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9 Things Every Graduate Should Know Before Starting Job Hunting
Upon the completion that important course you are studying, it is important to understand what you are looking for in the market. Papers alone cannot determine what you will become outside there in the corporate world. More than grades, people need to have a feel of what you bring to them in terms of the value they will be expecting from you. This is one of the many aspects to consider. Otherwise, there are other things to know before starting job hunting as outlined.
- Consider other options outside your qualification. How about joining custom professional writers to trade your skills globally? It could either be in your area of study or not. In the UK, 2015 reports showed graduates taking jobs as office juniors, cleaners among other minor job opportunities, 6 months after they had completed school. Ideally, degrees did not guarantee jobs but a person can determine whether they get a job or not. In essence, a third of the graduates surveyed in this report took up these non-professional type of work that did not require them to have a degree. These figures keep fluctuating determined by other factors and not necessarily whether you have a degree or not.
- There are many of you out there. Therefore, it is important to know this and come up with ways on how to compete favorably in the market. From the National Center for Education Statistics, the rate of unemployment reflects the total net changes in relation with the number of individuals hunting for jobs whereas employment rate is good enough to reflect on the jobs being generated in relation to the growth in population for each of the different age groups.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the unemployment rate in 2016 was higher for those with advanced education attainment levels. Young adults with either a bachelor’s degree or an advanced one reported an 88% of those who secured jobs in this category. For those who had completed college only, 77% of them got employed compared to a 69% of those who had only attained high school education alone. Those who didn’t finish high school reported a 48% rate of employment.
However, the pattern where the level of education matches the employment rates may not happen at all times. The US economy, for instance, underwent a recession between 2007 and 2009. In 2008, the unemployment rate for the young adults was much lower than it was close to 10 years before the recession.
- Prioritize culture over compensation. As you get started off, your focus should be on working with like-minded people. Satisfaction with the job must come first.
- Prepare for it. Research more on the company you want to work for and fully understand the opportunity in the offering to stand a chance of getting the job.
5. Be real. No one is interested in hiring a robot. Be yourself at all times as you also endeavor to be as professional as you can. These two are equally important.
- Have a good CV in place and see where the subject or course you studied is taking you. Keep review and organizing your CV to give it a professional look all the time. It is the first impression employers will have about your personality. Here are some important facts to draw from a 2012/2013 study in the UK showing the relation of employment versus subject studied in school. Ideally, some courses held some guarantee to secure a job than others.
- Fulltime Job is Demanding. You will fail a number of times along the way and therefore, this should not come to you as a surprise.
- Small companies are also a good place to start from. You don’t have to necessarily start off in a corporate organization. Be ready for either but don’t turn down an offer from a small enterprise.
- Success comes gradually. Don’t expect to excel instantly. Be patient and walk the journey towards it. Every graduate will have to start somewhere.
In conclusion, every graduate should be open-minded as they plan to begin their job search out there. Don’t be too much reserved to ignore any opportunity that shows up. Prepare to get started small as you advance to bigger opportunities.