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Securing an Entry Level Role

On21/ 09 /15

Our 5 top tips to start your career

In today’s competitive job market, gaining an entry-level role is no easy task. It takes work, commitment and a healthy dose of resilience.

It also can present a contradiction in terms; the job may ask for experience but you need a job to build up your experience in the first place! So what is a first job candidate to do?

Here are 5 tips, to help you reach the first rung of the job ladder.

1. Use All Your Contacts

When it comes to getting that first role in your chosen field, you really need to make use of all your existing contacts, as well as looking to forge new ones.

Before you say, ‘But I don’t know anyone in the industry’, stop right there! These days, help is to be found just a click away.

LinkedIn is a remarkable tool to connect with those in your target industry, however you can also use it to find alumni of your college or university who are working in the field.

Contact these people, and ask them for any tips and advice they might have. Ask them how they got into the industry, and how their company recruits for entry-level positions. This may seem a little intimidating at first but remember that they have been through this themselves!

2. Be Focused

Whilst you may be open to a number of different possibilities and want to keep your options open, hiring managers are looking for focused individuals who know exactly what they want.

Put yourself in the position of an interviewer for a second and think who you would rather hire. a) The person who says they don’t mind what area they work on, or b) The focused individual who outlines their precise area of interest and is able to explain why they are passionate about it?

So, take some time to pinpoint the position you want, preferably down to the job title. You will then be able to go after your chosen role with focus and commitment.

3. Do Your Research

Research should be a given when applying for any job, however it’s surprising how many job candidates don’t cover the basics.

For those seeking an entry-level position, doing your research is crucial; after all, you’re unlikely to have any practical experience that you can talk about.

So, find out everything you can about your chosen role, industry and the key players in the market. Before an interview, research a company’s clients, their competition, their biggest successes and likely challenges.

4. Applications – Think Quality not Quantity

When the press is full of doom and gloom about hard it is to get an entry-level role, it may be tempting to simply apply for everything. However, with this approach you may spread yourself too thinly, and it will be hard for you to give each application the attention it deserves.

So, be a little selective about your applications. Only chose the roles that look genuinely interesting and offer the potential to really develop your career. Take some time to find out more about each role and match your skills carefully to the job spec.

Employers receive high volumes of applications for entry-level roles these days, so taking the time to make sure yours stand out, will always be worth the effort.

5. Be Persistent

This may sound like an obvious point, however persistence is essential when trying to get that crucial first job. There will be moments when you feel like giving up but it really does pay to stick at it!

By persisting, you will be continuously improving your skills and gradually moving closer to gaining that all-important first position.

Entry Level Expertise

Securing an entry-level role may be a challenge, however a little effort goes a long way. So, ensure you use all your contacts for advice, and possible openings be focused and put time into each application.

But above all, keep going! Once you get into the right role, you’ll be in a strong position to develop your career.

Bucks and Bucks have been helping candidates onto the job ladder since 1922! To find out how we can help you, contact us to speak to one of our experienced consultants.
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