When you’re fresh out of university or college, you’re going to realise something. The job market is rough, really rough. You might have heard stories about people with master’s degrees working in Mcdonalds. Those stories are true, but there is a way to avoid that sorry state. You just need to focus on a few things.
You need to think about what type of job you want and we wouldn’t settle for anything less than your dream career. Then, you need to think about what you can do in your spare time to boost your chances.
After that, it’s time to look at some skills you can learn to make yourself more hirable. Finally, you need to think about your CV and the dreaded interview. It sounds like a lot, but we’re going to break it down for you, starting with what job is right for you.
Finding The Right Career Path
When you think about your career path, you need to consider both your skills and your personality traits. They have to blend perfectly. A simple example is this. You might love helping people and so believe you are perfectly suited to be a doctor or nurse.
But, you have issues with needles and blood makes you faint. So, instead of being a doctor, you should work to become a councillor. You’ll still be helping people without the blood or the need to know anything about science.
When thinking about what career is right for you, don’t forget about your passion. Even if you can’t follow it to your dream career, you can still use the skill. You may want to be an actor. You will find that everyone in the customer services industry is acting. They have to; they’re dealing with wonderfully ridiculous people all day long.
So, if you find yourself in this industry, you’re sure to hone the skills for your true passion. If you don’t believe us, listen to the tone of the voice next time a Disney employee tells you to “have a magical day.” It actually means something quite different.
Don’t forget that when you’re looking for your dream career, it’s good to tip your toes in different ponds. Don’t presume that you will end up in the profession you chose at university, you probably won’t. But if you don’t it probably means you won’t suited for that profession in the first place. It happens. We recommend spending a year thinking about what you want to do in life.
1. Getting the skills
Once you find the right career for you, it’s time to start thinking about what skills will make you more hireable. A good suggestion is to learn a second language in your spare time. This is great if you want a job that has any relation to customer service.
Here is a secret you may not have realised. Every job these days has some form of customer service. The world is one big melting pot and an employer with a second language is handy for any customer.
Just as long as it isn’t a dead language. But, if you were taught Latin in school and you’re looking for a law job, you’re in luck. Having that little nugget on your CV will prove very handy indeed.
Aside from this, you should be skilled with computers. You should know all the basics and a few extras. You might want to take one of the Microsoft Activia courses to brush up on your skills. That way, you can learn about excel, powerpoint and word. All of them are used in virtually every business today. Showing that you have these skills proves both initiative and willingness.
You might also like to start a blog in your spare time. It’s a good way to pick up money and get noticed by employers. You can put it on your CV, and it can demonstrate excellent marketing skills.
As well as this, you will find an employer is impressed if you have a big online following. Employers are always looking for people who can boost the reputation of their business.
2. CVs and interviews
After you’ve got the skills, it’s time to start perfecting the CV and heading to the interviews. We can only offer a few pieces of advice about both these situations. But, that’s all you’re going to need. Let’s start with the CV.
When writing your CV make sure it is clear and to the point, no more than two pages. If you include a cover letter, make sure that this shows confidence. Don’t use words like “think” or “could.” Instead say, “Will” and “Know.”
As for the interview, again it’s about showing confidence. You need them to think they have already hired you without being cocky. A firm handshake is always a good start and when you’re talking don’t stray off topic. Keep your answers to the point and you should certainly find they are impressed.
Good Luck with your future career. We are sure the right opportunity is just around the corner.