How to Start Looking for Work for the First Time
Are you looking for work for the first time?
If you're thinking of getting started in the working world, either to save some money in the summer or in order to kick-start your professional career, chances are you do not have work experience yet and you're a little worried about not knowing where to start.
Nowadays there are great agencies and sites that will help you find employment and join the workforce. In this oneHOWTO article we will explain how to start looking for a job for the first time by telling you what you need and who you should contact to start out.
The first thing to do before you start looking for work without experience is to write a CV. Even if this is your first time looking for a job, you surely have done some kind of schooling, training and/or taken specific courses of some kind.
In addition to this basic information, if you want to write your CV without any work experience you should also talk about your career interests, your motivations, and highlight your personal skills and strengths. Are you punctual, responsible, outgoing...? Write it in!
Along with your CV, you will need a cover letter where you introduce yourself, talk about your motivations, your expectations, and what you can contribute as a worker. These letters are very powerful and positive in the selection process. With only a CV, it is difficult to get an idea of who you actually are - the cover letter is your chance to really make an impression. Here you can learn how to write a cover letter in order to follow the proper structure.
If you're looking for a job as an artist, be it a writer, an actor or an illustrator, you will need to show samples of your work, even if you don't have any professional experience yet. Take a look at how to create an online portfolio here.
Once you have the CV and cover letter, it is time to start looking for work. Nowadays there are lots of websites where you can find work for the first time, because they usually have filters to find job posts that don't require any experience.
These websites will usually ask you to register, upload your CV and also include the same information in the system. Once you have done this, you can register for jobs and they will contact you by phone or email if they want to interview you.
You can also start looking for work for the first time by going directly to stores or malls with your CV in hand. Although the Internet age is upon us, many establishments are still hanging up "Help wanted" signs and taking CVs in person; this is because they prefer direct contact with possible workers and to meet them in person.
If you want to hand in a CV in person you just need to dress well, do your hair nicely and give your best smile. Go from store to store and go up to the employees asking if you can leave a CV.
You can also find temporary employment agencies which find candidates for companies that need workers. These types of companies usually have all kinds of jobs, from qualified professions to summer jobs or temporary work.
These agencies usually have a great range of companies looking for different kinds of workers, so if one offer does not fit you, you most likely will have others that do. Search for this type of agency in your city and contact them for a personal interview. They will invite you to interviews and it will be very easy to start working without any experience.
Another option you can use if you want to work for the first time is to use connections or family contacts; For example, if your neighbor has a stationary shop you can talk to them and see if they need help.
Getting the word out and telling others you are looking for work can be a good way to find a job for the first time and get started in the working world. Family, friends or acquaintances may have a job opening or know of some ideal position for you, so do not be shy and talk to everyone.
If you've just gotten your degree and want to start working in your professional sector, one of the easiest ways to get into your field is through an internship. You can find internships by speaking directly to your school or university, or if you prefer, you can look up specialized websites. This is a good way to get yourself out there and enter the labor market that allows you to put your studies to use.
If you do not want an internship, a good way to find a qualified job without experience is by searching the websites of the companies where you want to work and finding a contact email (HR is the best). You can write an email with a cover letter and your resumé attached.
Another way to start working when you don't have experience is to try freelance work. If you do not find a job or you fancy being your own boss, you can register as an independent worker and start looking for projects that fit your profile. In this article we give some tips on how to start working as a freelancer.
This is how to start looking for work for the first time. If you have any tips, please tell us in the comments section!
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