“Welcome to the real world!”
It’s a line that college graduates hear a number of times when they start looking for work. Fresh graduates often make the mistake of thinking that the hard times are behind them.
The “real world” doesn’t require all-nighters nor does it have exams or never-ending projects – how difficult can it really be?
The answer depends on how prepared you are for the “real world”.
In college you were competing with your fellow classmates but when you enter the job market, you’re up against millions of people. The demand for jobs is always significantly higher than the supply, meaning graduates often have to settle for jobs that are irrelevant to their career path or don’t pay as well.
That being said, finding one good job can kick-start their career and put them on the right track.
Here’s what you need to know about landing a decent job as a fresh graduate:
As a fresh graduate you have limited experience – it’s your biggest disadvantage. You may not have experience but you do have strengths that will give you an edge over other applicants.
It helps to spend some time polishing your strengths. For example, if you’re applying for a job as a graphic designer, you can sign up for courses on various software programs that enhance your abilities and compliment them with additional skills such as photography and art.
With the internet you have direct access to all kinds of resources. There are plenty of useful blogs and articles online that provide you with guidance and advice.
You can take up short online courses and get certifications that give you more credibility and solidify your skills.
As a fresh graduate you have to keep your options open. Many graduates make the mistake of limiting their job options to their majors. It would be ideal to find a job related to your degree but as a fresh graduate, being too picky can end up doing more harm than good.
Apply to jobs in your field but don’t be afraid to branch out; any sort of experience is better than no experience at all!
When applying to different kinds of jobs, make sure to tweak your resume accordingly.
A winning resume will get you through the door but after that it’s up to you to make a great first impression.
Dress sharply, be professional but not uncomfortable. It helps to put aside 3-4 outfits especially for interviews.
Keep these tips in mind and you should be able to score a great job soon enough.