Man being interviewed by an employerAfter several years of hard work and determination, here you are. You have been looking forward to this day. You finally get your college diploma and get access to a multitude of career opportunities. Of course, this is also a time of significant changes in your life.

Finally, you feel like you can take full responsibility for yourself by having your own source of income through your first job. Prepare with these tips.

Get your documents lined up

Most if not all your potential employers will require a slew of papers when they hire you. In NSW, a National Police Check is usually a requirement by companies. School records are necessary as well. Of course, make sure that you also know how to process your medical certification.

Visit your school’s career centre

This is a resource new graduates fail to maximise. School career centres are the best place to get information that helps students find job opportunities that they can pursue. Career counsellors are also happy to assist alumni in connecting them with relevant people that will help them advance their careers.

Talk to a recruiter

Recruiters get a bad rap because of previous poor practices. The popular notion is that they are just after the commission, and would drop prospects in a heartbeat. However, with the job market being competitive now than before, you should connect with people who can steer you in the right direction.

Recruiters can do just that. They have access to records and job listing of many companies, most of which are not publically displayed.

Ready to face the new challenges that come with being part of the workforce? Before you start thinking of all the things you can buy with your future income, make sure you prepare for the job hunting process by following these tips.