This is the time when thousands of college students across the country will soon be looking for jobs. Given the nature of competition in the current job market, job searching without much work experience can be frustrating. When you are just out of college and embarking on finding a career path, it’s easy to feel intimidated and overwhelmed. But with some hard work, a lot of ambition, smart strategies, and confidence in yourself, it can happen. Here are the best 5 job hunting tips for fresh graduates.
Top 5 Job Hunting Tips for Fresh Graduates
1. Get Started by Making a Professional CV
The basic, yet the most effective component for job search. Keep it concise and stick to 2 pages. Get rid of that boring objective part. Rather, include a branded headline or a profile snapshot in bullet points.
As a fresher, you won’t be having considerable work experience. So, you have to leverage your skills and domain knowledge. Don’t just list your skills. Provide evidence of your skills through internships, summer training, and college projects.
It’s also useful if you demonstrate your practical skills through event organization, sports participations, voluntary work, contribution to college magazine or any other journal, school prefect etc.
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Remove those unnecessary personal details like Nationality, Age (or Date of Birth), Marital Status, Father’s Name, Blood Group etc. Your name, address, email id and phone number on the top should be more than enough.
Include links to your social media profiles like LinkedIn & Twitter. Ideally, this should come under your profile.
2. Leverage Your Online Presence
Online presence matters a lot these days. It’s almost mandatory to have a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is the most powerful professional networking platform today. In fact, your LinkedIn profile is your online resume. Almost all companies use LinkedIn to screen their candidates. It is a one-stop source of all your qualifications, skill sets, certifications, work experience, and accolades.
Another thing that you must be doing on LinkedIn is to expand your connections beyond their friends and known people in real life to other professionals and recruiting managers to gain a better chance for a job placement.
If You’re Not on LinkedIn, You Very Nearly Don’t Exist. Think about it this way: If tomorrow morning, a recruiter logs onto LinkedIn looking for someone in your geography, with expertise in what you do, and you’re not there? Guess who they’re going to find and contact? Yes, that person’s name is “not you.”
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Maintain a clean profile on other social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus etc. It would be also nice if you have got your own blog site.
3. Use Online Job Portals
The online job portals might sound like orthodox, but companies and HR recruiters do use the online job portals to hire fresh talent. So, do register and start finding jobs using the online job portals. Some of the top online job portals are Indeed, CareerBuilder, Naukri, Monster, SimpliHired, TimesJobs, FreshersWorld, Shine etc. If you are for the startup jobs, sites like AngelList and CutShort are excellent ones to get started.
4. Reach Out to The Hiring & Placement Agencies
There are several companies who don’t recruit directly and use the hiring agencies. So, you can find placement agency and submit your job profile. Some of the top agencies in India are ABC Consultants, AON Hewitt, Kelly Services India, Adecco India, Randstad, CareerNet, SutraHR, Talent Mappers, Manpower, Planman Consulting, Genius Consultants, Team Lease etc.
Generally, these agencies work as mediators between organizations looking to recruit the right talents and the job seekers, who look for the right employment opportunity. Most of the placement agencies do not charge, but some placement agencies have some charges for their services. Please be advised that there are many dodgy placement agencies in India, which take money from the fresher but do not give any call. So, be careful of such fake placement agencies.
5. Networking and References
Get in touch with your college seniors, friends, and relatives. In the majority of cases, connection and references work well in India. Besides, many jobs do not get advertised on job portals or through placement agencies. The best way to tap those jobs is through networking and references. It is also important to find out if you have a known person in one of the target companies where you aim to work. LinkedIn solves this dilemma and purpose for the candidates.
Many job seekers simply wait for a job posting rather what should be done is to identify the companies that you want to join and to identify the key persons involved in the hiring process and then contacting them and scheduling the meeting.
Keep in touch and schedule meetings with your friends and other known people to get to know what is happening in their companies and job openings.
If you need any advice or professional guidance with job search, CV editing/review, interview preparation, career advice feel free to contant us. The Stoodnt Team consists of credible and highly experienced career counselors and mentors. Stoodnt aims to help students (high school & college), fresh graduates and employed graduates with an opportunity to realize their aspirations of a successful professional career, growth and personal development.
A great speech by Kumail Nanjina about his journey from Pakistan to a liberal arts college in Iowa - Grinnell college where he got degrees in Computer Science and Philosophy. He is now a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and podcast host.
Nanjiani is best known for being a main cast member on HBO's Emmy Award-nominated series Silicon Valley, as well as for providing the voice of Prismo on the Emmy Award-winning animated series Adventure Time. He starred on the TNT series Franklin & Bash and the Adult Swim series Newsreaders. Nanjiani also co-hosted the Comedy Central show The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. In addition to his television and film work, he hosts two podcasts: The Indoor Kids and The X-Files Files.
In 2017, Nanjiani starred in the romantic comedy film The Big Sick, which he wrote with his wife Emily V. Gordon.
Many students look at the historical averages of GPA, SAT scores to create their college list. Historical data and statistics, including your interests, college budget, aspirations, can be a good guide to see what college may be the "best fit" college for you, but be careful while considering the average scores.
There are a few reasons on why you should do one level below the average statistics to see where you may fit into the data given the averages on admit rates, scores, profiles etc. vary by country, state and even by schools. Most of the colleges want to create a diverse body of students and want to also follow the general guidelines. For example, the public universities have an approach of admitting majority of students from their own state since the education funding received by them comes from state taxes and budgets. Just look at the example of University of California at Berkeley. In this data you can see the admit rates for California resident is far higher than the admit rate for out-of-state students and even far higher compared to International student admit rates. So if you are an International student applying to U.C. Berkeley, you may think Berekely is not as competitive as some of the Ivy Leagues when you at the average admit rate for the college. However, when you look at the International admit rates, you will find the university to be as competitive as some of the highly competitive colleges.
Here are a few pointers international students should consider when applying to colleges abroad.
1) Over the last few years, international applicant pool is increasing and hence the admit rates are dropping. In top 50 or so universities, the admit rate for international applicants is far lower than the in-state or average admit rate for the college.
2) If you are from a country where there is a lot of emphasis on Math and Science, students applying from your country tend to have higher test scores in quant. section, hence you need to do very well in these areas to stand out.
3) If you are from a country where the teching language is English, again you may have to score well in the english sections. Sometime you may see the average scores as lower and they are often negatively impacted by scores of non-english speaking applicants or certain segment of students that do not have the same background as other segments.
4) Every college has a different guideline around the student body composition, so do your research around the current composition of student body in terms of international students, STEM students etc. See what is the direction a school is taking in terms of changing the student body composition and make your choice accordingly.
Given the focus on building a diverse class, most of the admission teams will continue comparing one applicant against another applicant with similar background, school and country. So, keep thinking on how you differentiate or present your application to stand out when applying. Don't follow the general direction but be yourself and be different.
Interesting thoughts from Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg in an article in Marketwatch:
Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates built billion-dollar technology companies in two very different areas, but they both agree on the biggest threats to American jobs.
At his Harvard University commencement speech on Thursday, Facebookchief executive Zuckerberg,had some tough words for the Class of 2017. “Our generation will have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars and trucks,” he said, adding, “When our parents graduated, purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community,. But today, technology and automation are eliminating many jobs. Membership in communities is declining. Many people feel disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void.”
Gates, the founder of Microsoft earlier this month, sounded the same warning.Gates said he didn’t want to sound like the guy from “The Graduate,” which celebrates 50 years this year.In that movie, old Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) was given this very famous piece of advice: “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word …Plastics,” And today? That word would likely be “robots.” Gates took his 34.8 million Twitter followers by the virtual shoulder and said “artificial intelligence” would have a huge impact. In other words, why not join the revolution? After all, that’s exactly what Zuckerberg and Gates did with social media and computer software.
But that’s not the only response to the robot revolution. Last February,Gates also told Quartzthat robots should free up labor “and give graduates an opportunity to focus on jobs that only let us do a better job of reaching out to the elderly, having smaller class sizes, helping kids with special needs. You know, all of those are things where human empathy and understanding are still very, very unique.” Gates said there is a counter-intuitive way of approaching the rise of robots. “So if you can take the labor that used to do the thing automation replaces ...then you’re net ahead.”
Zuckerberg too spoke about finding meaningful jobs and purpose in this new automated economy. “Class of 2017, you are graduating into a world that needs purpose. It’s up to you to create it,” he said, adding, “Taking on big meaningful projects is the first thing we can do to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose. The second is redefining equality to give everyone the freedom they need to pursue purpose. Many of our parents had stable jobs throughout their careers.” Today’s graduates, he said, will need to carve their own path, but have the freedom to fail and to try again.
They’re not wrong: Robots are expected to create 15 million new jobs in the U.S. over the next 10 years, as a direct result of automation and artificial intelligence, equivalent to 10% of the workforce,a recent report by Forrester Research found. The downside: robotics will also kill 25 million jobs over the same period. So in one way Gates is correct. Artificial intelligence and automation is an area undergoing a seismic shift, just like computers did in the 1980s and plastics did 30 years before that, and how people around the world changed how the communicate and share information about themselves (and, yes, data about themselves) 10 years ago.
And what field will be hot 50 years from now? Some 65% of Americans expect that within 50 years robots and computers will “definitely” or “probably” do much of the work currently done by humans,according to a survey by the Pew Research Center, a nonprofit think tank in Washington, D.C. Some 38% of jobs in the U.S. are at “high risk” of being replaced by robots and artificial intelligence over the next 15 years, a separate estimate by consulting and accounting firm PwC found, which is still lower than Germany (35%) and the U.K. (30%).