Exclusive for Fresh Graduates: Top 5 Secrets to Finding a Job Online

How do you get a job online without experience? This is perhaps one of the principal concerns plaguing fresh graduates when they finally step out of the confines of school into the world of employment.

Experience is a key qualification that companies are looking for, and online employers are no different. 

It is interesting to note that some newly graduated job seekers can secure their dream jobs while some settle for occupations that merely pay the bills. As more and more people are discovering the benefits of working from home, the competition for stay-at-home jobs has also tightened.

Luckily, there are strategies that you can take on to help you get hired and grant you the experience the freedom and perks of working online.

Top Secret #1:   Develop a reputable online presence

It’s not just companies that need reputation management. As a job-seeker hunting for an occupation online, it only seems logical that you should also possess a trustworthy presence on the internet. Still, many people take this for granted. 

According to a study on the role of social media in today’s recruitment process, 2 out of 5 companies screen candidates through social media. 

Here are other takeaways from the same research: 

  • 65% of employers assess an applicant’s professionalism through their social conduct.
  • 51% of employers research about applicants online to assess their compatibility with the company.
  • 43% of companies rejected candidates based on information they found online. Their reasons for refusing to hire an applicant is one or a combination of the following:
  • Inappropriate content on social profiles (50%)
  • Information pertinent to booze and drugs (48%)
  • Criticism of past employers or bad-mouthing of previous companies (33%)
  • Inept communication skills (30%)
  • Discriminatory posts or comments (28%)
  • Information revealing applicants have lied about their qualifications (24%)

Top Secret #2Invest in your passion

Many job-seekers send out applications to just about any hiring company regardless of how they feel about the job.

If you want to make an impression on interviews, apply for jobs that you are genuinely excited about. What you lack in experience, you should make up for in passion which will show in interviews. Employers prefer candidates who have a genuine interest for the job to applicants who only want it to pay the rent. 

Top Secret #3Think like an Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur and an employee may have major differences, but both would do well in their fields if they have a creative mind.

Just because you are seeking for an employer doesn’t mean you should only limit yourself to the conventional ways of job search. Have an entrepreneurial mindset and think outside the box. More than just following a set of rules in a company, put yourself out there and let employers know how you can make a difference. Work ethic is important, but innovative ideas will take you places.

Top Secret #4Do your own research

Bogus companies are proliferating because of the increasing number of online job hunters. Just because you are a fresh graduate doesn’t mean you can’t be selective about the companies you send applications to.

If you want to get a legitimate job, find a trustworthy job site or company to start with. It also helps to read about testimonials from both clients and employees of a company to see if you fit into their work culture. Companies like LinkedIn and 20four7VA are reputed to help clients connect with the best applicants suited for a job. 

Top Secret #5Customize your Resume

Sending out a vague or untailored resume is an elementary mistake you can’t afford to make.

If you want to apply as a virtual secretary, list down your qualifications, pertinent experience, and skills that make you the best person for the job. If you are an aspiring web designer, let employers know what sets you apart from other applicants.

Having a customized resume not only helps you get noticed by companies; it’s also an effective practice to help you find an employer you’re most compatible with in terms of work culture, schedule, and ideas. 

Don’t just settle for jobs that pay the bills. Practice these strategies and you will soon find an online job that is equal parts fulfilling financially and professionally.

Written By
Catherine vanVonno, the author, is the President and Executive Director of 20Four7VA, a global Virtual Assistant (VA) Service Provider. She holds a doctorate degree in Applied Statistics, Research Design and Program Evaluation from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and has over 10 years experience in facilitating evidence-based strategic planning, product development, brand management, legislative communications, and medical policy. She is married and has four children. You can reach her at [email protected].

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