Nail That Job: A Guide to a Successful First Job

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Ever heard someone tell the story of what they felt when they got their first job? It’s a bundle of emotions — a mixture of joy and anxiety, as they go to their so-called first day on the job.

Whether you’re looking for a food processing human resources career or a customer service position, the worry in all first-day-on-the-jobs are equally related. In fact, Stanislaus Food Products and many popular career portals in the industry know these all too well.

For All Job Hunters

If you’ve yet to experience the worry of that first day, though, you should read on. Here’s what you should do if you want to land that position you’re applying for:

1. Advertise YOU

The best thing you can do right now is to know yourself professionally. What are the things you know you can do? What are the things you’re not qualified for? These, when asked and compared to the job you’re applying for, will tell you whether you’re a fit for that position or not.

2. Resume = First impression

Your resume is always the first thing employers will know about you. List all that you think potential employers need to know about you. You should also proofread and check your resume for errors. Remember to keep it simple and straight to the point.

3. Arm yourself with what you need for the job

What you learned in college is only the tip of the iceberg. If you have the means to study up in the industry you want to enter, do it by all means. If not, you can always read up using the Internet for what your desired position entails and how you can nail the position in your favor.

4. Use your connections.

If you have people with knowledge of positions you’re looking for, talk to them. Friends and connections are a great way of looking for jobs. As you’re also friends, they can give you what it’s like to be working for that company or what the position needs.

5. Clean up your act on social media.

Social media is now being used by employers to search potential candidates or research their background. Maintain a clean social media presence; no one’s going to hire you based on that night you got really hammered.

It’s never easy to search for a job, and let alone land one. It takes a combination of determination, focus, hard work, and optimism to make it all work. Keep at it and you’ll be on your own first day on the job before you know it, ready to tackle the first of what could be many days in the office.