I just landed on my first (few) jobs! And in this post I'll be sharing some tips on how to get your first job too!
Well of course, you probably know by now that I've just recently graduated from college (YAS!) It's been exactly 16 days since I got out from college and I am so thrilled to announce that I finally got a job! - well, honestly right now I have four jobs. The first one is my job at Luxxe Lifestyle Pavillon Inc. as the Brand Ambassador and Media Marketing Consultant, this job is kind of exceptional because they were the ones who contacted me and everything happened from there so I was able to score an arrangement with them. The first tip that I'd like to give you guys is this:
1. Make sure you want the job you're applying for - or in my case, the job you'll be accepting. Because it's truly important that you enjoy the things that you'll be doing from then on. I wasn't really a very studious student when I was in college and I enjoy working online than studying for my biological psychology exam or clinical psychology quiz. It got to a point where I was so focused on working and I didn't even have time to hang out with my friends and I didn't feel like I was doing something wrong because I immensely enjoyed working/blogging and being a freelancer. So during the time that Luxxe Lifestyle contacted me to work with them, I didn't even think twice! Mainly because the scope of my job for Luxxe Lifestyle are the things that I enjoy the most (ie. digital marketing, event planning, blogging etc.) Okay, maybe I'm a bit of an online geek. Some people may even see it as a flaw or like be annoyed with it because I "post too much" or I "say too much" but then I realized, I don't have to think about what they say. So I used their words as motivation and decided to turn my passion into career. And look where it got me? :) Now that's my second tip for you guys!
2. "Turn your scars into stars" - one of my favorite quotes from the book that my good friend gave me a few years back. Basically, it just means that you should always mold and build yourself to become better than yesterday. I've had tons of job interviews before I even got my job at the VIP Magazine. I was desperate for a job because I was scared to become a "bum" after graduation and I just can't fathom the fact that I would have to put myself out there along with millions of fresh graduates who are also looking for a job. (I know, pretty competitive). But one of the many lessons I learned during the process of all these, is that you should use your talent/passion to drive you to the kind of career you really want for yourself and not just to have a job that'll get you by. It's not wrong though but for me, I like working with passion and a grateful heart - grateful that I got the job that I've always wanted. So if you're applying for a company, you have to be a hundred percent sure that you are applying for the right position and the right company for you.
Let me give an example, a few days before my college graduation I sent my CV to company X who then asked me for an interview a day after I submitted my CV. I was able to ace the tests required (of course because I practically memorized it since I had my internship at the recruitment and testing department + I studied about all kinds of test being administered to various aspects of Psychology so anyways...) I was interviewed by the Marketing Head & the Boss of the Marketing Head which was kind of a huge honor of course! But then they asked me if I can fully commit to an 8 hour job and they also discussed the scope of the job I'll be doing for them and from then on, I just couldn't imagine myself working for that kind of arrangement. I mean, I know in my heart that I cannot stay in an office for 8 hours what more to do it for 5 days or 6 days a week. I JUST CAN'T. So of course they gave me an ample amount of time to think things through and I swear I really considered their offer but it just wasn't for me. A week after, the VIP Magazine contacted me for an interview and I got in, despite them knowing that I can't fully commit myself right now since I also have an internship with Magic 89.9 but at least in the end, I got what I wanted and what I deserved. :)
It might be hard at first but with hard work and perseverance, everything will be worth it. Now go check your resume, make sure it will impress the company you're aiming for, prepare for your interview, read and research about the company, dress well and appropriate, be polite and ALWAYS, ALWAYS BE HUMBLE.
On me: White Polo from ZARA Basics | Boots from Debenhams | Sunnies from Close Up PH |
Photo taken using my Apple iPhone 5C
Good luck on your job hunting!!