As per a poll carried out by Accenture in 2013, only 39% of students of the classes of 2011 and 2012 had managed to secure a job by the time that they had graduated. For the year 2013, only 16% of students had job offers a month before they reached commencement. If you are about to graduate, the following tips might come handy in securing a job.
- Focus on Building a Career
Most students believe that they would be landing their dream job right after the moment of graduation. While lucky situations do happen, it might be more realistic to set aside aspirations of landing the ideal job and focusing on building a career to get there. Students might be faced with the fear of taking up just about any job. However, a first job would enable you to build a network and gain skills that would be transferable to your dream job.
- Make a Plan
Before the end of the semester, you might consider mapping out each remaining week and setting out tasks to perform in order to be ready to apply for jobs. For instance, your tasks might consist of the creation of a LinkedIn profile, seeing a career consultant and building a new resume.
- Keep an Open Mind
A career consultant might advise you to keep an open mind when it comes to applying for first jobs. Limiting oneself to a particular company, job or industry might narrow down the response rate. After graduation, there are less chances of landing “wrong jobs”. Moreover, any relevant experience would be seen as a plus for future applications.