I’d love to hear your stories on how you landed your current job, that way we can compile some form of tips and advice for those seeking new opportunities!
My tip is: Networking is actually a thing!
Once I was in my folks’ apartment (I was still living with them by then) and it was one of my sister’s birthday, so we were having this get-together over there. My brother-in-law told me there was this guy that I had to speak to because both of us were into “computers and stuff”. This guy, in particular, was always around at this type of event, since he was married to my sister’s best friend, but I never talked to him before, since I’m a shy person. That day I accepted that I would finally say ‘hi’ to him so my (persistent) brother-in-law would leave me alone .
I went to talk to him and, 2 hours later, I was still standing in the middle of my parents’ living room talking to this phenomenal guy. At the end of the conversation, he simply said 'you are going to work with me. Four months later, I get a call from an unknown number, and that was exactly him, telling me I had an interview booked. I didn’t want it, but I also didn’t want to say no since he possibly put effort into making this happen. After a few interviews, I was delighted with the company culture and accepted the offer.
It was, hands down, the best prove to me that a ‘hi’ can go a long way.
How about you, how did you land your first job? Do you have nay tips to share?