Getting the first job is always is a big tick for a millennial. But nowadays getting some impressive degree from a reputed university is just not enough, particularly if you starting out on your own.
Given the healthy competition for the few vacancies, it important to know little things which could differentiate the profile in securing the job.So what are the pointers to be kept in mind more particularly worked on to get your first job?
Research : Introspect your interest, domain you would want to start with & is your education helping you in achieving?If you feel you are short in any course from the technical point of view. Take up some certification courses on a global platform like Coursera, Edx.Free ones are good to start with but advanced ones will give you the certification which establishes your credentials. For example, for finance domain, you would want to decide if you are keen on the analyst, Risk management or auditing role. With deciding so, you can think to take additional exams like CIMA, FRM, CFA. Also, get in touch with faculties, alumni for the advice. A referral from either of them will help you in getting the first break.
Internships/Projects:Internships are a great option to kick start the work in the domain you wish to work in future.Many start-ups offer internships in the various domain (free or paid). As a fresher, sometimes you need be ready to work even for free. Many times your good work on a project could get you noticed by a lot of people & internship or part time opportunity could convert into a full-time job offer.In Europe & US, it’s a common practice.So buckle up, give that extra cent. Make no mistake about it, extra efforts do get noticed.In worst case scenario, you can always ask Letter of recommendation from your mentor. An LOR will do wonders if you go for a job hunt.More so, it solidifies your candidature in a given expertise.
Social Media:Yes, Social Media does matter a lot.Your name will be googled & 1st page of the google search will be analysed thoroughly.It has become a common practice not just among recruiters but B-school ad-com team. A complete Linkedin profile with all details mentioned –Date of joining, Job description, Results achieved, Certification attached, skills endorsed by friends, coworker & good reviews does make a good impression. Linkedin can be a good way to connect with recruiters of the company. Also, say for example you want to get a job in a photography sector.Your work on Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat as well as a number of followers on the platform will be taken into account..You can use Glassdoor to observe pro & cons of company you wish to work for.Also, do follow companies on their social media page to know about their job updates.
Soft skills: Irrespective of your technical knowledge, your communications skill, presentation skills, ability to lead & work within the team will be under the lens. You don’t need to be Oxford dictionary of English or any other language.But be effective in your presentation & communication.Technical knowledge could take so far.But soft skills could decide or differentiate you from rest in eliminators.That’s the reason companies have Group Discussion, HR Interview & Writing ability Test.For a Business Development executive role more than the knowledge, it's your soft skill which will matter.
Company Overview: The interviewer will in most case test your knowledge of the company.You should be aware of companies history, business it is into as well its competitor.How do you see company helping you achieve your goals 5 -10 year down the line.What you think the company should improve on.For example –For a local e-commerce industry will ask your opinion what market to target your ideas & what you know about the company.
Fear of rejection: While appearing for an interview, you could be nervous. The interviewer does understand that. That’s why the first question always asked “Tell me about yourself” to calm your nerves. Do remember interviewers are always trying to find a point to hire you instead of rejection.So make sure to highlight why you best fit the company with your previous work, skills & vision. In the case of rejection, it's better to move on & work on areas you lacked post self-analysis.Next time does try to simulate the same atmosphere before going for an interview.The simulation does help.And more importantly, don’t just wait for result keep on applying till you finally have an official letter in hand.