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How to Get Employed Immediately You Graduate From the University Even In a Dwindling Economy.
Do you want to get employed immediately you graduate from the university?
Then you have to bookmark this article and come back to it over and over again. This is because today, I will be sharing with you tips that can get you employed even in a dwindling economy.
According to the statistics, the Nigeria unemployment rate rose to almost 14% in 2016. Going through history, you will find out that the unemployment rate has never reduced. Infact in 2013, it was a mere 10.5% and has continued to increase.
Yet as someone who works in the recruitment industry for years now, people get employed every single day. Sometimes in a month, we place over a 100 job seeker with companies from different industries.
So what seems to be the problem?
So the problem really is not that there is no job but from our experience, the problem is that there is a disconnect between the job seekers and the employers.
For those already, in the labour market, you may be able to learn a thing or two but my concern today is for those who are just about to graduate.
How do you begin to properly position yourself in such a way that once you graduate, you will get a job immediately?
Tip 1: Choose a career
One of the problems I see young graduate making is that they think of life in terms of getting a job and not a career. Unfortunately most people who are successful focus on building their career and not getting a job.
A job is something you do to earn a pay while a career is something you do for a living. The best way to illustrate this is to ask you one main question.
“Where do I see myself in the next 5 or 10 years?” or do I see myself doing this same thing for the next 10 years.
If your answer is yes, then spend all your energy getting a job in that field.
Tip 2: Improve your skills
Today employers are not looking for people with only a certificate but they are looking for people with a certificate and a skill that is crucial for their industry.
Let me make an illustration. Suppose you want to work with a leading telecommunication industry. One thing you will quickly notice is that most of their staffs have a certification called ITIL which is short for Information Technology Infrastructure Library.
Or suppose you want to work as a customer service agent, they one of the skills you must have is clear communication skill. So when employers want to hire, they not only ask if you have the necessary qualification for the job, they also want to know if you have the necessary skill to perform well on the job.
Your question then might be, how do I know the right set of skills to acquire?
It’s very easy. One thing you can do is to search LinkedIn for the industry you want to work in and look at the skills those people working in that industry has. Another thing is to look at job vacancies been posted and see what employers are asking for when they post a request for a job.
The next thing then is to start acquiring skills in those areas.
Tip 3: Take an Internship position or simply Volunteer
Now you have an idea of the career you want to build and you know some of the skills required, the next thing is to take up an internship position with a company in the industry you are interested in or volunteer.
Let me share a life case study with you. There was a case of two people who came for internship at our firm. Today, they work with an oil and gas company. They were able to get the opportunity because they actually volunteer for a project.
What is interesting to note is that during their internship, they were not paid a penny but when an opportunity came, they were considered and because they had undergone some training, it was easy for them to get selected.
When you intern or volunteer, you gain two major advantages:
- You get to know how the industry work
- You get practical work experience you can use to build you CV
- You build your network
So rather than spend your break holidaying around, volunteer for jobs in the industry you want to work.
Tip 4: Build your employability skills
We are getting closer to how you can get a job right. Yes and the next few steps will actually help you get the job.
What I will teach you next is how to build your employability skill.
You see, no matter how much you know, the first point of contact between you and a prospective employer is usually through a recruitment process.
Now there are stages within a recruitment process; from when you submit your CV to when you first appear for an interview.
Most qualified candidates who failed to get a job failed because they misses these two crucial stages via submitting the right CV and doing well at interviews.
So when we talk about employability skills, we are talking about those skills or things that make you employable.
One of them is putting together a good CV in place. You can learn some good resume tips in this article or simply ask a professional to go through your CV before you submit them.
The other is brushing up your interview skills.
Tip 5: Be on top of the latest jobs
Getting up to date information about the latest jobs is the next thing you should do if you are actively looking for a job.
There are lots of places you can look to especially places like job boards, career websites, LinkedIn and HR communities. I would not say too much about this but here is a list of places you can submit your CV to if you are actively searching for a job.
Tip 6: Build Your Network:
Finally, learn to network. The quality of your life in the next 5 years will be determined by the people you know.
Luckily, networking and keeping in touch with people today is much easier with the advent of technology.
Email your senior colleagues, get their numbers before they leave school or go on LinkedIn and build good rapport with people already doing what you want to do.
There may be recession and the rate of unemployment might be high but people still get jobs every day. Be on them.
AUTHOR BIO : Emmanuel is the community manager for Careernaija.com . He is also a Career Coach, Motivator and Resume Writer with experience in mentoring, coaching and counseling.