Six ways to get a job right after university

We live in an extremely fast world. After the Internet revolution, everything happens faster than before. Under such circumstances, no one has time. Naturally, right after university, the graduate has to look for a job. She has to make some money and make a living.

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Finding a job right after college may look like a complicated affair. So, here are a few suggestions that can ease the process for you.

Write out an excellent application. Your CV should show your passion and interests. Show that employer what you are passionate about and why. Vague applications are a major turn-off. So, put all your energy to prepare the application demonstrating all your abilities and skills, and prior work experience, if any. This much should be good enough to start you off in a right path. Be enthusiastic about the industry. This can fetch you a lot in the long-term.

Graduation is the end of your college life and the beginning of your work life. This is just the first baby step that you are taking. If you are wobbly and unsure, there is nothing wrong with it. Do not be afraid to make mistakes. Your first job will not determine or dominate your entire career. The world is changing. Industries are changing. So in a few years, the world of work will also change. Try to know as much as you can and leave the rest to the days to come. In the coming months, you will make it more manageable.

Master’s degree would not make you more employable. That is a fact. Unless you are planning to enter the academia, you do not really need the master’s to grab more attention from the employers. Unless your master’s is a vocational degree, the employer would not be too impressed with it. If you are pursuing a master’s degree, you will have to make sure that you gain some work experience with internships. That will come in your favor. Your internship might make you a better power-point presenter or give real data-handling experience. This will add greatly to your CV.

Social Media can be a boon in your job search. LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook can be places where you can let the headhunters find you. You are smart and intelligent and have a good degree from a reputed college. Now all you need is to put up an excellent profile on social media. Try to keep your opinions to yourself and not do anything untoward that might mar your employability quotient. With the help of social media, you can access a great plethora of job options posted online by the recruiters.

Be proactive and make the best use of the job search engines. First check the industries you are planning to work in. Second, you search out for employers, without waiting for the advert. Finally, talk to the people who are already working there. With a fantastic network, you are well set to build a great career.

Last but not least, do not give up on your dream job. It can be disheartening in the beginning as it is very competitive these days. But be on the look-out and try to know the qualifications or work experience you need for your dream job. Many places would look for experienced candidates. So, start working in a good place in your desired industry, build your network and move up the ladder eventually. You are only a graduate and embarking up on your working life. You have nothing to lose. So, be adventurous and put your best foot forward.

 

Here’s why you never hear back from interviewers

Getting a new job is like a dream come true for it means fulfillment of all those wishes you had harbored for such a long time, maybe it means buying your dream house, the car you had fancied for such a long time, the clothes you wanted to buy, the responsibilities you always wanted to fulfill  etc. But are all these things that easy? Is getting the final offer letter from the interviewer a piece of cake as it sounds. Don’t think so.

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This time when you have given the perfect interview and you think you have nailed it, you go home thinking of getting a call from the company the following day. The next day you run every time the mobile vibrates, but to no avail…for every time you pick up the phone, it’s everyone else except the company. So why do companies chicken out. Here is why:-

  1. Maybe they are simply rude- Some companies are actually not good and have a bad reputation in the market them self, so they don’t care to respond back to the applicant. In such a case, don’t loosen heart, be brave and mentally strong and let bygones be bygones.
  1. Maybe the vacancy was not there after all- Its very much possible that the company is hiring from within the company and some internal candidates may have popped up which means the vacancy has been filled. In such a case, don’t lose hope and start looking for other avenues. You can still follow up the company. It’s very much possible that something good comes up next time.
  1. Some interviewers don’t open up- Maybe the interview was not a good one and the Hr team just didn’t know how to respond back. In place of inappropriate feedback, they choose to keep their mouth shut.
  1. The interviewer may not be the deciding person after all- It is very much possible that the person who took the interview was not the deciding person after all, perhaps the manager or the higher authority was. This may be one of the reason you were overlooked or were not hired.

 

Restructuring your interview process

While a job interview is not an easy process and it takes lot of thinking and rethinking to execute a perfect interview procedure, here we will talk about how to restructure or rather reshape the interview process:-

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1) Train the interviewers – It’s important that the team or the person who is conducting the interview is properly trained. This will remove the ambiguousness from the process and make the interview process more consistent in nature.

2) The importance of good job posting – It’s important that you post precisely what kind of applicant you want. This is the first and foremost step. This means you post exactly what kind of qualities and skills you need in the applicant. This ensures that you get the right candidate.

3) The interviews should be effective – The interview process should be effective and structured. Unstructured interviews lead to chaos and hiring of the wrong candidate.

4) Don’t shy away from longer interviews – While it’s good to keep the interview short and precise, the interviewer shouldn’t shy away from long interviews. Long interviews mean there is more involvement in the whole process and ensures better recruitment.

5) Don’t discuss applicants until the completion of the whole process – It’s important that you discuss the applicants with the employees only when the whole process is over. It’s wrong that you call the interviewee midway while the process is being conducted and tell him his status. This makes the interview unstructured.

6) Make sure that the interviewee asks questions once the interview is over and not midway. This ensures that the interview is conducted smoothly and uninterrupted. This is primarily because it is the time of the interviewer to gather information about the applicant and not to be bombarded with questions in between.

7) The interview should be conducted without any discrimination and avoid stalking the applicant online.