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GRADUATED... now what?
If you have
recently graduated and received your degree, congratulations. That’s a great
achievement. That is something you should be proud of. Your hard work and
sleepless nights have finally paid off and you are now a graduate.
But why is it
hard to find a job? Did I do the wrong qualification? Is there a need for
people with this qualification? Those are questions most graduates ask
themselves and I also went through that phase. It was frustrating and I felt
defeated, like I had studied the wrong course.
The honest truth
is at university we are not prepared for the work environment. We are not
taught how to transition from university to the workplace. And if that was
done, the unemployment rate of graduates in South Africa would not be high. It
is even worse when you do not have any work experience.
through job portals and it is like all the job adverts you are reading require
individuals with over 3 years work experience? Obviously, you are straight out
of university and do not have any work experience. The next question is “How
will I find a job if I don’t have any work experience”? That is another
irritating phase I went through.
My advice for
all graduates is not to lose hope. A qualification is the first step to
building your career. Most employers want individuals with a qualification but
it is not enough in the competitive work environment.
In terms of
compiling your CV and deciding which job is suitable for a graduate for these
1. Look for
internships and graduate program opportunities.
volunteering in your field. You may be working for free but in the long run you
are getting a bit of experience to add to your CV.
3. Your CV
should be 1 – 2 pages long if you do not have any work experience.
4. Write a
motivational letter that will ensure you stand out from the crowd. It will give
you the chance to introduce yourself in a professional manner. Keep it simple,
make sure your story makes sense and check for spelling/grammar. An employer
does not want to hire someone who does not have ATTENTION TO DETAIL.
5. Having a
qualification is good and all. But ensure that you get good marks. Most
graduate programs and internships want an average of 70%. So focus on your
studies and get good marks. You will thank yourself later.
consider continuing with postgraduate studies. This will help decide which
field you want to specialize in. For example, in HR there is HRM, HRD & IR.
A postgraduate degree will help you decide which field you are passionate about
and how to persuade it.
profile on several job portals is an essential step to being recognized by
recruiters, companies and getting your dream job. Basically, job portals are a
platform where individuals meet and interact with companies in a professional
manner, apply for jobs and create professional connections with industry
leaders. Here are my 3 tips to utilizing job portals to your own advantage: When you
create your online profile ensure that it is a “public profile” as that will
make it easier for recruiters to learn about you and what you have to offer the
company and they will be able to contact you if they are interested in inviting
you for an interview.I cannot
stress this enough but ensure that all information in your profile is nothing
either than the TRUTH. Honesty is an important element company’s need from
their employees. Companies don’t want to hire individuals who they won’t be
able to trust because dishonest employees tend to be also unethical and ethics
is very important for many…
Writing a CV can
be a stressful experience especially if you do not know what information to
include about yourself, educational background and work experience. And it can
be even more stressful if you don’t have any work experience. I work in the HR
environment and I see over 20 CV’s everyday with mistakes, that harm an individual’s
chances of being invited for an interview.
This will serve
as a guideline as to which details you should never include:
details are important but avoid things such as your hobbies, age, likes &
dislikes, religious beliefs, height & weight. This kind of information is
unnecessary and no one has the time to read through it all.
expectations. This is a definite NO. It only makes you seem like you are only
after money & not interested in developing your career. Leave salary
discussions until you have been invited to the interview.
3. Avoid lies
& false claims. If you don’t have a degree or work experience clearly state