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Jobs Tips for Fresh Graduates

The job market is ever changing, and it could be really challenging for fresh graduates.  A lot of fresh graduates leave school to this. The job hunting process begins, and some often wonder how they will ever scale through the tedious and tasking job market.

The job market is ever changing, and it could be really challenging for fresh graduates.  A lot of fresh graduates leave school to this. The job hunting process begins, and some often wonder how they will ever scale through the tedious and tasking job market.
Here are tips that can aid you in the evolving job market:
Review your resume
Your resume shouldn’t be a one off, rather a constant work in progress. Remember your resume is your major marketing document, it is the first thing your potential employer will see even before they see you, hence it must be appealing, it must be one that will make you get the interview.  It is important you critically study job descriptions of interest and consistently tailor and readjust your CV to show your skills and accomplishments as they relate to what employers seek. Include key words from the descriptions in your materials, and make sure you explain how and why your background matches what the employer wants in a candidate.
Include all your relevant experience
Remember to include all of your relevant experience(s) even if it is your first job. It may be a part-time job you did when your school was on holiday or when there was a strike. It may even be a volunteer job in your organisation in school. Pay attention to theses details in the experience section of your resume.
Network
Michael Hyatt Author of New York Times bestseller, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World  wrote “You are the same today as you’ll be in five years except for two things: the books you read and the people you meet.” Networking is the most effective job search strategy. As a young graduate, you have all the time and energy to build a wide network, however, you must build a network of positive people that will have a positive influence on your career on the long run. Building a positive network will go a long way in aiding your search.
Some steps you can take include: keeping in touch with school mates and friends as well as your lecturers and course advisers whose referrals may help you. Friends and families as well may give you updates on job vacancies you do not know about.
When you go for job interviews, do not be a stand offish, the good thing is that most people you meet at interviews and screening have the same mission as you- to get a job so they will always have updates and feedback as well as a network of people that will benefit you, so try and exchange contacts with people you meet there. Even if it doesn’t add to you, it won’t take away from you.
Attend networking meetings, career events, alumni networking events and so on you wouldn’t know where and how you will your first job.
Research organisations
Your potential employee won’t take you seriously of you do not know what the organisation is all about. Employers love when you appear to know a lot about their organisations. Help yourself stand out from the crowd by learning everything you can about the companies where you want to work.
Google will aid you. If it is a big organisation, you could check their websites to know about them. If it is a smaller, where you can’t get sufficient information online, you could go to the company to get more details about the company, you can read the notice board as well. If you have an in-house person, explore to get all the information you can.
Use social media to your advantage
It is amazing that some undergraduates and new graduates cannot see the social media beyond an avenue to chat, play games and post photos. Social media is not only about posting photos of you and your friends hanging out or photos from your holiday or your personal ‘selfies’, it is a platform through which you can enhance your job search.  Create a Linkedin profile and fill accordingly, Linkedin is a platform where you will meet professionals and people in your field.
Join alumni groups and other organizations in your desired field on LinkedIn, and participate in group discussions to show your skills and expertise. Ask previous employers or advisors to write a recommendation for you on your LinkedIn profile, and make sure you complete every required field you need to on your account. Fill the work and education section on your Facebook account appropriately with the relevant information, same applies for Twitter, include relevant work history so employers can easily identify you, your work interests, and past internships.
Also, delete pictures and posts that will make you look irresponsible and childish to potential customers from your timeline.
Never go for an interview unprepared
It will be wrong on all sides to go for an interview unprepared. This is one of the things I emphasized above. Speaking of interviews, you have to start preparing early. Prepare your outfit early enough, if you will be doing a suit, preparing early will help you know if that suit is bad and you have to replace it, or if you have to get it fixed.
After sorting out your outfit, you need to prepare for likely questions; you may consult those ahead of you for proper career advice.

 

Follow-up
When done with your interview, do not forget to follow up on the organisation.

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WRITTEN BY
Nathan Jeffery
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