We know that finding the first job when you are newly graduated is not an easy task. There are many types of programs that will help us establish our professional development, gain experience and, above all, improve our employability. To do this, we share tips to find the first university job. The work stage does not begin when the student finishes the degree or looks for his first practices, but it is necessary to do a previous work “of field” from the first courses.
Set yourself a long-term goal.
In the search for our first job we should not focus on the conditions, but focus on intangible elements: the possibility of learning, making new contacts, demonstrating skills to the company and ending up promoting or simply adding a very valuable experience to the curriculum that opens the doors of future job offers. In other words, we have to set a long-term goal and work to reach it from below.
Specialize your candidacy
In a highly competitive market, the traditional degrees: journalist, doctor, biologist … have become obsolete, at least by themselves: they have to be given a surname. For example: economic journalist, forensic doctor, marine biologist, etc. In other words, we are in the era of specialization and this requires us to become true experts. Most of the areas are multidisciplinary and we must focus our attention on a specific piece of knowledge. To choose our branch of specialization we must interrelate 3 variables: what the market demands, what I like to do and what I am good at.
First study the market
Then, write the curriculum. Why? Simply because it is easier for us to adapt to the market so that the market adapts to us. To study the market, it is necessary to internalize the dynamics of consulting daily the main employment portals. In this way we can know which profiles are most demanded and which competencies are most valued. With this information, we will write a suitable curriculum for the offers of our sector.
Create a curriculum centered on your competences
How to make our CV attractive if we do not have work experience? Simply, focusing attention on our skills and extracurricular activities. Everything adds up when it comes to convincing the company to give us an opportunity for the first time. Some of the qualities most valued by companies are: social and communication skills, analytical skills, flexibility and adaptability to change, versatility, teamwork, initiative and, above all, positive attitude.
Exhausts all sources of job search
We must move our application through the maximum number of channels: Center for Employment Guidance and Information of the University (COIE), employment portals, Public Employment Services, corporate webs of companies, employment agencies, Professional Associations, Social Networks, Networking etc.
Find someone to guide you
It is an interpersonal learning technique where a person with experience and knowledge (mentor) is assigned who supports another, more junior, to understand their professional development. Surely in your environment you find close people who have professionally dedicated to what you are studying (neighbors, friends of your parents, acquaintances …). Do not be afraid to ask for advice and guidance: we have all gone through the same and will understand perfectly.
Build your personal brand I (Social Networks)
If companies Google our name and we have an active professional profile in Social Networks, we will have many more possibilities to pass the first filter. In addition, many organizations even begin to exclude candidates who are not users of LinkedIn or Twitter. On the other hand, Social Networks will increase our network of contacts and allow us to access offers that are only published on these platforms.
Build your personal brand
Create a blog Social networks are essential to build our personal brand, but creating and managing a blog is an immense differential value that will differentiate us from the mass. The blog will become our virtual space par excellence, the support in which we will share reflections, news, recommendations and other articles of interest for our sector.
Work on your communication skills
The fear of speaking in public blocks us and limits our talent. Overcoming it is very useful in order to increase our security and access to responsible jobs. In the Guide we expose some techniques to overcome this fear.
Do not be afraid of the suitcase
Spend a season abroad. Stays abroad presuppose values and skills that will differentiate us from the majority: restlessness, curiosity, ability to develop, tolerance, breadth of vision and the latest (and perhaps most important) language proficiency. Spending time abroad is especially important when we do not have professional experience, and will undoubtedly become a differentiator when competing with other candidates.