Best Tips for Finding your First Job

Kangan Institute Blog

No matter who you are or what you study, getting ready to launch your career is a very exciting time. You are most likely thinking about the future as you prepare to set off down your path to the working world so that you can eventually start a long-lasting, fruitful career that provides you plenty of compensation and rewarding work.

Before you can start your career, however, you need to make sure that you can secure employment. In Australia, although the unemployment rate has gone up slightly since the beginning of the year, it is still very possible to find a good job if you take the right approach. If you are working on finding your first job, there are a few specific steps that can help you start your professional path at a place that is great for you.

Network in Your Field
While finding a job may be your ultimate goal, as you are searching for a job it is critical that you remember the importance of meeting people and making connections. There are plenty of ways to do this. If you recently graduated from a university, for example, you might see if there are any organisations or departments within the university that help recent graduates get connected with companies that are hiring. You should also think about attending conventions or events held by major companies or trade organisations in your industry, as these events are an excellent way to meet people that you may run into over the course of your career.

Attend Job Fairs or Expos
These events are also valuable for finding your first job, because they are a great way to meet businesses that are looking to fill many different positions. These kinds of events allow you to get in front of many different employers at the same time, so it is important that you prepare yourself adequately and are ready to talk about your skills and unique experiences. Even if you do not find a job opportunity directly from the event, you will get the chance to make a connection with people who may be able to help you down the road. Many different institutions run career expos, including The Age VCE and Careers Expo, which features Kangan Institute.



Keep Your Options Open
When finding your first job, you may feel the temptation to try to get your perfect job right away. Many people who are looking for their first job are often very confident after finishing tertiary education and believe that they can or should get a job that is perfectly aligned with their skills and interests.

The reality is, as someone without any experience in the working world you may not even know right away what your dream job will be. To help you get to know yourself and the various types of work that you may be fit for, it is important that you try new things and broaden your horizons, as well as getting qualified along the way. You may find yourself equipped with a skill that you never knew you had, which could open up an entirely new job field that has lots of good opportunities for you.

Interview as Often as Possible
While you should not take interviews for jobs that you are not interested in simply for the sake of interviewing, remember that interviewing is a skill itself. The better you are at interviewing, the more likely it is that you will be able to get the job you desire when you go on an interview with potential employers. For this reason, if you are on the fence about whether or not you should take an interview, it might be a good idea to go ahead and do so. Even if you don’t end up getting the job or if you decide to turn down their offer, you will be able to gain some valuable experience with the interviewing process and get some insight into what kinds of questions hiring managers might ask you in the future. This experience will serve you well in case you find yourself needing to interview for jobs in the future.

Being new to the working world means you have lots of opportunities available to you. If you take a proactive approach to finding your first job, not only will you secure gainful employment, but you will also be able to start forging the connections that will create a solid professional network for your entire career. Following these steps will put you well on your way towards experiencing the kind of success that you desire, both in finding your first job and for the long term in your professional path.