Last updated on December 6th, 2019 at 10:01 am

a young graduate with red hair has a sad face, because she struggles to get a good job

Everyone has to start somewhere.

Even the most successful managers, politicians, and business tycoons, as we know them today, had their first job someday. Nobody was born a successful businessman, or manager.

Some of the famous politicians and public figures did actually start their careers as mailmen, and some were even flipping burgers at McDonald’s. The way to the top always starts with the first step…

Getting a first job isn’t superbly difficult. You just have to learn to have realistic expectations, and to show the employer the value you can bring to their team.


The perspective of the winner

man is sitting on the top of the hill, looking at the sky, thinking about his lifeMost importantly, you have to see things in perspective. Perhaps the job you can get right now doesn’t look very appealing to you.

Take it just as a stepping stone. It is something you can put on your resume, your first real working experience. Everything will be much  easier afterwards.

On the top of that, you can learn a lot in every single job. You just have to open yourself to the experience and knowledge that is there to reach and embrace!

Flipping burgers at McDonald’s? Without realizing it, you are actually working for the most successful fast food company in the world! There’s definitely a lot to learn from them–about organization, effectiveness, discipline, franchising, and so on, and so forth.

So, ready to get the first job? Let’s have a look at a four step guide that should help you on your way!


Step 1: Assess what you can offer to the employers

Think about your strengths, your talents and skills. Can you speak any foreign languages? Are you skilled with a computer program, one that not many people are skilled with? Or do other people enjoy talking to you? Perhaps you are in a great shape, ready to handle a physically demanding job that most people won’t handle.

Many people have heard nothing but insults in their childhood. But forget what your family, or teachers, or friends said to you. There is a potential in you. You have a lot to offer to the employers!

Actually, everyone is good at least in something. You just need to find your strengths, and make a list of them.


Step 2: Connect your strengths with the job offers

entry level job interview in a big company. Three female interviewers listen to the answers of a job applicant. So here you are, with the list of your strengths, and perhaps also with the list of the things you enjoy doing. It is a best possible start for your job search–to know your qualities, to know what makes you happy in your daily life.

Look at the list right now, think about it for a few moments, and try to connect your strengths with jobs.

Do your strengths make from you a great candidate for a teller job? Or perhaps for a marketing trainee? Would you excel as a stocker? Or would you enjoy spending your time outside, picking fruits in the fields? Think about it for a moment.

And if you can not find the connection, look at entry level jobs in big corporations. These companies use a lot of testing in their interviews, and they do not care about previous working experience of the job candidate. What they care about is your motivation, and your attitude to work. And that has nothing to do with having experience.


Step 3: Submit some job applications, make your skills stand out

A man is writing a job application. The picture shows a black pen in hand and a paper job application.Many people do a mistake in this step. They pretend to have an experience, though they do none.

The key is to show the employer the truth. Tell them you have no experience, but show them other reason to give you a chance in an interview with their company.

The key is to show them that you have the right personality for the job, and that you can quickly learn how to do it well (check our job application tips).

Try to outclass the experienced candidates with your motivation, attitude to work, with your understanding for a role, with the unique way you write your application, with your willingness to learn and work hard.

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Step 4: Prepare for an interview in a best possible way

Once you are invited for an interview, you have the same chances as everyone else. Everything starts from zero, and at the end of the day, one person will sign a job contract. Will it be you?

On the day of the interview, it doesn’t matter who is the most, or the least experienced job candidate in the room. What matters is who can convince the interviewers of the value they can bring to the company, of their motivation, and of the right attitude to the job.

What matters is how you answer their questions, how you conduct yourself in the room, and if you manage to build a good connection with the person who sits at the other side of the table. Continue your preparation with Interview Penguin and get a job, even though you have no previous experience.

P.S. Never forget that every single person in the world had their first job someday. Even Bill Gates, or Oprah. Keep your head up, and enjoy your job search.


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