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Graduated! The era of attending classes and hanging out with friends in the canteen is over. It’s time to move from studying with people of the same age to working with colleagues from every age group and experience. The world open to grabbing new opportunities creates confusion. Life after graduation is not a straight one-way path, and it is diversified. While exploring the job market, you will realize that there are a lot of options. It is the time to know your interest, find your love, discover new ideas, explore the market and places. Skills, interests, and passion should be identified and developed. It is a pleasure and stressful at the same time. Some of you might be having loans to repay, financially support the family, personal expenses, etc.
Some people are clear about their career goals and plans, but most are still in a dilemma. A doubt is which career option to move forward with as per their skill set and area of interest. There are some types of scholarships from Walmart, by which freshers get the proper guidance as per the industry standards.
The multiple ways to search for a job are through College campuses, Job Portals, Networks, etc. The significant difficulty graduates face during their job search journey is a lack of experience. Practically corporate working is entirely different from classroom studies. The structured study pattern of the college might have unrealistic expectations in your mind regarding the workplace culture.
Moving out of the nutshell of the comfort zone leaves a question of “NOW WHAT?”
Keeping calm and not hassling your mind will be beneficial. Make sure you are not involved in online scams of any kind while exploring. Keep yourself away from any such activities and prefer only genuine and trusted sources.
Here are five tips for recent college graduates entering the workplace that should be kept in mind before beginning their journey of finding the dream job:
“It is not what all you know; it is who all you know.”
Connecting is the biggest asset. The first step to building the professional network is through LinkedIn by optimizing the profile and connecting with individuals who share the same ideas. Social and family networks may also be helpful sometimes. It will help land a new job and explore various paths to find the area of interest. When approaching an organization for a job, always maintain decent and professional language in your email and avoid slang.
Networking shouldn’t be restricted to searching for a dream job; maintain good networks at your workplace too. Connections will build a step ladder for mutual success. Be friendly with everyone and take advantage of LinkedIn.
While building your resume, keep bulletins that highlight your skills. The cover letter should be customized every time for applying to the job. The two candidates might have the same skills but what makes them different from their competitors is the way of presentation. The presentation should be in a sequential manner.
Nowadays, being presentable on social media also creates an impact. Organizations look at your social presence to see how you deal virtually.
“Together, we achieve more.” An organization is a set of people working together to achieve the same goal. It is not new that your colleagues and bosses will be frustrated with you on your first job. As a good team player, you should come forward and take responsibility. Encourage yourself and others to complete tasks in a stipulated time following the process and make sure everyone has equal workloads as per their skills.
None is a jack of all trades. Not everyone can do everything. Everything we think we know, we don’t. It is necessary to give value to the counter opinions of our team members. A good team member offers help to find solutions and respects the limits of his designation. On top of all qualities, the crucial thing is effective communication.
The probability of landing a dream job on the first attempt is significantly less. A learning attitude and patience are the keys to surviving your first job. Patience and experience go hand in hand. Good listening skills (all ideas) and knowing how your actions can impact the group are part of a positive attitude. Flexibility will help in learning more, i.e., accepting any task that comes in the way and resolving it.
Self and personality development with proper time management will add to your experience. Learn from the mistakes of yourself and others too. Don’t be surrounded by people who backbite and talk negatively. Try connecting with innovative people who like their job.
While battling in the first job, you are likely to experience big cruncher and resentment. Try to remain calm in a pressurized environment. New places and work are exciting and challenging, but dealing with them is what makes you keep going. Sometimes, the seniors may get angry at you. Don’t take any of their words personally. Keep a gap between personal and professional life, and both should go hand in hand, balanced.
Keep a positive attitude to create a better workplace. You learn from the mistakes and feedback. Always be open to accepting the feedback positively. Pay attention to the right things and extra attention to items that are not correct. Be optimistic, always work hard and be competent in a few cases. Don’t hesitate to learn new things.
As per your interest and demand in the job market, upgrade your skills. No one knows what will happen five years down the line, so make the most of every opportunity that comes your way. If you don’t find the desired path, create one for yourself. Don’t be in a hurtle to find a job only because your other friends have started. Landing in any position to resume your career will result in stress and unsatisfied life.