A job offer doesn’t happen magically and the job search isn’t easy. A lot of us wish it so but that isn’t the case. It involves a series of meticulously planned activities to help build up to it. To help you structure your job search better and ease yourself of some of the worries involved consider these three tips.
- Getting Real
When you’re about to graduate the air is filled with a sense of hope, celebration and accomplishments. The first thing you need to do is to not stay in that mode for long. It’s important to start your job search asap! That means it’s time to evaluate your degree’s worth in terms of job market value. Ask yourself these three important questions:
- What did I learn? (Think about the courses you’ve learnt, what skills they have allowed you to gain…)
- How will I use it in the working world? (research on how your gained knowledge and skills could be used in jobs)
- Who is hiring in my field? (Find out the hiring rate for people with your degree)
These questions will help you come up with a plan that is centered on your learned skills. You need to know these things to help you design your CV and interview in a manner that highlights your value to employers. Even if you’ve got a degree that has very few job openings that doesn’t mean that there are no transferable skills. This will also help make your job search action oriented rather than just a series of CV drop offs.
- Looking Inwards
Part of the reason for low workplace productivity are disengaged employees. Sometimes, in the search of stable and secure employment opportunities, job seekers often forget that what they want matters. The effect of ignoring your inner voice, isn’t seen right away but a few years into your career. There are key questions to ask here as well.
- What makes me happy? (the answer to this question doesn’t have to be related to what you’ve learnt)
- How can I apply this in a job? (research for jobs that closely match your passion and explore what career tracks are available)
- Is this marketable? (Sometimes you’d be surprised that you can be paid to do what makes you happy)
Stake these answers with your answers earlier and try to come up with a strategy that focuses on your skills, passion and employability.
- Your Degree and experience are Secondary
To be clear, we’re not saying that your degree doesn’t matter. We’re just saying that your first job doesn’t necessarily have to be directly related to your degree. What employers look for in your first few jobs is if you can perform basic day to day tasks and learn to grow. So long as your first job proves that you can build your career from there. Focus on highlighting what you can do.