Looking for your first job can be an intimidating experience. It feels like everybody has more experience than you do and you may start to wonder why any employer would ever pick you? Don’t get discouraged. It is possible to show the employer that you are the perfect candidate for the job, even without any work experience. Here are five ways that you can stand out above your competition.
Good Grades. Employees are measured by their achievements and students are measured by their grades. If you show the employer that you scored top marks in your classes, they will expect that you’ll work hard and perform well on the job should they decide to hire you.
Volunteer Work. Through volunteer work, you can get the opportunity to try tasks that you may not be given in a paid job. Volunteer work can show that you are responsible and professional and it demonstrates a commitment to the community.
Extracurricular Activities. Most employers like to hire candidates that are well rounded. An involvement in sports, committees and other activities shows that you are an active student with many interests and talents.
Relevant Course Work. If the courses that you studied at school are related to your target position, then put them on your resume. Relevant course work gives you an in-depth knowledge of the subject area and makes you aware of recent research and trends.
Passion. Employers are always looking for candidates with passion for the position and the organization. When you are enthusiastic about your job, you work harder, achieve more, and people enjoy working with you. Nobody wants to hire an employee that doesn’t want to be there. As someone who is newly entering the industry or the workforce, passion is the one area where you can easily compete with your more experienced counterparts. Tell the employer why you are excited to be there and what the job would mean to you.
When you’re looking for a job, you can’t get too caught up on the skills and experience that you don’t have. Insead, be proud, focus on your strengths, and tell the employer why they should offer you that job.
(Written by: Karen Bivand)