No matter whether you are a teenager or older, you will definitely need to prepare yourself for a successful job search. And when it is your first job you need to do more preparation to increase your chances of getting hired. You will need to accumulate all the information that could help enhance your resume. Considering little or no work experience in case of a first job, you will need to include experiences in volunteering, babysitting and other similar kinds of work experiences. And it won’t really matter whether you received a paycheck for doing these jobs or not.
It is important for students and first time jobseekers that it may take some time (particularly because you do not have previous work experience) to land your first job. Given below are some important tips on conducting your first job search and successfully find it.
Being persistent means you have to follow-up with the employer or the hiring manager after waiting for a few days of applying for a job. If you applied for your first job in person, you should meet the hiring manager once again to enquire about the opportunity. Let the hiring manager be informed that you are really interested in the job opportunity.
Since you have applied for a job for the first time does not mean you have to sit idle at home waiting for the telephone bell to ring. Apply for as many jobs as possible to increase your chances of landing one.
Do not become the applicant who is available only for a limited number of hours. Be flexible with your working hours while applying for your first job. Applicants who are flexible to work any number of hours have greater chances of finding a job compared to those who are available only during selected work hours.
Leverage Your Connections
You will definitely enhance your chances of finding your first job if you are ready to use your connections including your family, friends and relatives. Suppose your mom regularly visits a drug store where you would like to work. Have your mom mention to the store manager or hiring manager that you are actually looking for a job.
Since it is your first job, it does not mean you need to dress casually while visiting the employer. If you are applying for your first job at a store, go and visit the store to have an idea about the appropriate dressing clothes of the employees. This will give you a fair idea about how to dress appropriately when you visit the store to apply for a job.
Don’t Give Up
Since you carry little or no experience, it will definitely take some time before you find one. Therefore, do not be discouraged after being rejected one or more times. Just keep applying for as many jobs as possible. Remember, you future career will always begin with that first job you are looking for.