Getting a job as a fresh graduate is easier said than done. Many students after graduation are scared of the uphill task of searching for an opportunity. Many students are worried about how they’ll finish university, and some students are even more worried about how they’ll find a job after university—especially given the current employment situation for recent University graduates.
Here are 5 tips for a successful Job search:
1. Be Specific
Most graduates come out with the maxim: Any job will do. However, to get one you have to be specific and know what it takes. Different fields have different application requirements, and you need to know what those are for the field you are interested in. Do you need a résumé, a cover letter, a writing sample, a portfolio, etc.? You also need to know what these materials look like in your field and which skills and experiences you need to emphasize. A legal résumé is different, both in form and content, from a management résumé, which is different from a marketing résumé.
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Good connections are necessary to survive in the job market, therefore create and network and activate it. Tell everyone you know what type of job you are looking for. There is no sin in looking for employment, so you need to get everyone in your network working for you. While your hair stylist is not a lawyer or a management consultant, he or she may know one.
3. Be Patient
It is easy to get frustrated when the job search is proving fruitless, however be patient and persistent. Set aside time every week to check for job postings, to do research on employers in your field, and to send out a manageable number of applications. Then you work on the job search regularly, rather than in fits and starts, it is easier to stay focused and to control the stress that inevitably accompanies the job search.
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4. Be Positive
Stay upbeat throughout the interview. Smile—it will register in your voice. Do not let the interviewer’s facial expressions or tone of voice throw you off your game. Do not assume that a particular answer is “wrong” or that you have “blown it.” Stay confident. If asked about a perceived negative, do not make excuses or provide elaborate explanations. Give it one sentence, and move on.
5. Practice Out Loud
While prepping for an interview, it is beneficial to practice out loud. Try to anticipate the types of questions you will be asked, and practice your responses. If you lack experience or feel uncomfortable in interviews, find someone to do a mock interview with. Like any other skills, communication skills get better with practice.