How to find my first job
The first steps in your job search begin with defining your career goals and creating an action plan. This action plan is a list of tasks to be carried out in the job search, which will allow having the organization of the steps and presentations to be carried out, the actions carried out and the time it will take for each task.
Once done and with confidence in yourself, it is time to identify all the means that you have at your disposal to get your first job. And do not forget that in each step you take in your action plan, be persevering, adapt to the circumstances and strengthen your emotional and social intelligence.
To help you in this task, here are all the resources you can use to find your first job.
Network of contacts
Recruitment processes are often lengthy and expensive, so many companies turn to their personal contacts first when they need to fill a job.
The first step in building a network of contacts is to write a list of the people you know , whether or not they are related to the work activity that interests you. You don’t need to know each of these people very thoroughly. It is enough that they are willing to talk about you in their companies or in their professional environment. Learn how to work your network of contacts , it can help you make a big difference when looking for a job.
You can divide the list into the following categories:
- Personal relationships
- Relatives (parents, siblings, uncles, cousins …)
- Friend circle
- Colleagues and professors of the career
- Members of your sports club
- Members of your association …
- Professional relationships
- Former co-workers
- Secretaries …
- Your doctor
Once your list is finished, you analyze it and select those people that you consider can make it easier for you to find a job. Give them details about what you are looking for and your professional profile . Surely if they find out about an opportunity, they will think of you.
The Internet allows you to develop your network of contacts and access people you do not yet know and with whom you may be interested in getting in touch.
There are several online professional networks that allow you to create your curriculum vitae, post it online, and get in touch with people who may be able to help you find a job. The main professional networks are:
you will be able to fill in the basic data of your professional profile and indicate a public URL where you have your CV or VideoCurriculum posted. It can be on your own website, blog, or account on a professional network. So companies looking for candidates on DonEmpleo will be able to find you.
Keep in mind that a network of contacts does not usually pay off immediately, but it will help you establish a communication system that can give you results later.
Help from a mentor
A mentor can be the key to achieving personal goals related to work, as a mentor will help you find opportunities, connect you with your contacts and provide you with useful advice on how to guide your professional career, even hopefully it can open a door for you.
To find a mentor, who allows you to advance in your work situation and can guide you in achieving your goals, you must have confidence and admiration for the person, a friend, a former boss, a member of your family or person for Know that you have ample experience in relation to the area in which you want to develop professionally.
Candidates for mentors can be met or found mainly through networking events, but also in small specialized meetups and by searching Linkedin profiles.
Your university or training center
It is a fairly common practice that when companies need to hire professionals, with or without experience, they use the job boards of universities, business schools, academies, or training centers.
More and more universities and training centers, aware of the importance of professional opportunities for their students, organize departments or services dedicated to facilitating their employment. We recommend you:
- Request an interview with those responsible for career guidance at your university or training center.
- If your university or training center has a job board, sign up for it.
- If job offers from your university or training center are posted on their website, check them periodically.
- If your university or training center has an alumni association, become a member.
Internships and scholarships in companies
Carrying out internships and scholarships in companies is an excellent way to get a first professional experience and thus build a good curriculum vitae, and they also notably facilitate insertion into the job market.
If you are still studying and are interested in getting an internship, you should contact your internship manager and express your wishes.
All universities and institutes have employability and entrepreneurship services in which they can advise you in detail on professional practices, to get started in the world of work and gain experience.
If you have already finished your degree and you want to have contact with the company, there is the possibility of being able to receive one of the scholarships that are convened annually for recent graduates.
Company job boards
A very interesting way to find a job is to go directly to the website of the companies that interest you. There are already many large companies, SMEs (small and medium-sized companies), and micro-companies that have created a section on their website generally called “Work with us” where they publish their vacant positions.
Research the companies you would like to work for and find out as much information as you can about these companies. With all this information in your possession, adapt your curriculum vitae and cover letter, monitor their job offers, or send a spontaneous application (self-application) through the companies’ website, in many of them you can find the section to send your CV.
Job portals have the most extensive databases and this is where companies tend to go to browse resumes.
In the job portals you can, among other services, check the job offers they have and post your resume so that it can be consulted by companies that need to hire staff. In addition, in most cases, you will be able to create alerts and thus receive job offers by email when they meet the criteria you have defined.
If you are clear about the sector in which you want to work, you can go to specialized portals: practically every sector has its employment portal, although, being on the Internet, what is most abundant are IT and technology job boards.
Specialization does not only have to do with the sector. Thus, you can find job boards for part-time, freelance or inexperienced jobs.
Temporary work companies
Temporary work agencies (ETT) have proliferated throughout Spain and have become an option to consider for workers looking for a job .
ETTs are private companies whose activity consists of making workers available to another company (the user company) on a temporary basis. Some also offer recruitment services to fill permanent positions.
Although normally the user company resorts to hiring employees for a specified period of time, in certain cases the company ends up hiring the employee indefinitely.
It is recommended that you choose the temporary agency that best suits your professional profile, since some are specialized in specific sectors, such as professionals related to new technologies, construction, hospitality, etc.
Public Employment Services
Let’s not forget the first employer in Spain: the Spanish Public Administration, which also offers us multiple job offers, both public and private.
As you know, Spain, the INEM, or the SEPE is the official body of the State in charge of all aspects related to employment. Also, many Autonomous Communities, provinces, town halls, councils, chambers of commerce … have employment promotion services for people seeking work and managing job boards. To access these services it is necessary that you register at the employment office of your municipality.
If you are unemployed, you will be able to access totally free Occupational Training courses provided by this official body.
Fairs, trade shows, and employment forums
This type of fair is an opportunity for you to know, first-hand, companies that need to hire, their activity and corporate culture, the profile of candidates they are looking for, etc. In general, you can also deposit your resume at the stand of the companies that interest you, so be prepared.
Although the web pages of these fairs do not usually have job offers, we have compiled for you the fairs, salons, and employment forums in Pakistan
Most of the professional associations have their own job boards, as well as information and services for their members.
If you access the professional college of your career, you will be able to use the job board service in which the contacts and selection processes will be closely related to your professional interests.
Professional colleges usually charge a tuition fee, usually cheap for students who have just finished their studies.
Business and professional associations
Employers, confederations, employers’ federations … some have job boards and facilitate the procedures and hiring of certain groups.
Approach the business and professional associations of your profile or specialty to find out how they can help you.
Classifieds and notice boards
Another way to find a job is by going to classified ad websites. That is, to portals dedicated to the publication of advertisements of all kinds, including employment.
The main difference with respect to job portals is that they do not offer added services (insertion of curriculum, a follow-up …). And the main difference with respect to newspapers is that they do not have a paper version, that is, they were born and exist only on the Internet.
Visit our Classifieds and Notice Boards section to access the classifieds and notice boards with job vacancies.
As you can see, there are many sources that you can turn to to find your first job. Of course, many of them also serve you if you have become unemployed.