7 Career Tips To Help You Get Hired

July 11, 2019

As college graduates move from classroom to workforce the number one question they are faced with is how to prepare for their first job. There are various contributing factors in successfully transitioning from college student to working professional. One main factor is understanding how to attract and maintain positive attention from hiring managers.

Whether you’re a college student just starting out or an experienced professional in your industry, we’ve provided a simple strategy to help you prepare for your next career opportunity!

1. Revise Your Resume

Ask any recent graduate or industry professional and they can confirm that your resume is essential in helping you stand out amongst other candidates. Think of your resume as the best representation of you, and as a professional in your field, it’s important that you can walk-the-walk AND talk-the-talk.  Now, re-work that resume because you are one step closer to making your mark!

Pro tip: Have someone like your friend, family member or career advisor proofread your resume to ensure it is the best quality. For specific guidelines on resume writing, check out our template and resume tips here.

2. Personalize Your Cover Letter

One to two paragraphs of engaging content can help you gain the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager. Similar to an elevator pitch, you want to convey your education, work experience, top skills, and personality in a short amount of (reading) time. So, the best way to do this is to re-write, edit, and repeat. Receiving an outsider’s perspective to help guide your process is also a plus.

Pro tip: Your cover letter should be personalized for every job you apply to. While you don’t have to rewrite your cover letter for every job, it helps to emphasize and highlight key skills and responsibilities the job description lists as a requirement.

3. Network

Remember the expression, “It’s all about who you know” well this is where networking comes into play. Building your professional network can be exciting, but don’t accept just anyone. Reach out to like-minded professionals in your industry through professional networking sites like LinkedIn. Your professional network also acts as a gateway for job opportunities, point of contacts, and even references. Creating both online and in-person connections is of much importance because you never know when you will be looking for your next opportunity.

Pro tip: The next time you find yourself searching for a job or your next opportunity consider reaching out directly to your connections. Sometimes all it takes is a good referral to get you an interview.

4. Organize Job References

Most jobs these days require references, whether a proper written reference or contact information of former employers/coworkers. Similar to step #3, you want to come off as the perfect candidate while also being honest about your work experience. Start reaching out to people you know will give you a good recommendation. Keep their contact information on file for future employment opportunities and you are good to go!

5. Create A Portfolio

The majority of jobs today, especially in marketing, media, editorial, communications, and computer programming all require work samples for proof of your top skills and expertise. If you are on a job posting and the description lists, “portfolio required” we want you to be prepared. Start by creating your own digital portfolio online. There are various free websites that are a great platform for hosting your digital work samples, displaying references, work experience (this includes internships) and providing more information on your professional background.

6. Send A Thank-You Note After Your Interview

First impressions are extremely important when interviewing for a job. Even if you feel confident that you’ve aced the interview, send a follow-up email (or letter) to anyone you’ve interviewed with. We recommend mentioning key takeaways from the interview and listing how working for the company will benefit both you and the organization. Not only will you impress the hiring manager but also demonstrate to the employer that you are serious about the role. The hiring manager will appreciate you for taking the initiative.

7. Always Be On Time

Time management is almost always a skill that every job requires (regardless if it is listed in the job description). Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for every interview, this gives you time to prepare and lets the employer know that you respect their time as well.

Looking for a job? Reach out to one of our recruiters today and start living the dream or view our current job postings here.

Comrise specializes in IT and Engineering talent solutions while providing our clients with top industry professionals across all industries. Our job candidates also have the opportunity for career growth.

Start working with Comrise today, success starts here

Related Posts

Risewave Celebrates Their 5th Anniversary

September 30, 2022

  In September 2022, the Risewave Team celebrated an exciting milestone… their 5th anniversary!  Risewave, which is powered by Comrise, is a staffing and consulting firm headquartered in the Philippines....

Q&A Interview: Creating A Company Culture That People Want To Work For (Feat. Chris Ciulla)

August 24, 2022

When it comes to finding and retaining top talent, creating a company culture that people want to work for, along with an environment that fosters trust, is truly the recipe...

How to Prepare for Career Fairs

August 22, 2022

The new academic year is right around the corner, which means a clean slate for new opportunities and experiences. If you are a U.S. or international student that is on...

Global Contact Information

We have offices across the globe. Please ensure that you are getting in touch with the correct office for your region.

United States

Woodbridge, NJ (Global HQ)

90 Woodbridge Center Drive Suite 360
Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Tel: 1-732-739-2330
Fax: 1-732-739-1996

Philippines

Metro Manila

8th Floor Room 801, Raffles
Corporate Center
Emerald Ave., Ortigas Center
Pasig City, Metro Manila 1605

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Unit B12, Level 1, Menara BT, Tower 3, Avenue 7,
Horizon Phase 2, Bangsar South, No.8, Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: +60-03-27794130

 

Beijing

Room 1015, 10/F, Hanweidasha Building, Guanghualu Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing,100020

Tel: +86 10 58780578

北京市朝阳区光华路7号汉威大厦东区1015室

邮编:100020
电话:+86 10 58780578

Qingdao

Room 2104, Peninsula International Building, 182-8 Haier Road, Qingdao, Shandong, 266000

Tel: +86 532 68669385

山东省青岛市海尔路182-8号半岛国际大厦2104室

邮编:266000
电话:+86 532 68669385

Shanghai

Room 18F/G/H, Shanghai Industrial Investment Building, No.18 Caoxi Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, 200030

Tel: +86 21 64270570

上海市徐汇区漕溪北路18号上海实业大厦18楼F/G/H座

邮编:200030
电话:+86 21 64270570

Chengdu

26th Floor Bldg.2,No.88 Jitai 5th Road, Xiangnian Square, Tianfu Avenue, Hi-Tech Zone, Chengdu, Sichuan, 610041

Tel: +86 28 86703369

四川省成都市高新区天府大道中段吉泰五路88号香年广场T2座26层

邮编:610041
电话:+86 28 86703369

Wan Chai, Hong Kong

EA Licence no. 66051 & 64845

5/F Heng Shan Centre, 145 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Tel: +852 36223225

牌照号码: 66051 & 64845

香港湾仔皇后大道东145号恒山中心5楼

电话:+852 36223225

Wuhan

Room 1419, 14 / F, Building A, New World Center, No. 634, Jiefang Street, Qiaokou District, Wuhan, Hubei

Xi’an

C17, 18 / F, Block E, Chang’an International Center, 88 Nanguanzheng street, Xi’an, Shaanxi

Hefei

A11-10, 1701, Building 7, Wanda Office Building, Wuhu Road, Hefei, Anhui

Change Language