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How to Get a Job After Graduation (And Why It Is Hard)

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Graduation is a door into something completely new. Your whole career is starting and you surely want to get a good job from the very beginning. But you might be worried that it’s not happening as fast as you would like it to be and what you can do to increase your chances of getting hired without any work experience. You came to the right place as this blog post is just for you.

Why Is It Hard for Graduates to Get a Job?

There are many talks among graduates about their struggles of getting a job after finishing college. It happens due to various reasons, like:

  • Not enough network opportunities. When you are just starting your career, it’s normal to lack network connections. However, it might make you look for a job longer when there is no one who can recommend you. Make sure you check the options you might have (job ads held on college campuses, connections through college mates, friends, family members, etc.)
  • Little to no work experience. Make sure you highlight your skills and education, college projects, and achievements when you don’t have any work experience to be proud of.
  • High competition. Many students start going to interviews long before their graduation which means that not many spots are available once you graduate. Don’t be desperate! You just need a little hope, faith in yourself, and effort.

Averagely it takes about 3-6 months for graduates to find a job after getting their diploma. If you think that you are specifically unlucky, don’t be. Many students face difficulties when it comes to finding a really good workplace, especially after the pandemic. Just don’t lose hope.

Work on Your Resume

A resume is one of the most important elements of a hiring process. It tells recruiters about your background, skills, and interests as well as allows you to present yourself in the most compelling light. It doesn’t mean that you should be lying in your resume, surely no. But what it means is that you definitely should take advantage of the opportunity you are given to highlight your strengths.

For example, being a communicative person is not only a personal trait that you think is not that important for an employer. It should be put in your resume in order to catch the attention of recruiters who need a person just like that for the vacancy and their company. So, make sure you work on your resume with thought and effort.

Don’t Forget About Keywords

Another important thing about your resume is keywords as they are commonly used by recruiters when searching for the right candidates. Usually, keywords used mean specific hard skills like the software you are able to work with or particular fields of knowledge and interest.

To make the most out of your resume you can have a few versions of it in order to tailor it to the specific position. It is especially useful if you don’t really know yet what field you would want to work in or which position you are qualified for, so you might want to try various options. Tailoring your resume for different jobs is a useful technique that will help you get invited to more interviews faster. Be sure to search for different job ads to understand which keywords you need to add to your resume.

Keep Up With Job Postings

In order to get hired faster, you need to put effort and avoid being passive, hoping for the best. Positive affirmations are surely great but some action is also needed.

Make sure to check job postings every day in order to be among the first candidates to share your resume with the recruiters. It will also allow you to keep yourself toned as many people who stay unemployed for a long time and don’t really have what to do with their time tend to be less active and enthusiastic. The more time it takes to find a job after your graduation, the harder it will be for you to apply your skills and knowledge to practical job duties. 

Always Be Prepared

Prepare yourself for the list of questions that you will likely be asked, for example:

  1. Why did you choose our company?
  2. Where do you see yourself in a few years?
  3. What are your weaknesses?
  4. What are your salary expectations?

Also, be sure to practice a little to interact with an interviewer and how to act when you are under pressure of being a candidate during the interview. You might want to even practice your handshake or the way you sit and articulate.

Also, don’t underestimate the value of a professional appearance. You’ll need an appropriate interview wardrobe and a little bit of healthy confidence. Don’t forget to take care of your social media as it definitely will be checked in order to understand what kind of person you are. 

How to Build Your Soft Skills in College

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Any job that you will be applying for will have a list of requirements and skills for an employee to be able to fit the position. As you might already know all the skills can be divided into two categories – hard skills and soft skills. While the first category stands for particular abilities, like computer skills, or management skills, the second one is all about you having the necessary personal qualities. Let’s find out what these qualities are and how to develop them to get ready for your future jobs.

Soft Skills 

There are a lot of soft skills that you might need in your life. When it comes to a professional career, it’s usually specified what exact skills you should have, for example, the most common are:

  • Communicative skills
  • Time-management skills
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Teamwork/Cooperation
  • Leadership/Management
  • Creativity/Imagination

Some of the skills above are required only for particular positions, for example, leadership skills if you are applying for a team manager, supervisor, or head of a team. However, the majority of job ads will definitely include such required skills as teamwork, punctuality, time-management, etc. This is why it’s so important to know how to improve or develop these skills in order to be ready for your first job or your next one. So, let’s get started.

Take a Course

There are particular college classes that can teach you how to work in a team,c, how to be more open-minded, or even how to improve your imagination. This is a good start if you feel like you lack some of the skills that you know you can improve while in college. It’s even better if these classes can provide you with so needed credit points. It’s a win-win situation, no doubt.

Search for Online Lectures

There are many decent video lectures and guides on how to improve, for example, your communication skills. Talking to your colleagues might not be a problem for you, you might think. However, some specific situations can occur that you should be ready for. For example, if your colleague is being rude to you and you don’t know if you should talk to your manager about it and how to do it properly. Anyways, you should definitely check at least a few of such lectures on work etiquette, cooperation, etc.

Find a Part-Time Job

Nothing is more effective when you are trying to boost your soft skills than to try yourself in some field. It might not be the job of your dreams, but it will definitely teach you a lot. For example, a lot of students work as waiters or shop consultants. It helps them improve their communicative skills, allows them to develop self-discipline, and become more punctual. 

Ask for Feedback

Whenever you have a chance to ask about feedback from your boss, manager, or internship curator, you should definitely do it. It’s the best way to understand what skills you should improve and what impression you give. For example, when your internship comes to end, you can always ask your supervisor if they find you perspective, what they think about your abilities, and what opinions are about you in the team that you were working with. It’s always great if you leave a working place with some experience that you can later use for your benefit and improvement.

Listen to Others

As it was said earlier, feedback is a good start for you in order to develop your soft skills. However, it takes something – you need to be ready for critique and know how to comprehend it. Not everyone is ready for the truth about themselves. If there are people who are telling you that you are not that good at teamwork, the first thing you should do is to listen to their argumentation. Then, you might ask your college mates if what you were told was really true. You might be involved in some group college projects, so your pals have definitely an opinion of their own. If you hear the same thing about your soft skills for different sources, you should definitely work on them – change your approach, don’t act aggressively when someone is criticizing you, but learn a lesson instead.

Self-Reflection Is the Key

Make sure to analyze your mistakes or your weaknesses when it comes to soft skills. For example, you might be not the best leader, but you have great problem-solving skills that are best shown when you are not in charge. This is not a rare situation – many people are good at being executives, not leaders because they are afraid of failure and stress. Make sure you know what you feel is the best for you and what skills you can be proud of. Keep working on the rest – practicing is one of the most effective methods, so never give up on doing achieving your dreams.