The big day was wonderful; all you have been dreaming of and more. Now you are ready to take on the big bad world. The world is your oyster so you have been told time and time again, you cannot wait to make your mark. However, slowly reality sinks in ten months later and still no employers are knocking on the door to hire you. You have been to more interviews than you can remember, you keep on hearing the same thing “no experience”.
How does one overcome this challenge and where do employers expect individuals to find experience when no one is willing to give them a chance? While the answers lies in knowing who a person is as an individual so that they can craft the best CV.
1. SKILLS IDENTIFICATION
Make a list of all the skills you can think of that identify with you as an individual and try to match these skills with the listed skills in the job postings for the role you’re looking to get example; computer skills, technical skills, communication skills, research skills &problem-solving skills. Ask questions like what do people come to you for help with? By being able to answer this question you have already identify your skills and one step closer to being able to market yourself to your potential employer.
2. EMPHASIS “SOFT SKILLS”
One must remember that there are thousands of people applying for the same job so it is important to ask yourself this question; what will make me stand out from the rest? With this you must remember to showcase qualities like friendliness, professionalism, empathy and responsiveness.
3. MAKING THE CONNECTION
When you decide to apply for the advertised position, you must have a reason to believe that you can do the job, therefore spend some time analysing the connection between the formal and/or informal experience you have, or what personal characteristics do you have that make the job a good fit?
One way to keep yourself busy is to volunteer, this way you gain valuable experience and also build a network of connections which will help get your foot in the door.
5. BE REALISTIC
Sometimes you can craft the best CV but still have no luck remember to always be realistic when applying, make sure you’re applying for positions that are appropriate for you. In a tight job market where employers are flooded with highly qualified applicants; there is less incentive to take a chance on a marginally qualified candidate. Remember to target jobs that will show your TRUE potential and build your success, not just those where you think, “I could do that,” but those where you can excel with the strength and skills you already have.
Always remember when going for an interview or applying for a job, to think out of the box and be creative. You might not have years of work experience, but think of what else in your background you can use to demonstrate your worth/potential to an employer. Experience does not have to just come from traditional jobs; market any skills you have developed in other areas of your life and currently employers love to see that people also have life experience and know how to deal with real life situations.
Furthermore, university is totally different from the working environment, thus it is important to have a positive mind-set and be confident therefore remember to play hard when you get that job.