I think the key to getting your first job or a job when you are currently without one is to be able to express on a job application or in an interview that you have the necessary skills in order to be successful in the role. There are a lot of skills in a job that can be learned outside of a job. For example, communication skills are key in almost any job. If you are able to illustrate that you have communicated well in school with your teachers/professors and other students through school projects or student organizations, then you likely will present those same skills in a job. In addition, discipline and hard work will take you far in any career. If you can show on your application that there is an activity you have worked hard at and succeeded, you will also illustrate discipline and that character trait will be very appealing to a future employer. Lastly, in order to actually procure a position, I recommend asking friends and friends of friends if their current employers are hiring. You can also look at job sites online for your local area or create a LinkedIn profile if you're looking for a professional position. A LinkedIn profile is free and will allow you to view available positions and connect with those in the field you are interested in.
Maggie recommends the following next steps:
- Create a resume - This will allow you to showcase your current background and skills to future employers. If you have a resume prepared and up-to-date then you'll be ready to apply to the job you are interested when the time comes. There are templates for how to build your resume online.
- Search job sites for available positions - See what is available in your area for your background and skillset. If you find that you need some additional skills for the job you are interested in, then brush up on these skills before applying.
- Apply and submit your resume! Good Luck!