Congratulations, Class of 2020!
You’ve officially made it through college – and under very extraordinary circumstances to boot. Everything you have worked for is now leading up to this moment – you will eventually be employed full-time and finally (!) get paid for the talents you have to offer. Ready ka na ba for #adulting?
However, before you can even get to this point, you have to score yourself a job first – and doing so is a different challenge altogether this year. You’re facing an uphill climb – there’s lots of talent and competition out there and opportunities can sometimes be limited. And with the pandemic throwing in more hurdles, you’ll need to move the extra mile to truly stand out.
And that’s why we’re here to help! Here are some tips and tricks to take with you as you embark on the first – and possibly most challenging – job hunt of your life:
Highlight your best self
The first step of the job hunt is to submit your CV (short for curriculum vitae) also known as your resume – to all the companies you’d be willing to work for. Your CV lists basic information about yourself, your education, and your work experience.
Think of it as your highlight reel, showcasing all the best parts of “professional you.” And like all highlights, you want it short, sweet, and straight to the point. Include only the awards, extracurricular activities, and special skills that you are proudest of and that scream unique.
But that being said, the most important thing is to keep your CV one hundred percent honest. Trust us – recruiters can spot the embellishments and BS from a mile away. Don’t take the chance of your employers finding out about your lies sometime down the road and terminating you for it. In fact, even though your actual resume may not be as impressive as you’d like, recruiters will already be plenty impressed by solid truthfulness.
Bring your interview A-game
There’s only so much a CV can tell an employer if you’re going to be a good fit. So, chances are, if they’re impressed by your CV, you’ll be invited for an (online or socially distanced) job interview.
The job interview is usually terrifying to many, especially those who are uncomfortable with public speaking and being put on the spot. But don’t worry – there’s nothing to be scared of. The whole point of a job interview is just for employers to gauge whether or not you’re a good fit for the company and role you applied for.
So, the best thing you can do is just to relax. Be relaxed, sincere, and honest when answering questions. Hinga ka lang ng malalim before your start! Don’t be afraid to open up and engage with your interviewer to help make both of your lives much easier.
That said, a good part of whether or not you ace a job interview is down to how well you prepare. Do some background research on the company and position so that you can show that you know exactly what you’re getting into. Make sure you know your CV inside and out, so you can answer in detail if asked about it.
And most importantly, dress like you’re ready for the job. You don’t want to look like you just got out of bed. Spare a few minutes instead to get yourself ready in the morning. Wear a workplace-appropriate, smart casual shirt, brush your hair, and make sure there aren’t any stains on your face. And of course – don’t forget to wear your smile and good attitude.
Come to slay on your first day
Now that you’ve got the job, it’s time to make sure that you have a future there – and the only way to do that is to make a good impression on your first day. This is your chance to reinvent yourself into a professional. Say goodbye to excuses and slacker days – and hello to professionalism and discipline.
First things first: be on time. Make sure you know exactly what time you have to be online for that Zoom meeting. After all, excuses like traffic don’t fly anymore. (Wag mag-snooze button, okay?)
Because this is your first day at work, you have to remember that your first job is to learn. Work life is incredibly different from being in school, so a lot of things are going to be quite new for you.
Listen and observe carefully, and try to ask as many questions as you can, especially if there is something you don’t understand. Engage as much as you can with your bosses and colleagues. Yes, the temptation to switch screens and instead watch YouTube videos and scroll through Twitter or Instagram during a meeting is there, but trust us – not giving in will pay off when you start rocking your responsibilities.
Don’t take your job for granted
Lastly, a little bit of gratitude goes a long way. You’ve been given for this work opportunity – and like it or not, you’re a newbie who your bosses decided to take a chance on over other people. In many ways, you need them just as much as they need you.
So, if you want one very easy way to start off on the right foot, simply humble yourself and thank your bosses and those who’ve helped you for the opportunity. Let them know that you appreciate the job and the chance and that you are grateful to be working alongside them. Remember, the job market is tough right now, so make the most of the one that you have now.
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