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Steps to Successful Job Landing for Fresh Graduates

Landing that first job after graduation may be one of the most difficult things accomplished over the course of a career. The first thing to note is that finding the right job is more than simply searching for postings online and emailing a resume. The job search is a process and often times a frustrating one. The process involves research, outreach, follow-up, and determination.

Here are some guidelines to land your first dream job

1. Know Your Goals

Before setting out on a job search, ask yourself what you really want out of your career. It might seem silly, but perhaps you don’t know your own goals and aspirations as well as you think. You do not have to set and state lifelong goals, but you should express immediate and short-term options to implement action plans. And, you can have multiple and varied goals. Clear goals are expressed using field, function and firm descriptions for internships or post commencement jobs. A number of websites provide information, and facilitate self-assessment and exploration required of goal setting.

2. Prepare Documentation

Once you know what you are looking for in a job, start preparing all the required documentation. Resume, Cover letter, Portfolio, Recommendations and other required material which focuses on your goals and qualifications. Your resume is a dynamic snapshot of your skills, experience, and professional objectives. It is important to keep it updated.

3. Do your Research

Once your resume is ready, take help of printed and online media to look for various job opportunities. Make a routine of checking various job postings websites every day. Find various organizations and places of your interest and post your application.

4. Never stop networking

Networking is a great way to discover hidden job opportunities and to set yourself apart from the pack. Network in person, through social media and make sure to remember to follow-up with your contacts in order to keep them fresh. This way, when a great opportunity opens up, you’re smiling face is the first they imagine. It's a good idea to stay in touch with your school and college alumni, through the Internet. In fact, senior students especially those from the immediate previous batch, often give a correct picture of the job market, the best paid jobs, work culture and the present salary structures.

5. Respond to Job postings

Take first steps, and then keep the flow of communications persistent, yet appropriate. Attach a resume to initial correspondence as well as follow up e-mail or fax notes. Work effectively by phone, e-mail, or in person with all involved in your efforts. Develop your personal elevator pitch. Work on your Interview Skills. Research about the companies you have actively communicating. Always prepare prior to these special conversations with a purpose. Once you land an interview your half job is done.

6. Build your Qualification

Your employer will be interested in hearing about how you intend to become a better employee. Think about which skills will make you more competent in the position you're applying for. Find some books and upcoming conferences that would significantly improve your abilities. Never stop learning and adding to your knowledge base. Know what skills and qualifications are necessary in your field and got out there and brush up those skills. Take a certification course or even spend some time with someone in a different department to find out how other aspects of the company work. Each experience will enhance your chances of obtaining your goals

7. Follow Up

It is important to follow up with the people who have interviewed you. Send a thank you letter within twenty-four hours of your interview. Also contact the employer if you haven't heard whether you got the job, or not, within a week or so of interviewing. Inquire about the status of your candidacy and ask if you can provide any additional information.

8. Receive a Job Offer and Acceptance

Conduct post-offer analysis after you have received employment. Accept the offer which is right for your goal.

Job hunting is tough, make no mistake. If you spend 100 percent of your time hunting for a job, you will burn out. Don’t forget to relax and take a break occasionally. Make time for the things which are important to you, so you can return to the search refreshed and ready to snag your dream job






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