Hello everyone, hope you are doing well..
Thought we’d make this post slightly different from the previous ones and something much more relatable to our current situation. Ask any graduate, looking for a job isn’t easy. It’s extremely stressful because you have to apply to a considerable amount of jobs to even get a phone call. So many rejections.. barely any responses. I think some of us go through phases where we feel like giving up, but what we really need to remember is that “your time will come”. It may sound a little lame, but it is true, it is like this cycle that majority of successful people have to go through. Take the interviews and the feedback you receive as guidance. In this post we want to mention a few things that you really need to consider during your job-hunt.. to help you manage your stress and also find the right opportunities.
Career’s Advice: Universities and Colleges have their own career advice teams that are there to help you. Book a session with them and seek as much help as possible. You could always get your CV and cover letter proof-read by them and that may benefit you.
Get In Touch With Recruitment Agencies: They can get you in touch with several companies. Some may even get you temporary work during your transition period to keep you going and that would benefit you.. hence definitely worth a shot.
Networking: Don’t underestimate the power of networking. It certainly allows you to get to know people in and out of your field, build a rapport with them and even learn skills from them. If people know you from networking, they may put you in touch with recruiters themselves. It is essential that you put yourself out there and come across as likeable and employable.. and the best way to do that is through networking. We strongly recommend that readers who don’t have a LinkedIn account, get one. Be as active as possible, and perhaps drop people of interest a message.
LinkedIn: Most recruiters use LinkedIn as a platform where they can find you and see your experience and even your recent activity to get to know you a little. If you seem as though you are someone that has a strong profile and a decent networking circle, they may be interested in you.
Use a variety of platforms to search: There’s great platforms where you can apply for jobs nowadays, some work better than others for different people. It is important that you maintain a balance and not just stick to a selected few because you may end up oblivious to other opportunities. Indeed, Reed, Milkround, Prospects and LinkedIn jobs are one of our favourites to look on. However there’s many other platforms. Also, it is always a good idea to apply directly to places. Applications that require you to fill in your details rather than one click applies usually provide better chances.
Don’t Sit Idle: Often we lose against another candidate simply because they have portrayed themselves better or actually have more experience than you. For this reason, if you receive opportunities to complete work experience, temporary work, voluntary work or even just attending seminars and workshops to boost your skills and understanding – take those opportunities. Employers want to see that you are working hard to improve yourself.
Tailor your CV: There’s no point in you sending your unchanged CV and Cover Letter to a post that it doesn’t relate to. You need to carefully examine the specification given and tailor your CV towards it. If a role requires you to be proficient in Photoshop for example and you know how to use it, make sure you mention it. If the recruiters are looking for someone with certain characteristics, make sure you include that in your personal profile.
Spend Quality Time: Don’t rush your applications because you really need to sell yourself to the recruiter. Hence whilst you are tailoring your CV, if you spend quality time doing so you are increasing your chances of being hired. This is because you are understanding the company and their specification inside out. Also, if there’s a long application form for instance that asks you your strengths and weaknesses, ponder over your answers and see how it matches the job itself.
Practise Tests: Many companies especially the big ones have online tests you need to complete before you get selected for an interview. They can be very tough and a let down. So to avoid these disappointments or at least improve in completing them, why not practise them. These tests are usually numerical and situational, and many websites help you with them online.
Be prepared: When you make it to interviews, be as prepared as possible. Know about the role you are applying for, the company and maybe even about the interviewer themselves.
Accept Rejection: For you to get the job you want, whether it is your dream job or the job you want as a stepping stone, you need to understand it’ll take time. Your motto needs to be “each no brings you closer to the yes”. Your mind-set must change, and you need to begin to see things in a positive light before the stress overcomes you. The rough time it takes for a graduate to get a job is said to be between 6 months to a year, some take less, some take a year. Hence you cannot stress out because that will inevitably have a negative impact on you and your applications. So it is best to just accept the cycle. Also, a great sign of acceptance is for you to learn from the feedback (if provided), this can aid you in improving your next application.
We genuinely hope that the tips we have provided have helped you. Let us know if you have any tips that work for you. Perhaps also get in touch with us regarding your story whether it may be related to the tips you have or your job-hunt journey. Be sure to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.