Why FirstJob: Ask A Successful User
At FirstJob, we know that recent grads often have questions about starting their career. For instance, you may be asking yourself, “How do I even start?” If you’re a recent grad with zero clue about how to start your career, much less how to finish writing your resume, then don’t worry, you’re not alone. The best advice is just to throw yourself into the job search. It’s true, first steps are scary, but as with everything, they’re a lot less scary once you get started (and much more exciting with a little outside help). Over the years, we’ve noticed not only the obstacles young jobseekers face, but also the best ways to overcome those obstacles.
First, one huge challenge graduates believe they face is that they often don’t know what they WANT TO DO. Many graduates see this as a problem. However, at FirstJob we see it as an opportunity. You GET to try different roles on for size over the next couple of years, learn new skills AND figure out what you truly want to do. So, while ambiguity can seem intimidating when it comes to your career goals, it can actually provide the opportunity to try many things before you settle into a decades-long career. Once you take the long view on your career, you’ll find that there are no bad job experiences; they all teach you new skills and help you understand what you want or don’t want to do (at the very least). And hey, if you don’t like your first job, you can always come back to FirstJob and look for a new one with your newfound knowledge. With that in mind, we spoke with a FirstJob user named Ackelia to get her input on how her job search went.
Ackelia was up on her career game early. She knew that understanding her skill set early would help her navigate her career in the future, so along with finishing her double major in marketing and communications, Ackelia sought out internships in entirely different fields. “My first internship was in journalism, and my second was in publishing. From my perspective, internships are good to figure out what you do and don’t want to do. After my journalism internship, I realized I didn’t want to do that as a career. It’s a great learning opportunity to figure out what you’re good at.”
That’s where FirstJob came in. After graduating with a some knowledge of what she didn’t want with her career, Ackelia was better able to find what she did want and target her job hunt to those types of positions. After finding FirstJob.com, she started sifting through job postings and company profiles to get a better sense of company culture and where she wanted to land. “I kind of browsed through the site for a while, and it was definitely easier to use than others.” I liked the fact that I didn’t have to upload my resume every time I wanted to apply to a job and then also fill out a separate application afterwards. It was really quick.” And that’s the idea. When applying is faster, it’s easier to apply to more positions and create more hiring potential. After filling out her profile with her internship experiences and applying to a job posting that resonated, Ackelia landed her sales position with Main Street Hub. “This is a great first job to get my feet wet. I’ve worked there for about two months. I like the culture and I like the people. Really, the high-energy environment stood out to me.”
If you’re ready to jump into your job search, take the first step here.