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You've have reached the stage of your life when it’s time to go out into the "real world" and look for work. It's quite a daunting and overwhelming task. Where do even you start looking? How do you draft a CV? How do you prepare for an interview? These are all the questions you are asking yourself right now.
Step 1: What do you want?
It’s very important that you do a self-evaluation and be honest with yourself. Ask yourself what your goal is, what would you like to accomplish? It’s important to decide which role you want to play in your perspective industry. Use your university's careers service for advice, speak to your lecturers. When in doubt, focus on what you don't want to do and work by a power of deduction
Step 2: Research
It’s important that you do your due diligence in doing as much research as possible for your perspective job, especially in what it entails. There’s no such thing as to much research! Research which risks could be involved, your potential working hours etc. Research the company/organization you would like to work for and what sets them apart from the competition.
Step 3: Networking
It’s important that you build a network. Once you build a network with industry professionals, it will be much easier for you to get a job. Ask family members, try use social media as a tool to get in contact with some one that already has the experience and has the job/position you would like to fill. Don’t be afraid to reach out and offer to take them for coffee to could learn more about the job from a professional. Nine times out of ten people are always keen to help and lend advice so don’t be afraid. Networking is not exclusive to being in person. Check out online networks like LinkdIn or Trusted Interns
Step 4: Online Activity
This could be a inconvenience or a strong point as these days people are quick to judge you from your online profile. People are held accountable for what they post online, especially if it goes against your potential employers moral. Make sure that you use social media to your advantage and remove anything that could put you at disrepute. Make sure to dust your digitals!
Step 5: CV
Make sure you have a up to date and brief CV. One specific, tailored CV for the position you are applying for. It’s important to always check your CV and constantly update it. When applying for a job, change any details that need to be tailored to that position advertised.
Step 6: The Interview
You've passed the formalities and made it to the interview stage! WTH do you do now? This is where your research kicks in. Make sure you know the ins and outs of the company so as not to be caught off guard by a question. Body language is everything. Don't slouch, push your shoulders back. Place your hands in your lap or between your legs to prevent fidgeting. Tilt your head to the side to show that your are interested in what they are saying. Take a moment to think about the question, don't rush to give an answer. Once the interview has concluded and they ask if you have any questions, ask if they have any concerns with your application or experience. While they may not expect this question, what they say can be used to improve your CV and any weak points in your application procedure. It allows you an opportunity to address the concerns they may have, and shows that you are taking the needs of their company into consideration.