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Post Graduate Employment: How To Secure The Job You Want And Begin Your Career
The post-graduate job hunt can be long and hard. Are you feeling lost and overwhelmed with your post-graduate job search? Look no further! Learn how to act employed to get employed, adapt and react to challenges, and never take rejection personally with this guide to getting employed for students.
Search Smarter, Not Harder#
Job searches are a well-beaten path on the internet, and there are many people out there that think they have cracked the code to finding the perfect job online but 'the times they are-a changing'. Finding your dream job isn't about searching job titles or scrolling through industries hiring pages, though this can work. Smart searchers are seeking out the perfect job descriptions and job duties to find ideal jobs.
The duties you perform and the job description define what a job is, day-to-day, and will help you decide if you have the skills needed to do what is required. Hiring People help create job descriptions for employers in every industry, and you can use their tool to create your own ideal list of duties and responsibilities. This gives you the text and keywords you need to search smarter.
When scouring the web for work, you now have an added data set to work with and help you identify jobs that have titles you may not have considered before. This widens your net and increases your chances of landing a job.
Act Employed To Get Employed
Start developing some good habits that will help you when you join the workforce. Create a routine that includes working towards getting a job. Use a timeframe that works for you, but remember that the early bird gets the worms. If you only get yourself going in the afternoon you could be missing out on opportunities.
Track your progress and maintain a list of five or more jobs to apply for and how far you are through the process. Set yourself some specific job duties to accomplish each day, breaking down your job search into small and easy to manage pieces. Approach your job search as if it was a job, keeping regular hours and completing tasks each working day.
Early emails and early replies can often secure you an interview spot and also demonstrates to potential employers that you are attentive, available, and taking your search seriously. Daily dedication can be the difference between a dream job and weeks of unemployment, so keep yourself going even if you only complete a few small tasks each day.
Adapt And React To Challenges
It's important to be flexible with your job search approach. The number of applications you send out will fluctuate depending on your motivation levels, the quality of the jobs available, and whether you are focusing on preparing for interviews, writing applications, or searching for new vacancies. Be flexible.
Keep an eye on how your job hunt is going and make changes as necessary. Tailor each cover letter and CV to suit the potential employer. Search online for similar job descriptions and think of ways you can demonstrate you are up to the tasks. Look at the duties and responsibilities in the job description and craft your CV to highlight relevant skills and work experiences.
Do not let downtime be wasted either. If you've applied to all the jobs that you really want and have some free time, consider looking for some backup options or jobs outside of your current criteria. Don't get trapped into one viewpoint and be flexible with your approach to job searching. Think out of the box, do not trap yourself in one.
Never Take Rejection Personally
ob hunting is a learning process. Don't be discouraged by rejections - instead, ask for feedback to help you improve for future opportunities. Every application is a chance to practice and refine your technique. Never pin all your hopes on one job, no matter how perfect you think it is, and don't get too attached and keep applying for other roles, even if you think one is looking promising.
You may not progress for a number of reasons, and you may never be given one even if you ask for feedback. Remember to move on, and do not take a rejection or a lack of a reply personally. The employer may come back to you later if the person they hired didn't work out. Keep lines of communication open and don't burn any bridges.
Even if you get a job, you should still attend any interviews or follow up on any applications. These can be a learning opportunity too. Don't worry about applying for backup choices. It's not a problem to receive job offers from multiple employers - in fact, it's a good problem to have! You can always decline a job offer later, or use an existing offer of employment as a bargaining tool if another employer is really keen.
Don't let your post-graduate job hunting get you down! Create a routine, track your progress and stay flexible. Remember, every application is a chance to learn and improve. Don't take rejection personally, keep lines of communication open and apply for backup choices. Good luck out there!