Being something you eagerly looked forward to, becoming a graduate could be fascinating. Finally, you’ve begun enjoying freshness outside the four walls of school; those long unending hours of classroom lectures and assignments have all come to a halt- at least for a while. However, the stakes are raised higher; more is expected from you, your success or failure in life hinges on the decisions you make at this moment and one of the things at the core of these decisions is earning a living. For graduates who are not entrepreneurs or self-employed, the job-search option seems the alternative. Quite surprising, many recent graduates find it a daunting task to secure a job, sometimes lasting several years after school, which only disrupts their career plans and advancement.
If you hope to get employed soon, here are a few mistakes you need to avoid in your job-search.
– Wait for the Big Pay-Check: The job market is not a place to play hide and seek games. Competition for jobs stiffens even more because there are fewer jobs despite the increasing number of qualified people. That you are yet to receive an interview invitation for your dream job shouldn’t make you turn down other offers. Although the remuneration might not be satisfying, the requirements from start-ups and SMEs are usually less compared with long-established firms. In addition, your first few jobs will serve as a means to broaden your knowledge, build your experience and prepare you for your dream job. More often than not; the better the Job, the more the requirements.
– Only look for a job: Employees are quite aware you’ve probably been unemployed for a while but they want to know what you spent your time doing as you waited for an interview opportunity. For Nigerian graduates who have to engage in the compulsory one year Youth Service, it’ll be to your detriment to start searching for a job after NYSC (National Youth Service Corps) with no outstanding skill or work-experience. The period between your graduation and call-to-service (at least a month), even while at your Youth-Service; could be very useful to build your career in the right path and help you meet some job-requirements. Acquire professional certifications, engage in volunteer work, learn a new skill, explore internship opportunities and practice on the things you already know how to do. Consequently, when there’s a need to talk about your job-search experience, you’ll have a compelling story to tell.
– Not have a ready CV: Many recent graduates don’t see the need to write a CV unless there’s a job-opportunity; small wonder many CVs look hastily prepared with errors and are generally unprofessional. A bad unprofessional CV can rob you of several jobs as it won’t get past the HR department’s trash can. At Jobberman, you can have your CV written by our experts to give it the required professional touch. Visit our Career Services for details.
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