10 Thoughts You Have When Finding Your First Job

https://www.google.com/search?site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=934&q=first+job&oq=first+job&gs_l=img.3..0l10.5850.6810.0.7012.9.7.0.2.2.0.96.561.7.7.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..0.9.581.U_aC0WFTS0s#imgrc=cGciSESLD5sYPM%3AIf you are about to graduate in May and have been proactive with your job search – on resume tweaking, interviewing, and networking your last few months. If you have been, “enjoying” your last few months of college and not focusing on your job search, May seems like a scary month. Don’t worry, you still have time to network and apply for positions. Here are 10 thoughts that will probably run through your head in the next few months.

This is going to be easy! Wrong. If this is your first job search, you will have a very optimistic attitude. You should, landing a great job is exciting for any person, at any point in their career; however, don’t think it is going to be a piece of cake. It takes dedication and lots of “no’s” to land a great job.

I put my resume on all career sites and my phone is blowing up, this is AWESOME! Career sites work by filtering the most updated and relevant information. If you post a new resume online, recruiters will contact you and you could have a lot of opportunities. Make sure you take the time to weed out the great opportunities from the average ones.

Wait, why do most of these job postings not have any salary information? Most employers do not list salary information on career sites. They do this because they want to keep their options open for different pay scales to determine if the person is the right fit.

Yeah, I’m taking a bunch of calls and talking with people. This is great! One of the best parts about applying to multiple jobs is the interview experience you will get. Try to schedule a few a week. By doing this, you are not only giving yourself the maximum amount of opportunities, but you are gaining interview skills that you will use for the rest of your career.

First round of interviews! Holy cow, I am nervous! You may nail your first interview or you may have to bang your way through it. It’s all a part of the process. Keep your head up and remember this is all part of learning.

Okay . . . none of those interviews were something I was interested in. What now? Back to the drawing board! If you don’t find a position you really love, don’t settle. Keep looking and narrow down your job search. You will start to notice the difference between good job postings and job postings that are just looking to fill a spot. You are not just a number on an excel document, so get out of there and find a quality position.

Okay, I’m going to read the whole job description this time and not just “quick apply”. Good! Take your time and really research the descriptions. Also, see what else is out there, some companies will only post available positions on their company page, some will only spread it through word of mouth, and some will simply go straight to a recruiting service. Use all of your resources.

Hey, this one looks pretty good . . . After all of your hard work, you will find a position that really reaches out to you and catches your eye. When you do find that position, do your research and prepare. It all comes down to you!

I rocked that interview! You had a great interview? That’s awesome! Take notes after the interview is over and write down everything you liked, and what needs to be worked on. After an interview, it is important to send a follow-up “Thank You” email. Now, it’s time to wait.

I haven’t heard from them . . . should I email them? No, I should wait. Should I . . . ? You may have a lot of thoughts going through your head right now but NO, you should not email them. If you haven’t heard from them in a few days, just wait. If they want you, they will reach out to you. If you reach out to them first and you were their top pick, you will give away all of your negotiating power. Be patient and wait.

I got the offer! You have officially received your first verbal offer! This is very exciting but remember, nothing is official until you get the written offer.

Hello offer letter! Now it is time to celebrate! Congratulations!

Did we miss any thought you may have had during the job hunt?

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