Many fresh graduates complain that they have to suffer a lot when they start looking for jobs after they complete their education. The Pakistani youth have been facing this dilemma for quite some time now and the situation seems to be deteriorating with each passing day. The global recession has further aggravated the situation as millions became jobless and as a result, fresh graduates have to face tougher competition.
There is no need to despair however, if you are a fresh graduate and just started looking for a job. According to ROZEE.PK statistics, plenty of jobs open up for fresh graduates but the candidates far outnumber the capacity of these job openings. However, as a fresh graduate you need to be well prepared and able to leave a good impression on the employer in order to get a job.
Many candidates complain that job interview is a later step as they do not even get calls for interview despite applying for various openings. Therefore, we have compiled a list of things you need to take care of in order to make sure that you at least get the call for an interview.
Checklist For The Job Hunt
As soon as you finish your degree, the first thought on your mind is to get a job. This would be a lot easier if you started working on some of these tips during the final year of your education. Go through all the pointers and see what you can do in each arena to enhance your job search.
Choose Your Career
When we choose which subjects we wish to study most of us think that we have determined our career path and have nothing to worry about in the near future. As a result, when the fresh graduates hit the job market they have no orientation of which industry suits their requirements and often end up choosing a wrong line. Even if you have studied a specified course, there are many different industries where you get a job. Many times the fresh graduates miss good job opportunities because they have no idea of some of the niches that are available to them.
It is best that you go to a career counselor, or if you do not have such a facility, you can always turn to the Internet for help. Do a thorough research on the kinds of job opportunities that are available for your specialties and apply to all of them.
Maintain your network
In order to find a job right after college you should maintain an active network of teachers, colleagues, and other acquaintances. They can improve your chances of getting a job in interview by recommendations or simply by forwarding your CV to the relevant departments. The stronger you network, the better are your chances of securing a job interview.
Social Networking Websites
Nowadays, social networking websites have become and effective medium for finding jobs. More than that, maintaining a professional profile on these social networking websites is becoming more and more essential as now employers have developed a tendency to look at the profiles of the job applicants to make sure that they are choosing the right person.
The most trying and testing phase of the job hunt is dropping off CVs at various places and waiting for the call for an interview. Some people believe that the higher number of applications they submit; the greater are their chances of succeeding. Such candidates are much mistaken, as this does not have any positive effect on your job search.
The best way is to find the jobs that are relevant to your field and expressly want a fresh graduate. It is important that you focus your energy on fruitful prospects rather than wasting time in wild goose chase.
Customize Your Resume
One of the most important things one has to keep in mind is to customize your resume for each job that you apply to rather than sending a generalized CV to all openings. The objective for each job should be modified and the skill set for every job should be different. Catering to the requirements of the employers is necessary so put more emphasis on skills that are of value to the specific employer.
Prepare an impressive cover letter stating the reason for your applying to the job and the things that make you perfect for it. Address it the employer and attach to the CV. The cover letter should be brief and concise. Make sure there are no typing errors or spelling mistakes in the cover letter or the CV as the employer will send your application straight to the bin if he sees one.
Lastly, make sure that you include all the important projects and assignments that can show the employer what your capabilities are since you do not have any prior experience to show what you can do for the employer.
Lower Your Expectations
One of the mistakes that the fresh graduates make is that they hope to get the dream job right away. These unrealistic expectations make it harder for the candidate to get the job. Asking for a pay scale that is not in accordance with you skills is also a common mistake. As a fresh graduate, you need to lower your expectations and be ready to work for less pay as all you need from the first job is the valuable experience. Once you get the experience, you will be able to ask for the pay scale according to your expectations and the employer will be more willing to accept.
Prepare well for the interview
Once you get an interview call for a job, you need to be well prepared for the interview session. Do your research and practice a lot to make sure that you do not make any huge mistake when you appear for the interview. Dress appropriately and follow the interview protocol that has often been discussed in the ROZEE.PK articles.
While you are looking for a job, it is a great idea to work as a freelancer as there are many such opportunities available in the market. Not only will this help you financially but also give a boost to your CV as you can mention the freelance work you have been doing to fill the time between your graduation and the interview. This shows the employer that you are someone who makes the best of things and does not believe in wasting any time.
All these tips can help the fresh graduates in getting a job if followed with persistence and patience. It is easy to feel discouraged and get disheartened if one fails to get the job for a prolonged period of time. However, if you keep on trying and improving yourself in the time being, sooner or later your luck is bound to change.