Congratulations, class of 2020!
You have been officially trained at the university - and under very unusual circumstances have downloaded. Everything you have worked for so far leads to this point - in the end you will be working full time and finally (!) you will be paid for the talents you can offer. Are you ready for an adult case?
However, before you get to this point, you have to get a job first, and that is a totally different challenge this year. You're facing a mountain climb - there's a lot of talent and competition, and opportunities can sometimes be limited. And because the pandemic creates more obstacles to really excel, you have to travel an extra mile.
And that's why we're here to help! Here are some tips and tricks you can take with you on the first - and perhaps the hardest - job of your life:
Bring out your best self.
The first step in your job search is to send your résumé (short for resume), also known as your resume, to all the companies you would like to work for. Your resume contains basic information about you, your education and work experience.
Think of it as your high point, showing the best parts of the "professional you". And, like all attractions, you want them to be short, sweet and straight to the point. Include only the awards, extracurricular activities and special skills you're most proud of and that scream unique.
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But most importantly, your resume is 100% honest. Trust us, recruiters can spot jewelry and nonsense a mile away. Don't risk your employers discovering your lies one day and interrupting you for it. In fact, even if your resume is not as impressive as you would like, recruiters will already be surprised by the hard truth.
Bring your interview to game A.
You can tell your employer so much on your resume if you're going to be in good shape. Therefore, there is a chance that if they are impressed with your resume, they will invite you to an interview (online or in social isolation).
The interview tends to scare a lot of people, especially those who are uncomfortable with public speaking and being put on display. But don't worry, you have nothing to fear. The goal of the interview is for employers to be able to assess your suitability for the company and role you are applying for.
So the best thing you can do is relax. Relax, answer the questions honestly and sincerely. Hinga ka ng malalim before you start! Don't be afraid to open up and talk to the interviewer to make your life easier.
However, a good part of whether or not you will be interviewed depends on how well you have prepared for the interview. Research the company and the position to show that you know exactly what you are getting into. Make sure you know your resume inside and out, so you can respond in detail if asked.
Most importantly, dress like you're ready for the job. You don't want to look like you just got out of bed. Take a few minutes to get ready in the morning. Wear a stylish work shirt, comb your hair and make sure there are no stains on your face. And, of course, make sure you wear a smile and a good attitude.
Come kill on your first day.
Now that you have a job, it's time to make sure you have a future, and the only way to do that is to make a good impression on your first day. This is your chance to reinvent yourself as a professional. Say goodbye to excuses and lazy people, and salute professionalism and discipline.
The first thing to do is to be on time. Make sure you know exactly what time you should be online for this Zoom meeting. After all, excuses like cork don't work anymore. (The "Wag Mag-snooze" button, okay?)
Since it is your first day at work, you must remember that your first job is to learn. Working life is incredibly different from school, so many things will be completely new to you.
Listen and observe carefully, and try to ask as many questions as possible, especially if there is something you do not understand. Communicate as much as possible with your bosses and colleagues. Yes, the temptation to switch screens and watch YouTube videos instead and scroll through Twitter or Instagram during a meeting is there, but trust us - not giving in will pay off when you start to change your obligations.
Don't take your job for granted.
Finally, a little gratitude goes a long way in the past. You've been given this job opportunity, and like it or not, you're a rookie whose boss has decided to take a chance on other people. In many ways, you need them as much as they need you.
So, if you need a very easy way to get off on the right foot, accept and thank your bosses and those who helped you for the opportunity. Let them know that you appreciate the work and the opportunity, and that you are grateful for working with them. Remember that the job market is complicated right now, so make the most of what you have right now.
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