Seeking Job After Graduation
Updated: Aug 16, 2018
As a fresh graduate, taking the first steps towards a new career is an exciting and rewarding experience, provided you are prepared, focused and flexible in your approach. Your post-graduation life will most likely be a lot less "chilled" than the years before it. In this article we offer you some practical suggestions on what to expect after graduation to help you make a smooth and successful transition from study to the workforce.
Early bird catches the WORK
Look over the as early as possible for opportunities. There are a lot of ways to look for vacancies like online job portals, newspapers, flyers, website ads, social media and your network are great sources of potential openings. Not only will you get a good indication of the type of roles available, most of the time the skills required and salary are listed, but you may also be amongst the first to uncover a great opportunity. It would be very hard on this adventure but the best course of action is to stay positive and persistent. If things aren’t going well, feel free to ask why you are not hired then analyze what went wrong and do over again until you succeed.
Open your eyes to endless opportunities
Most of the time as a graduate you may not be immediately possible to get a graduate-level job. Competition is strong especially for the best graduate opportunities, with many applicants competing from a relatively level playing field. Don’t overlook small businesses. There are a lot of them, so add up to a major force as employers. They may not advertise specific ‘graduate’ vacancies but can be a good environment if you're at the beginning of your career as there is often more flexibility to learn new skills. It is important to keep your options open and consider a variety of roles, with a degree of flexibility in terms of salary expectations. Think about where you want to be in 2-3 years’ time and make a list of potential of roles that will help you get there.
Always be prepared
To have an edge in a competitive job market, it is essential to be as well prepared as possible. Identify target companies and research graduate recruitment programs so that you can make contact prior to completing your studies. Despite the downturn, there are still areas where there are skills shortages and unfilled vacancies. If you have the aptitude, consider up skilling, perhaps through a conversion course in IT, or by learning a language. Make a list of the job types and salary you are looking for and register with recruitment agencies that specialize in your market. You should also start rehearsing common interview questions to polish your technique. Thorough preparation will mean that you can quickly and comfortably seize any opportunities that arise.
Increase your employability
High achievement in school and extra-curricular activities are some elements of what makes a graduate attractive to potential employers. To see your potential such as interpersonal and communication skills, critical reasoning and problem-solving plus passion, enthusiasm and industry knowledge will be tested too in terms on interview phase. Make sure your resume is on point and clear. By the time you are on an interview, make sure that you know how to sell yourself to the job you wanted.
Dare to be brave and dream
Let’s say you found a job opening with a great company and your background can be qualified but you lack the career level or skills for this particular job. There would always be a time to doubt yourself but if you keep on doing this it will lessen your chance on getting the job and even losing your confidence throughout. Stay positive and chase your dream.
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