Getting a Job Right After High School


Person being interviewed for their first job
Getting your first job can be a very nerve-wracking experience

Congratulations, you have completed high school or university, but now you need to try and find your first job.


It's never too early to start the job search process.


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At first, you might feel like it's pointless sending out your CV and competing against many candidates with more experience than you because you are getting nowhere.


Here are some ideas on how to position yourself to get a job right out of school:

  1. Have reasonable expectations, and don't stress how long it takes to get to an interview. Don't consider yourself a failure if you need to go on more than ten interviews or if it takes months to get a job. It's not you; it's the nature of the game. Job applications and interviews take practice just like anything else, and it can take a while to get it right. Another idea is making the most of your connections which can help get you through the door.

  2. Prepare for your interviews like you would for an exam. Practice with your friend or even an interview coach. Have you ever wondered what happens during an interview setting? Researching the company and the industry will show that you are genuinely interested in what they do and knowledgeable about the industry.

One big mistake is letting money be the focus and asking the interviewer too early about what your salary, holiday, and benefits would be.


Of course, you don't have experience in any role, but that's okay. Instead, focus on what you can bring to the position; be positive and confident so the employer knows that you have a passion and want the role by just thanking them for the opportunity to be interviewed.

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