How You Should Be Getting Ready To Land Your First Job

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You can never be too prepared to land your first job. Right from your final year, and during your National Service, there are things that you should be getting ready in order to land that first job. Here is what you can start doing now to increase your chances of landing a job after school.

Use Your Alumni Network

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Departments at the University of Ghana have alumni organizations. And sometimes these organizations organize events at the various departments. Those events are a great chance to meet alumni and build connections with people who are naturally inclined to want you to succeed.

Get Your CV Ready

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There’s no two ways about it, your CV is arguably the most important document in the world if you’re unemployed, or about to join the job market. You have to get it ready as early as possible. A great tip is to create a CV before your national service. That way, whenever you gain a new experience on the job, you can just update the CV. By the end of the period, you should have a far richer CV.

Start Applying As Early As Possible

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Depending on where you work, you should start applying for permanent positions even during your national service. Some companies will let you go without completing the full service period. But that depends entirely on who your supervisors are.

Get Active On LinkedIn

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People talk all the time about how great LinkedIn is for finding a job, but there is another equally large group of people who will tell you how ineffective LinkedIn is. Well, in order to be able to land a job with LinkedIn, do some research on best practices for the app. A personal tip though, if you’ve met someone in person, and they’re an acquaintance, you should definitely be adding them on LinkedIn as well.



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