For many graduates, this can be an exciting time ahead as you celebrate all your achievements and accomplishments. Since you spent most of your time and efforts into completing your degree, you now have to prepare for your future that lies ahead. This can often be an overwhelming yet scary time as a graduate because you are now entering into the job market.
Shannon-Leigh Adams says, “Personally I felt very scared to enter into the corporate environment. I remember completing my Corporate Communications degree 3 years ago and I had no idea which direction I wanted to go. Bearing in mind my degree was so broad, I could branch out into any aspect of business. As I started creating my CV all I had was an educational background and that was it, no work experience at all. As I scrolled through various job portals I glanced through the job requirements and I was so thrown off guard by "you need to have at least 3-5 years experience". I would immediately close all tabs and an outburst of fear and anxiety would consume me. So many questions ran through my mind of which I had no answers too. I then told myself, I just graduated and I cannot meet all the expected requirements. At the end of the day, it's what you can bring to the table and how you can apply your skills and knowledge and be a benefit to the company. It's all about learning and I'm not afraid of a challenge nor of hard work".
Tips to consider when applying for jobs to help you become a successful candidate
# Creating / updating your CV - Recruiters/ hiring managers do not like reading lengthy CV’s. Pay close attention to the layout and design of your CV and create a visual impact for recruiters/ hiring managers. Try and keep it short and simple and once you are interviewed, you can elaborate in detail.
# Job searches - Set at least 1 hour of your time a day searching various job portals. Apply to jobs that sound appealing and passionate about. Try and avoid applying for too many jobs that you are unable to keep track of.
# Networking - This is part of entering into the job market. Networking and connecting with others will keep you updated with the current and latest trends. This is a powerful tool where you interact with others by learning from them and building long-term relationships.
# Soft skills - As a graduate, it would be helpful to develop your soft skills for entry-level positions. Although technical skills are a bonus, hiring managers always test your soft skills to ensure that you meet the cultural fit of the organization. Practicing scenario-based situations and your ability to respond to these types of questions would be helpful.
# Be prepared for interviews - For some, this can be an overwhelming process. Create a good first impression, be confident but not overly confident. Always try and do your research about the company beforehand. Youtube would be a helpful tool as you can watch videos or seminars to prepare yourself before an interview. By doing your “homework” indicates that you are serious about the position and creates a lasting impression. Highlight your strengths, weaknesses, what you are passionate about and how you can be of value to the company. Set out questions that you may be uncertain about which can be clarified during the interview.