Graduation day is often the best days of a student’s life because everyone including those who opposed their education on the basis that “there is no need to waste money educating a girl” will be there ready to celebrate.
The entire village will hire a whole bus just to come hear your name being called. A graduation party will be held in your honor, promises and merry will be made in celebration of your achievement.
Distant uncles with MBWs and V8s will show up in their rides and ask you to send them your resumes. You will be all jumpy and look to life with enthusiasm and a feeling of accomplishment.
However, truth will dawn to you the next morning, a week later or even a month later once you remain alone. That is when you will realize that those distant uncles were making promises for show. You will realize that everyone is back to their struggles and you no longer matter. You will realize that you need to get your shit together and do something with your life.
What next after graduation? We have made a list of five things you must do after graduation to ready you for the job market.
Be Clear About the Job you want to do
Nothing screams desperation like “I can do anything” when searching for a job. It is also a warning to employers that in case they hire you, you can leave them for “anything.” They will therefore avoid you like a plague even if they are in need of someone with your background and skills.
If you’re fuzzy about the type of job you want, you can take a career assessment test. Alternatively, you can use informational interviewing to help you gain focus. Alternatively, you talk over your specific concerns with a mentor or career counselor to find your area of interest. Organizations such as My Career Identity can come in handy when it comes to helping you find your interest and aligning your career goals.
Find a Volunteer Opportunity
Have you realized how the job market is geared towards having some specific skill-set? Volunteering is the surest way of getting these skills. As a fresh job seeker, you need to forget diving into job hunting as soon as you graduate, unless of course you took up jobs during your Degree or Diploma course and have the experience.
Employers and recruiters want candidates who have a clue of what the actual job entails, they do not want to start on training after hiring you. Starting out as a volunteer and proving your skills as time goes by will get you absorbed into the job market faster.
Arm yourself with a Solid Resume
Companies are today advertising many entry-level jobs. However, to stand out from your colleagues with whom you graduated from college, you must have a solid resume and cover letter.
When you’re applying to jobs, you need to tailor your resume to the individual job descriptions. This can be done by including relevant keywords. That way, you’ll have a better chance at clearing the applicant tracking systems many companies use to prescreen resumes. For example, if you’re pursuing a job as a book editor, be sure to use words like “writers” and “editing,” which likely appear in the job description.
But also remember that a human is reading your resume, so you want to also explain your accomplishments in various jobs, and use numbers to quantify your achievements as much as possible. For all your resumes, make sure to highlight any previous internships and relevant coursework.
Take Advantage of the Resources at Hand
With the right mentality, a good resume and clear knowledge of what you want to do, you need to be seen. You need to use available resources to ensure that your CV gets to the right people. This therefore calls for increased attendance to networking events, use job sites and other avenues through which you can be seen by your target employers.