Adecco and the Adecco Foundation have published the Job Orientation Guide for University Students which outlines 10 steps that every student should follow to be successful in the labour market.
With the premise, “Preparados para no quedarnos parados”, this guide advocates the idea that the job search should begin when students start the university, not when they graduate or are looking for their first internship. Students need to begin laying the foundation for their future by doing “fieldwork” as soon as they begin their degrees.
According to Margarita Álvarez, Director of Marketing and Communication at Adecco and Secretary General of the Observatorio de Innovación en el Empleo (OIE): “the Spanish educational model is based on an overly theoretical paradigm, which does not provide the tools and basic knowledge to access the labour market. This creates feelings of insecurity and doubt among students when they are looking for their first job. In this guide we have included all of our expertise to orient young people and accompany them in their transition into the labour market”.
The following 10 tips will help you land your first job:
Set a long-term goal. When you look for your first job, focus on aspects such as learning possibilities, making new contacts or adding experience to your résumé that will open doors for you in future job offers.
Specialize in an area. In a competitive market, traditional degrees have become obsolete. We are in the era of specialization which requires you become a real expert in your field.
First study the market. Then prepare your résumé. Why? It is easier for you to adapt to the market than for the market to adapt to you.
Prepare a résumé that focuses on your skills. Highlight your skills and extracurricular activities. Everything adds up and companies value qualities such as: capacity analysis, flexibility and adaptability to changes, initiative and a positive attitude.
Exhaust all job-search sources. Go to the University Employment Orientation and Information Centre (COIE), public employment services, professional associations… look on online job boards, social networks, do networking etc.
Find someone that can provide guidance: mentoring. This learning technique consists of finding a person with experience and knowledge who acts as a mentor for you and supports you through your professional development.
Create a personal brand. If companies google your name and you have an active professional profile on social networks, you’ll have a better chance of passing through the first filter. Social networks will also increase your network of contacts and will give you access to job postings that are only published on these platforms.
Create a personal brand. Set up and manage your own blog. This adds value to your profile and will make you stand out from the rest.
Work on your communication skills. By overcoming a fear of public speaking, you will improve your job security and access to jobs with higher responsibilities.
Don’t be afraid to travel: spend some time overseas. Spending time in other countries displays skills that will set you apart from the rest of the job-seekers, such as interest in other cultures, curiosity and, of course, knowledge of languages.