HOW GRADUATES CAN CLEAN UP THEIR ACT
After school or college, many graduates find themselves looking for jobs. There are always less job opportunities available than are needed by prospective applicants. Therefore, graduates need to be ready and willing to make some staunch efforts in pursuit of job positions. Here are some tips that might help:
- Establish clear ideas about your passions. Clarity of ideas transforms into clear actions. Graduates must have a very lucid idea of what they are drawn towards and what drives them in order for them to be able to express these ideas to their recruiters.
- Work on your communication skills. Good communication is the key to convincing your recruiter of your grit. One cannot stop working on improving their communication skills. Learn to communicate directly and with clarity.
- Identify your unique attributes. Intrapersonal knowledge is crucial when you have to convince your recruiter of your true mettle. Being aware of your strengths is quite impressive anyways.
- Tell your story effectively in your resume. Your resume must tell your story compellingly. It must be honest and must highlight your efforts and your endurance. A resume must show your recruiter how you stand out amongst other applicants.
- Gain real world experiences. Graduates are fresh out of their academic institutes. Yet, they must show their recruiters that they have experienced the world beyond their books. In order to achieve that, graduates must look out for internships and workshops to enhance their exposure.
- Globalize. It is undisputed that we live in a vastly expanding global world. Having the knowledge of cultures and systems beyond yours is essential, as is the acceptance and tolerance towards ideas that do not resonate with your own. Graduates must prove themselves to be citizens of the world.
- Work with a mentor. A mentor to guide you through the application and recruitment process can be very helpful. A mentor can be a senior, or a college councilor, or even an online guide.
- Develop your professional brand. The professional world is far removed from the college environment. The expectations vary drastically. Therefore, graduates looking for jobs should initially work on establishing their professional brand. What it means is that they must decide upon what they say and how they say it, and how it conveys who they are.
- Practice for interview. This simple tip can take you a long way. Practice for the interview with a friend, trusted colleague or even in front of the mirror. Work on the common interview questions. Get the story in your resume straight and be ready to fill in any gaps.
- Be willing to expand your personal boundaries. Professional work requires one to expand their boundaries and be willing to work with others as a team. Graduates should show their recruiters how well prepared they are to adapt and accommodate.
- Clean up your social media. Graduates must be advised to remove any content from their social media that shows them to be radical, intolerant, aggressive or too non-serious. Recruiters will most probably go looking into who you are through your social media feed.
- Exhibit enthusiasm. Prove to your recruiters that you are serious about working. Approach them yourself. Be willing to do the leg work and be pro-active.
- Identify organizations whose values resonate with yours. When applying, seek out companies that enact values that are resonant with yours. Shortlist the places that you would like to work at.
Graduates have a lot of potential and a lot to offer, and so they deserve to be guided through the process of recruitment which can be new and daunting for them.