You are a new graduate ready to take the next big step in your life- which is to find a job.  Most people in this position will think to themselves, “How do I begin my job search?” From cover letter to resumes, to where to search and to apply it can seem like an impossible task. The most challenging thing to do is to take the very first step.  Then simply follow our five fail-proof tips to get the ball going.

  1. Optimize Your Resume

The first you will want to do is to update your resume. Make sure your resume lists all your experience as well as any accomplishments. They will help you stand out against all the other job seekers that are applying for the same position. Be specific with your achievements- use data, statistics, and percentages instead of using broad descriptions such as “top performer.” If you don’t have any previous job experience, you can list other accomplishments such as “having a key position in a student club.” Companies are looking for all types of skills such as teamwork, leadership, and effective communication, not just what is in the job description. Another good tip is to tailor your resume to each type of job you are applying too. To make this easier, we recommend that you create a basic outline that you can later tweak to fit each position. Finally, keep in mind that most companies use robots to filter out the best candidates. Read the job description and select keywords to include in your C.V and cover letter.  If there you have any of the skills that are required for the role, make sure they are included- this will help you get past the robots.

If this is your first time writing a resume, do not worry! The GRS team can help you maximize your search with their C.V writing service. If you want to take it one step further, their professional career coaches will teach you the skills you need to succeed in getting hired in your desired job field. The coaching service includes help in updating your C.V, preparation for interviews, and mock interviews.

  1. Clean up your online presence.

Once you have completed and edited your C.V, make sure that you update your LinkedIn profile with the most current version. LinkedIn is a social platform that caters to job seekers, so make sure that your profile represents the best version of you.

Cleaning up your other social media profiles is also essential. In this digital age, it is common for hiring managers to check the social profiles of potential candidates.  Make sure you remove any incriminating posts that are offensive or show you in a negative light.  You want your social profiles to show you in a professional light but also demonstrates your personality (besides everyone has a life outside of work).  A good rule of thumb is if it’s something that you wouldn’t want your parents to see, then it’s the same for a potential employer

  1. Don’t Discount Any Opportunities.

Opportunities for employment come in many forms and sizes. Even a conversation with a friend or a family member may lead to a job opportunity. You never know what contacts your friends and family can introduce you too. So, make the most of every social opportunity and speak to many people as you can!

Don’t forget about professional networking! If you a chance to attend any conferences, trade shows or become a member of an industry-specific association, do it! These are great opportunities for networking with professionals in the field that interests you. What is even better an in-person meeting helps hiring-managers attach a face to a name which will separate you from the countless applications that they receive.

Finally, the GRS Recruitment website is a excellent source for finding the ideal job. Specializing in Cyprus and Malta, they have an extensive network with a large database, making it an excellent resource for both clients and candidates. You can search by keyword, job sector, country, or region making finding your next job a simple as clicking a button!

  1. Set Goals

Obviously, your biggest goal in a job search is to get a job. However, this can quickly become very discouraging as it can take some time, and you’ll likely face some rejection before landing a job. Especially if you feel that you are not making any progress towards your goal. To avoid burn-out, we recommend creating a plan and setting some smaller goals such as spending X amount of time of your day sending out applications.

Spending an entire day applying for jobs is unrealistic- you are very likely not to spend all those hours productively. Setting small goals will help make an overwhelming task more manageable and keep you accountable and on-track. Plus, each time you achieve a goal, you will get a sense of accomplishment- this will keep you from getting discouraged quickly.

  1. Visualization for the Gold

Lastly try some visualization techniques to keep you motivated, even after you have sent your 30th job application. Many believe that visualization helps by you imagining where you want to be so that your brain can make it a reality.  Taking a few minutes in the morning and before you go to bed to visualize your ideal job- what are your tasks, how will you interact with colleagues, etc. How would it really feel working in the Facebook Headquarters? Including the five senses and as many details as possible will make the visualization more realistic. You can also put up posters with the logo of your dream company. You can even dress for the job you want and eat lunch or meet for coffee near your target company. Getting into this mindset will help motivate you to do whatever it takes to actually become part of that world.

Starting your first job search is undoubtedly an intimidating task, but hopefully, our suggestions help make that task easier. A positive attitude, perseverance, and a clear goal will take you a long way. Also, don’t forget the career experts at GRS Recruitment Solutions are always a call away and ready to help.