So you just graduated. Congratulations! You might be one of those individuals that are not thinking of looking for a job straight away. It’s the December holidays and all you want to do is relax and hang out with your friends and family. Or you might be one of the many that dread the whole idea of job hunting, not only because it’s unknown territory, but also because you have to start supporting yourself as soon as possible. Breathe……. It’s normal to feel that you are in over your head. Here are a view points to help you to stay sane throughout the whole process:
- Be realistic
Face it, not all graduates step into that dream job. It will take a few job changes (if you are lucky) to really settle into that desired position. Remember that you will gain invaluable skills with every job/position you hold, and that is something that no one can take away from you.
- It’s going to take a lot of hard work
You will have to put in a lot of effort and hours to be noticed out in the Job Market. Competition is tough.
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- Make sure your CV is up to date
Even if you don’t have the practical experience, a well-tailored CV will show Employers that you are organised and serious about the position you are applying for.
- Promote your personal brand
If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, now is the time to have one drawn up. LinkedIn is a wonderful tool used by numerous Employers and Recruiters who are looking for vibrant and ambitious young candidates. If you already have one, make sure that all your details are updated and correct.
- Be patient
Statistics show that most candidates who are actively seeking employment, get their first placement within a 3 month period. If this is not the case, go back to the drawing board. Make sure you know the Job Market, what Employers are looking for in a candidate, and if you have the skills they require.
Also read “Don’t be afraid to start at the bottom”
- Enjoy the journey
This should be a very exciting time for you. See every interview as a challenge and most importantly, learn from it. You will not only know what to improve on with regards to personal skills, but you will also gain vital life skills that you will be able to utilise throughout your career.