Finding your very first job is easy, but getting just the RIGHT job is easier said than done. First of all, you need to define what the right job is for you. This can be the hardest part, but once you have a mindset on what you really want, the other steps would not be so hard.
Maybe not everyone who is beginning their careers is aware of how difficult it is to find the right job. Even an employee who has been in a particular job for years sometimes discovers that the job he has is not the right one for him.
The question is how do you know if it is the right job for you? Why is it so hard to find just the right first job?
One of the biggest mistakes a person starting a career can make is not having the right focus. Not having an idea of what you want to do will make your job hunt a difficult thing to do. You have to have an idea what it is you do the best, what it is you like doing the most. Then you can narrow your choices to just 2 or 3 job types.
It is a waste of time if you do get a job and you end up hating it. So you just quit and start all over again. You are wasting precious time that should have been used to get better at the job, learn some expertise and all. What can even be worse is whatever network you establish with the wrong job will be useless to you.
You can avoid all these by figuring out what your line of expertise is and the things you love to do. It would also help to think of what you hate doing. Consider also what skills you have and your educational background.
One sure step to take is to consult a career path coach. If you don’t have access to a career coach, reading the book “What Color is Your Parachute?” is a great reading that will help you identify your direction.
Once you have chosen your path or the type of job you would like, it is time to search for employers in that line. Do some research on the different companies you plan to apply on to prepare you for the interview and to determine also if the company goals and mission fit yours. It would be extremely helpful if you have friends or relatives who have worked or who work in those companies. First-hand information from them would help you make the decision if you would apply or not.
From there, everything is a breeze. Just read up on how to prepare for job application and you’re all set to conquer the world – all starting from finding your first job.