Your first job demands the best out of you right from the career identification, job hunting, and preparation for interview to working at office. You cannot afford to leave any stone unturned as you don’t have spectacular job experience or a co. brand name or references to back you up. And so it’s your 100% only that you get you the job and your career a good start.
Things to do:
- Identify the career you want to enter and accordingly surf for the opportunities you have therein and whether you meet the requirements or not.
- Identify your skills and analyze what profile and domain suits you. Search for relevant openings thereby and apply for them.
- Take expert’s advice, either from your seniors or from professionals that will help you know and frame you way ahead.
- Your resume has to be very professional and precise, easy to read and summarizing all your academic and professional highlights. Your resume is your identification and description.
- Prepare a cover letter describing you and the reason why you want to join the firm (you have applied for), your knowledge about this job and its KRAs and your set of skills that suit this job.
- Prepare well for the interview read about the company, its ventures & product line and the job-profile you are applying for and give-in your 100% to make a good impression.
- Ask relevant questions related to your KRAs, HR policies, etc. in the interview, so that you make a rational decision/bargain.
- Find yourself a first job that is challenging and offers you opportunities as it is the foundation stone of you career.
- As a resource for your boss, try to anticipate your boss’s requirements and be helpful to him acting pro-actively.
10. Be transparent and follow a complete communication cycle.
Things not to do:
- Don’t settle for job where you are underrated and/or under-challenged.
- Don’t make false commitments about your capabilities, as it may later cause dissatisfaction at your boss’s side and effect your employee-employer relation.
- Do not exaggerate your skills and qualifications as if illegible responsibilities allotted to you at later stage will be problem for both you as well as your boss.
- Do not hide errors and problems from your boss anticipating a bad impression as asking these questions and learning solutions only, you will be able to overcome it and learn the skills.
- Don’t be casual and hasty in making decisions and/or while learning something being taught to you.