How to get your first job after finishing college

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How to get your first job after finishing college
How to get your first job after finishing college

Once your university degree finished, it was time to start the job market, it is a very important stage in life since it is the job that will probably accompany you for the rest of your life, currently there are many job offers both in the interior as abroad, so you have to make this decision in time and do not rush. If you want to know more about it, continue reading this article.


Part 1 of 2: Choosing Your Future Job

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Step 1. Choose what you want to do

It seems obvious, but it is very common, that once you finish your studies you are not very convinced of what you want to do, either because during your studies you have changed your mind, or because it turned out to be different from what you expected. It is very important, then, first to know exactly what you want to work on, no matter if it is temporary or permanent, take some time to think about it.

  • If you are not sure what you want, or you are undecided between several options, you can use the vocational tests available online or go to a vocational counselor at your university.
  • Make sure you are well convinced of the decision you made, get inspired by your hobbies or passions, your future work should be something that you do not get bored with doing it repeatedly.
  • Also, within what you like, try to find a company with good references. You can consult the lists that exist on the web of the best companies to work for, they are lists that are made with surveys of the employees of different companies in Latin America or Spain.
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Step 2. List your skills and accomplishments

Once with your found vocation, it was time to know what you have to start in that job, for this you must list all your skills and achievements (trying to be related to your future job) of your life, that is, award, acknowledgments, etc. All this is important to prepare your curriculum vitae, which will be what you present to get the job.

  • Look for certificates that accredit each of the objects on your list, for example, if you have received a scholarship for academic achievement, list it and then leave the certificate that was awarded to you when you received that scholarship.
  • If you are missing a certificate, you can always request a new copy from the entity that granted it to you (university, company, etc.)
  • Generally, in graduates of Spanish-speaking universities it is recommended to speak more than one language, this will open many doors since in many jobs there is a requirement to use another language.
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Understand the Difference Between a Resume and a CV Step 8

Step 3. Make your resume

A curriculum vitae (CV) is a document in which you present yourself and also present your achievements, skills, training and experience, so that it can be analyzed together with the resumes of other applicants. Basically it is a profile of your life, where you place, in general, why you deserve a job and what the company that hires you will earn. There are several models on the internet that are optimized for people without work experience.

  • Your CV must have a photo of you and your personal data (name, date of birth, ID, address, email and phone number)
  • In addition, your academic and work history must be detailed, that is, primary and secondary schools that you went to with their respective averages, jobs you were in, date of entry and exit, and duration of work.
  • Lastly, it is recommended that you take copies of all the certificates that you had previously collected (college and university transcripts, letters of recommendation, report cards, etc.) and place the copies in the folder with your resume
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Understand the Difference Between a Resume and a CV Step 12

Step 4. Present your resume in different places

With your resume ready, the time has come to take it to the companies that will give you your job, for this, look in your city or abroad for companies that have the position you want and leave your resume. If it is a foreign company you should send it via email, make sure the email is neat and denotes responsibility.

  • Do not leave your resume in a single company, go through several at the same time, so if everything goes well then you can analyze the different offers, and also in this way you will have a greater probability of finding specifically what you are looking for.
  • There are many online pages where you leave your resume (or put it online) and in this way companies that are looking for people for specific positions can find you. This is a widely used option as it is easier to find work this way. These companies can be LinkedIn, freelancer, etc.
  • If you get a job abroad (another country) you will have to travel for the interview, most likely the company will not cover these expenses, so it is important that you take this into account before submitting the job offer.

Part 2 of 2: Prepare for the Interview

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Step 1. Research the company you want to work for

Once your resume has been approved and you've decided which of the companies that offered you a job you want to belong to, it's time to prepare for the job interview. For this it is very important that as a first step you analyze the company you will work for, find out more about the history, the values, and the true objective of the company.

  • You have to show that you know what you really want, and you have to convince the interviewer that of all the applicants there are, you are the best for that position.
  • It is also very useful to know the name and position in the company of the person who will interview you. It is proven that people always react better and friendlier when called by name.
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Step 2. Attend well presented

One of the most important things is the dress at the time of the interview, since it is what you see. Most of the time, the interview is the way it should go to that job, that is, if it is an office, then the dress will be formal (jacket, optional tie and shirt, in the case of women, dark-colored pants and shoes). most of the time), although if the work is very informal it may be advisable to go formally dressed as well.

  • Arrive 15 or 20 minutes before the agreed upon interview, do not be late or on time.
  • Make sure to demonstrate your achievements. Basically what your interviewer will do is question you about the things that you have assured in your resume, so it is very important not to have lied or exaggerated things in it. You want to make sure you demonstrate all of your skills or at least be able to explain them.
  • This is where your university career becomes very important, since if it is related to the position you are applying for, it is very likely that you will be asked about your performance and your qualifications and it is important that you can support yourself with the certificates that are on your resume.
  • Also, if you have participated in research and other projects of this kind within your university, you must name them and show the results, thus demonstrating your interests in the matter.
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Market a Business Step 4

Step 3. Send a thank you letter to the company

Once the job interview is over, the best thing you can do is send a letter of thanks and gratitude to the company (you can do it via email) thanking the opportunity to be part and the goodwill of your interviewer.

  • If you later realize that there is something you could have added to the interview, you can do so in the letter, as long as it is brief, and be sure to relate it to the topics covered in the interview and the main interests of the company.
  • Also clarify in the letter that you would like to discuss any questions they have, in this way you show yourself more open to dialogue, and through the letter you open a more informal means of communication to be able to dialogue more openly with the interviewer.
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Step 4. So patience and perseverance

The main problem with employment after college is the lack of experience, which is why it is sometimes more difficult to get the job. For this reason you must be patient and be very persistent with this issue. If it is not this time it will be the next. The important thing is not to lose hope, and, as mentioned before, not to stay with a single company but to try several at the same time.

  • Normally the contact time between the interview and the moment they communicate to you is a maximum of two weeks. If you are still not communicated by the company, do not despair, you can send an email to ask about the status of your job application.
  • If you were called then Congratulations! It is very important that you are responsible and that you enjoy your new job, always continue training and trying to be better at what you do, in this way you will get promotions very easily.


  • Don't lie on your resume, it won't do any good. At some point in your work you will need your skills, and if you have invented them you will not be able to fulfill the task, which will bring problems.
  • Do not be nervous at the time of the interview, it is very important to be calm and demonstrate self-control.
  • Do not despair for the response of the company, if you are not successful with an attempt you must try again.
  • Make sure your answers and skills detailed on the resume show why you are the best interviewee for that position.
  • Do not go to bed late the night before the interview, or your first day of work, it is very important to be wide awake and attentive to the details that can help you.
  • Avoid working without a contract and informal, in Latin America it is a very common practice (approximately 50% of employees work in something like this), with the disadvantage that you do not have health insurance, paid vacations, or any contract that protects you in case of any problem.

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