5 tips to kick start your career

If you’re one of the lucky ones who have already secured a job before graduation, kudos to you. But if you haven’t, don’t fret.   There’s still time for you to hunt down and nail that dream job.

Here are some tips to help you get started.

  1. Set up your LinkedIn account www.linkedin.com Once you have that up, start adding your contacts: friends, group project mates and professors. LinkedIn allows you to connect with your industry’s movers and shakers, as well as browse jobs posted by potential employers. Some jobs can even be applied directly through the website. A well-taken Corporate Profile Photo can help you get noticed. 
  2. Sign up with Online Job Portals The Internet is awash with job portals, but here are some decent ones that will separate the wheat from the chaff. Sign up to any or all of these job sites
    • Indeed: https://www.indeed.com.sg/ Indeed performs the search for you, scouring the internet to bring you both local and international (expatriate terms) jobs. Some jobs can be applied to through Indeed, for others, Indeed will redirect you to the relevant website be it another recruitment website or the employer’s own website.
    • Careers@Gov:https://www.careers.gov.sg/ Careers@Gov compiles all the available jobs in government agencies and statutory boards.
    • JobStreet: https://www.jobstreet.com.sg/ JobStreet’s job portal features vacancies from Singapore and Malaysia to Vietnam and the Philippines. You can choose to search local jobs, or expand your search to include our neighbours if you wouldn’t mind a bit of overseas experience.
  3. When you do land an interview, be nice. The simplest yet most underrated interview skill, make it a point to be nice to everyone. Smile, say thank you, be gracious. From the recruitment agents, to the receptionist who signs you in, and, of course, the interviewers. Follow up with a short thank you note the day after – it could very well keep your resume on top of the stack.
  4. Look for Management Trainee programmes Now, what if you’ve made it through your thesis and realised, what you studied in school really isn’t what you want to do until you retire? That doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road. Many companies offer Management Trainee programmes, regardless of your degree, each with their own courses and orientation programmes to induct you into company culture and give you an idea of what kind of help they’re looking for. The beauty of such programmes is that the companies will often rotate you through a few departments before you both come to a decision on where your talents are best applied.
  5. Attend career fairs and networking fairs Sign up with your alumni departments to keep updated on upcoming career fairs, read newspapers and register accordingly. Do your research on the companies that will be there so you can prioritize who you want to talk to. Before going, print out many copies of your resume, dress neatly and wear comfortable shoes. Ladies, keep the makeup light. Finally: back to point 3, be nice.

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