Helpful Tips for Landing That First Job After Campus

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If you land your internship program, don’t just attend, crush the program to impress the employer. [iStockphoto]

Kenya’s youth unemployment has become a major societal challenge as the numbers continue to soar despite hundreds of thousands of university graduates each year.

The competition for a place in the country’s job market is fierce and you have to be extremely versatile and stand out to be part of the always stimulating and dynamic workforce.

The path to achieve this normally involves being enrolled in industrial attachments as one seeks to gain crucial work experience.

If you land your internship program, don’t just attend, crush the program to impress the employer.

“Stand out among your peers! Go out there and show employers what you’re capable of,” said Erin Berthon, a career counselor at Chapman University.

Here are some helpful tips that will set you apart from the crowd as you grow professionally and achieve that lifelong career dream.

Be a go-getter

Once you apply for this job, keep tracking calls and emails.

Know the manager. Assuming you got an interview, express your confidence that you are the cable and the right person for the job.

Tell the boss that you are a go-getter and that you can accomplish any task given to you.

Maximize your resources

Students usually lack money to get things done, especially while networking.

The school environment can be a good instrument to strengthen your career path.

Teachers are good mentors. When you leave for an internship, you can use leads on interviews, CV writing, advice via your external contacts.

Danielle Hall of the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Sciences said she benefits from the university’s Cooperative Counselor Program.

Gain experience

This is a deal-breaker especially if a potential employer seems to be delaying.

You can look to volunteer while waiting for this appointment with your employer.

Expand your CV as much as you can and always update it.

Advance your academic qualifications

It’s a plus to take a short course related to your professional background.

Certificates from more than one specialization in an occupation are an added advantage.

Don’t Forget Academic Roots

Find out about the activities of graduates from your former institution. Such a program provides an opportunity to network with former colleagues who may live in green pastures and who can help you.

Review search strategy

It is strongly advised to take a step back and reconsider a new way of attracting the institution you wish to work for.

Study their accomplishments, roles, and goals to help you know if you’re a fit.

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