Jobless Graduates in this day and age might find themselves particularly down, what with the global financial crisis, high unemployment and increased competition in the job market.
It is easy to get side tracked as Jobless Graduate, for this reason I have included ten necessary steps to follow in order to stay ahead of the game, so to speak.
1. Jobless Graduates need to be organised. That is organising your time, goals and means to reach those goals. Keep a schedule pertaining to your job search. Are you waking up at a reasonable time to look for work? What sources will you use? Internet, phone, journals, classifieds? Organisation matters.
2. Persistence is next on the Jobless Graduate‘s list. It is a fact that countless Jobless Graduates fail to find work within a reasonable time due to frequent bouts of ‘feeling down’ or ‘hopeless’ because a few applications did not get them a call back or interview. You need to keep applying, calling different companies’ human resources teams, dropping your CV to places you want to work.
3. Taking initiative and adapting are also key to any Jobless Graduate looking for work. So you have applied to 100 different places but only gotten the dreaded ‘Unfortunately we feel that your skills and and experience do not match what we are looking for’ or even worse, not a single reply. Something is wrong. You are not catching the eye of the employer. Is your CV up to date? What about your Cover Letter? Perhaps you are putting too much irrelevant detail. Remember, you need to tailor your CV and Cover Letter to the job you are applying for in order to show WHY you are the one to be hired for this job.
4. This bring us back to the previous point. Make sure you have a CV that is presentable, not too long (1-3 pages maximum) and that highlights your work-transferable skills. Remember, education is important but nothing is like experience. If you do not have much work experience, then look into creating a ‘Functional CV’ where you highlight your skills and abilities.
5. Motivation. I cannot stress how important this is. Next to persistence, this will help you stay sharp and in the mood to find work. We are all familiar with the phrase ‘If at first you don’t succeed, lift yourself up and try again’, but sometime we need help doing that. For this reason find motivating factors in your life and use them to your advantage. Perhaps you have successful friends, brothers, sisters. Ask them for advice, learn from them and how they do things or found their jobs. And the contrary applies if your friends are lazy and only looking to waste time having ‘fun’ and not looking at the long term goals. It may seem harsh, but if you want to really make it in life, you can’t be held back by ANYONE. Cut the time wasting.
6. Do some networking. Jobless Graduates need to learn to use the internet and job fairs to increase their employability. A solid LInkedIn profile can help you find jobs, and even better would be to attend a local job/recruitment fair and weigh your options. Maybe the fair will have trivial jobs that you do not want to do, or maybe you will find a start up company that is looking for someone new and slightly inexperience to be trained and to grow with them. If you don’t go, you will never know.
7. Unlike many websites offering advice on finding work as a graduate, unpaid internships are a great way to get experience in a relevant field. Companies will always be more likely to take you on when they know they don’t have to pay you. Of course this option might not be available to everyone and if you can get some kind of remuneration then by all means do so, but it is worth sacrificing 6 months – 1 year gaining experience and jumping straight into a job in your field.
8. Don’t exaggerate on your CV. Employers almost always know when someone is simply adding responsibilities or skills simply to impress. If you have it, flaunt it but if you can’t walk the walk don’t talk the talk (so to speak). It can jeopardise your chances of getting an interview. Nobody expects a graduate to have a huge list of experience, so be honest and only put down what you really can do.
9. Register with agencies. If you just graduated with a degree in say, computer science, join an agency specialising in IT or if you have a business management diploma and a bit of sales experience, join agencies that deal with junior sales positions. Broaden your search and are increasing the likelihood of landing a job. Online job searching is definitely not to be ignored, but is one of many options.
10. Keep up to date with whatever job field you are going for. You have to be ready to ace the interview that comes as if it were your last chance. Sure when you don’t succeed at geting a job, you learn from your mistakes, what to say and what not to say in a job interview etc But why not try to get it right from the first time? That said, don’t put yourself down if you did not do well in the interview, just do more research and do it right the next time, or the one after!
These are the ten steps to help you find work. Stay tuned for more on how to go from Jobless Graduate to Working Professional or find out more at www.jobless-graduates.com