It’s been six months and all the job posts you see read, “ At least 2 years of experience” or “MA Degree in Sub-Naval Machinery”. You can’t bring yourself to get to that job interview where a huge fat no appears, despite you having lowered your salaries expectation and practically offering free labor no one seems to be interested in what you can do. What’s the point of even getting out of bed right? Well EVERYTHING!
Yes, there is a lot of competition for fresh graduates. But don’t be discouraged by the frustration of the job search world. Instead try unconventional ways of finding opportunities. Here are a few tips to help get you in that mood.
1) Throw yourself at every networking event
Networking is a very effective way of putting yourself out there and create better understanding between you and your potential employer outside of the conventional interview room. But how do you start. Simple, do you know anyone with contacts inside networks like Rotract, AIESEC if so get on that mailing list to get up to date on the latest events. We all have that friend that knows someone who knows someone that knows someone with contacts in any industry. Even if you don’t get a job out of networking events, you will have a better idea of what the employment world is like and hence, better equip you for conventional job searches methods.
2) Social media is your friend
Do you have a LinkedIN account? No. Get one! Immediately, stop reading this article and get an account and make sure you fill out every possible detail there is. Taking advantage of social media doesn’t stop here. Join your university alumni networks and participate in any events, discussions to show how skilled you are and sharpen your communication skillset at the same time. Do you see your advisor in the group? Ask them for a recommendation letter. Take full advantage of the medium as it is often overlooked.
3) Shout about yourself (humbly)
Just because you have minimal work experience doesn’t mean you don’t have experiences that are worth sharing. Here it is important to mention academic accomplishments, internships as most employers don’t expect you to come with a huge body of experience. Hence, this is an opportunity to show what you did with the little opportunity you’ve been given and how that could translate to the position you’re applying for.
4) Your Career Goals should be obvious
It is important to let an employer know where you are headed should you get a position, hence apply for any opportunity given but don’t let your goals and dreams be a sacrifice. As that also raises red flags to your potential future bosses. Applying to everything might suggest that a candidate isn’t clear on what he/she wants out of a job. Hence, fit your skills into the job description this will allow you to research your industry of interest and make you a smarter candidate.