How to Apply for Your First Graduate Job

You are going to apply for that first job, right? But how do you feel? Well, different people have different kind of feelings when faced with this situation. Some jobseekers feel really excited. Some of them are nervous. Many others are quite confident about it. As a matter of fact, nervousness and excitement are all part of the process. If you want to make the most of this opportunity, you should prepare yourself in advance.

Given below are some tips that you can use to achieve success in getting that first job. Be prepared!

Make sure your resume is in good shape:

When it comes to applying for a first job, most of the jobseekers fail to create an impressive resume. If you want to avoid this mistake, you should do some research on your can create a resume to grab attention immediately.

Even those who lack experience can write an attractive resume. So, the first step is to use resume writing tips and have a look at a couple of samples.

Say no to trendy clothes:

A conservative approach towards dressing is the best idea while you go to meet with the employer. It’s always a good idea to dress like a professional. A casual approach might also work sometimes. In any case, you need to completely avoid dresses that signal the latest fashion trends.

Use off-peak hours for maximum attention:

There are various ways of contacting with the employer. You can submit a resume at a company. You can cold-call the employer. In both the cases, you should select the time carefully. It’s never a good idea to call or meet with the employer during busy hours. So, choose off-peak hours.

Know the reference:

If you got the job information from a reference, you should know a good bit about them. No matter whether it’s an employee, a friend or an influential person in the industry, you should always remember to mention the reference. Who you know can make a big difference to whether you should be called for an interview. Even if you got the information from an ad, you should remember the source and the date when it was published.

Don’t interrupt:

First time jobseekers should also remember not to disturb the employer or the hiring manager when they look busy. Don’t make any mistakes in desperation. If you interrupt someone in the middle of a conversation, you’ll make a bad impression. Act with patience.

Know how to complete a job application:

If you start applying for that first job, you should also be ready to successfully fill out the application form. Make sure the information that you provide in the employment application form is accurate, correct and complete. Some of key details that you’ll need to provide include position for which you apply, personal details, educational qualification, references, contact address etc. Make no spelling or grammatical mistakes. Recheck before submission.

Don’t forget to follow up:

Don’t ever forget to follow up with the companies you applied at. Most of the jobseekers don’t bother to reconnect with an employer who doesn’t respond after several days. If you really serious about landing interviews, you should always remember to telephone or email the employer (after a couple of days of applying) to know the status of your job application.

Be polite:

Don’t be harsh or rude if you are rejected. Remember, being rejected is just a part of the game. Always act with a positive attitude. If the employer has no vacancy, request them politely to inform you when a new job opportunity arises. Be polite so that you don’t ever burn bridges.

Be sure to check out How College Students Can Benefit from LinkedIn as well.

Author: James Tomerson writes regularly on career, education and latest job trends. To read more from him, you can visit, which also offers jobseekers a free career aptitude test to choose a career which is in tune with their career, aptitude and skills.

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