How to get a job/internship as a fresher

INTRODUCTION

“How to find a job?” “When will I get a job?” If you are a fresher and straight-up graduate, this is one of the most recurring questions in your thoughts. Let’s be honest for a moment, finding a job especially as a fresher is not always what someone describes as a pleasant experience. With increasing competition and lakhs of freshers running the same rat race as you; this can be quite a pressurizing and strenuous task.

To make a mark and secure your dream job, it is imperative to be distinguished from the crowd. Along with necessary educational qualifications and skills, you also need to have a smart job-hunting strategy to execute. However, with a deeper understanding of the mechanisms and relentless efforts, nothing seems impossible. In this blog, we will take a
deep dive to understand the various strategies which can help you secure the right job for you as a fresher.

BUILDING A STRONG RESUME

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In today’s job market, even before an employer will take out his time to interview; he first wants to meet you through paper. That is why it is imperative to have an impressive resume that can distinguish you from the crowd. A strong and well-structured resume can be the backbone of your professional career. It has the power of opening doors by attracting potential employers and recruiters. An excellent resume helps you highlight your accumulated skills effectively. It showcases your skills and training, work experience, educational qualifications, and other achievements. If you are an aspiring data scientist, there are two important skills required for success-
technical and non-technical. I am going to enlist a few of them so that you can get a clearer
understanding: –

TECHNICAL SKILLS
I. Statistical analysis and computing
II. Deep Learning
III. Machine Learning
IV. Processing large data sets
V. Programming
VI. Mathematics
VII. Statistics
VIII. Data Wrangling

NON-TECHNICAL SKILLS
I. Business acumen and awareness
II. Strong communication skills
III. Data Intuition
IV. Problem Solving
V. Teamwork

WONDERS OF A STRONG PORTFOLIO

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Let’s just first have an understanding of what a portfolio is. A portfolio is a record that showcases your accomplishments, skills, your best work samples, and other attributes. It is an important tool that puts forward your relevant skills and abilities in front of a recruiter. A portfolio is an important step in leveling up your game. There are several ways to enhance your digital presence. Building a portfolio doesn’t imply building a complex project; it can be as simple as compiling your prediction models or Kaggle projects. Here are some ways through which you can build a strong portfolio relevant to the field of data science: – Kaggle projects and GitHub profile. building a website for your portfolio.

GET THAT INTERNSHIP

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In today’s fast-paced world, just having a degree is not enough to secure work. Gone are the days when passing exams with flying colors and obtaining a paper degree was enough. In some fields and courses, it is necessary to have some pertinent work experience to secure
the bag.
Undoubtedly, an internship plays a crucial role in one’s career. It not only helps one in
getting exposure but helps them in attaining the skills required to stand out in today’s job market. They not only provide you with first-hand experience but also enables you to apply this knowledge effectively in your future workplaces.
Here I am enlisting a few websites to make your work easier: –

  1. Internshala
  2. LinkedIn
  3. Indeed
  4. Chegg Internships
  5. Glassdoor
  6. Idealist
  7. Mediabistro

SOCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING IS THE KEY

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You’d be living under a rock if you don’t realize the potential of networking in today’s time. Most of the available jobs get fulfilled through the networking circle to the employees.
Hence, it is essential to establish contacts and networking is the skill that will help you get through. Networking with the right people at the right time can do wonders. There is no denying that it can improve your skillset while simultaneously keeping you in touch with the latest trends and patterns in the job market. It is an important and unskippable trend in your
career advancement and here are a few ways through which you can also reap its benefits: –

  1. Networking through online platforms like- LinkedIn, Quora, Twitter, and Facebook.
  2. Engaging with content
  3. Meetups in person
  4. Celebrating other’s achievements
  5. Keeping an open communication
  6. Networking Events
  7. College societies and alumni clubs
  8. Social events like conferences

COLD EMAILS TO THE RESCUE

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Many of you might be new to the concept of cold emailing. Let me briefly explain the
concept- A cold email refers to an email that is sent without any prior from the recipient. It is more often than not an underrated strategy to land an interview or some opportunity that might help you later. There is a certain trick to form a well-crafted cold email that can land you some development instead of seeming intrusive. When used correctly, cold emails work
like magic. It can be the beginning of what might seem to be a long-term partnership or a beneficial opportunity. Here are some tips to help you write a cold mail that can turn out to be fruitful in your favor: –

  1. Do your homework and make a personalized list of companies you want to reach
  2. Keep the mail short
  3. Mention relevant skills and accomplishments
  4. Add a sense of urgency and a timeline
  5. Pick a good subject line
  6. Establish trust and mention why you are reaching out
  7. Mention what you want to ask clearly
  8. Be articulate and avoid jargon

THE POWER OF REFERRALS

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Employee referral is an internal method for finding suitable job candidates. It is a structured program that the organizations use to find talented people by asking their existing employees to recommend candidates from their existing networks. In layman’s terms, an employee referral is when an existing member of the organization recommends someone to
the company from his existing networking circle. Some of the ways through which you can also get a job referral are mentioned below: –

  1. Reach out to your friends and family
  2. Make connections on social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter
  3. Stay up-to-date with job vacancies
  4. Cold emails
  5. Expand your in-person reach
  6. Work as an intern and make meaningful connections with other employees

JOB-HUNTING PLATFORMS

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Today we have plenty of portals where companies post their recruitment recruitments and vacancies. It is probably one of the easiest and most convenient ways to get in touch with potential recruiters and secure a job. One of the biggest benefits of this is that anyone can
apply for a job from anywhere. Looking for a job? Here are some leading portals to help you find the right job: –

  1. Naukri.com
  2. LinkedIn
  3. Neuvoo
  4. Internshala
  5. Glassdoor
  6. Shine
  7. Indeed
  8. Upwork
  9. Hirect

CONCLUSION

I hope you found this post informative. I keep sharing informative content on my blog, Keeping Up With Data Science. If you wish to connect with me, I am just one message away. You can connect with me on LinkedIn & Twitter. Apart from this, I am available on topmate.io. It is a platform that gives you a better way to connect with me. I am opening up 1:1 sessions using topmate.io for everyone who wishes to connect with me for any help or guidance around my areas of expertise. Talking to people and helping them along with their journeys are something I absolutely love doing. Managing my DMs that keep getting flooded with requests for a 1:1 chat, career guidance, and a lot of other things is getting increasingly difficult. Considering the time constraint and the continuous back and forth that comes with scheduling calls, I’ll be using topmate to manage all the requests for calls and queries. I have now opened free weekly slots for sessions where we can talk about:

  1. Interview preparation & Tips
  2. Let’s connect?
  3. Career guidance
  4. 1:1 Mentorship
  5. Resume review
  6. Mock interview

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