5 Things you should do in your first job

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Campus placements, off-campus, fresher exams, references, walk-ins, by some means you land up in a job. (Mind you, I did not say dream job!!!) and now what??

Analytics say a size-able chunk of college pass-outs do not have a definition for a dream job and end up pursuing the job that comes their way. (Absolutely nothing demeaning about it though)

But, firsts are always the bests. You learn a lot and it is always an enduring memory that lasts for a life time.

In this post, I am highlighting 5 things that one should do in their first job:

1. Reasonable and Responsible: Be responsible and reasonable and that does not mean you bow, bend and never get up. Do not allow others to over shadow you, you are your own marketing manager when it comes to your career. Have the onus of the tasks assigned to you even if it demands a little stretching beyond the regular work timings. 

2.Quick Growth: I am sure many of you (read us) join our first work place with a burning desire to prove ourselves, to have a superlative projectile career. Don’t be too greedy. Growth follows you when you are dedicated, committed to your work goals. Don’t quit jobs in short duration anticipating sky rocketing careers. After all, you are your own competitor, both the win and the loss only matters to you. 

3.Meeting Mornings: Most often, it is observed that many do not tend to open up in meetings. You may have a whirlwind of thoughts to express but are reserved to express in meetings. All said and done about meetings, it is certainly a good place to exhibit your talent.

4.Use the opportunity: Most of you might not have figured out what you want to do in your life, when you take up your first job. Use your first job as an avenue to identify the tasks which are “enjoyable” and “not-so- enjoyable-but -doable” tasks. This will help you to build a niche and ascertain the areas which you would like to progress in your career.

5.Continuous Learning: Your first job is a place which offers you a continuous learning. You are exempted from the mistakes because you are a college fresher. Learn from every single day. The way to dress, the way to talk, way to write emails, way to address in meetings, these are all certain aspects beyond the work KRAs that are already assigned to you.

I started this post with an intention to guide people who are in their first job, but as I finish this, I feel some of these pointers certainly apply to people who are experienced as well. What do you think?

Write your right resume

Often I get questioned by many of my non-HR friends as to how a profile is screened.

I  have been in this recruitment industry for quite some time and have been a part of the emerging trends. Recruitment strategies changed from the traditional paper ads to walk-ins to web ads to social media.

We in the recruitment industry are always pushed for targets (Qualitative most times and quantitative at times) and so the time a recruiter spends on each resume is considerably diminishing. This pronounces the importance to have a resume that speaks in a crisp way.

In this post, I am highlighting the usual parameters a recruiter looks at while screening a profile:

  • Look and feel: The first and foremost parameter any recruiter will look forward is for a neat and properly formatted resume. The CVs with different colors, fonts ,alignments are definitely not a candy to the eye. I personally don’t bother to look at the other details if a candidate cannot make his resume presentable.
  • Education details: It would be good to mention the highest education qualification with the year of passing for the recruiter to have an understanding of your overall experience that can be expected.
  • Employment in chronological order: The employment details are to be presented in chronological order starting from the latest. If there is a gap in between the employments, it could be highlighted as why the gap with reasons, may be like pursuing higher education, setting up own business etc
  • Responsibilities: This is the most important part of the resume. A comprehensive detail of your current job, roles and responsibilities with an enhancement to the achievements would help us decide on the right candidate for the right job. The more specific details, the better. Like, for instance, instead of saying experience in automation testing, you rather present it as experience in scripting in selenium tool for running automated scripts.
  • Authentic details:Try giving authentic details in the resume like the project names, client details (in case of IT), the markets handled ( in case of sales ), company specific tools which will help us to identify the authenticity of the resume

Overall, avoid giving irrelevant details and present the resume in a neat and crisp way. If this demands you to ignore your employment details in the beginning of your career which may be irrelevant, you may do that.

Personally, when I screen a resume, I look at the resume in the order of educational qualification, employment details, roles and responsibilities, specific achievements at current role, reasons for looking for a change and then the reasons for gap in employment ( if any) and the candidate’s aspirations. This will help me understand how he/she would fit the current role in our organization.

Hope this helps newbie recruiters to screen profiles and others to write their resumes.