More often than not, students wait till they graduate from school before they start keying into facts that will help them secure a good job. Funny enough, many of them do not even know how to make a sketchy CV, not to talk of a standard one until after graduation. But trust me, after graduation, reality is going to hit like a ton of bricks. You’ve spent your whole life being a student! It’s high time undergraduates got acquainted with all it takes to easily secure a job after school instead of all the negative opinions being sold out to them today. Unfortunately, majority of them find it easier to accept those demoralizing views rather than make hay while the sun shines. These 8 ideas to be discussed here are sure to get you a job at the verge of your graduation if you take them seriously while still a student.
1. Earn a Good Certificate – Study Hard
It is true that certificates are not all that matters but its still very much important and considered in securing a good job. Do not waste your time in school. Always be ready to do the right thing at the right time. Make sure you gather all the knowledge available to you in your area of specialization. Be a professional, and you will certainly be sought-after.
2. Do not Limit Yourself – Be Versatile
As an undergraduate, let it never escape your mind that you may not have time to go for skill acquisition, or the likes while searching for a job. You need to seize the opportunity of your school days to get experiences and skills that will back up your school results. Remember that the people who are in high demand in the labour market are those who could proffer solutions and you could only do that with skills and experience. Do not restrict yourself to only your area of specialization, try taking up on responsibilities and tasks that are outside the confines of your area of study. For instance, if you are studying mathematics, use a writing assignment to tackle a topic in Literature. Or, if you are an architecture student, try doing something in Geography. You might discover something new about yourself that will help drive your next steps in a direction you hadn’t predicted. Your horizon will broaden, and the experiences you acquire through these means may end up serving as an added advantage to you over other applicants some day, and help you secure a nice job.
3. Develop Your Interpersonal and Communication Skills
It is while you’re still in school that you need to learn how to be confident about yourself. Do not wait until you graduate before you do something about your charisma. You can even acquire this very important skill in the confines of your good friends and school colleagues. Learn how to initiate conversations, how to talk about yourself and relate your ideas interestingly and understandably, using the right words. this is very important because chances of getting a good job easily lies on your ability to relate, communicate as well as sell yourself properly. Lastly, its good to learn how to ask questions, they help a lot.
4. Cultivate Reading, Writing, and Networking Habits
These three things mentioned above give wonderful results which could not be discussed in details here. As a student, it is good to start earlier to learn how to read a lot. Try to glance through literature that come your way even when it is nothing in your field of study. Some people have bumped into therir dream job or career just by reading something they never knew would be relevant. It is also good to write because it helps you be able to communicate your ideas. Lastly, networking is indispensable for easy job search. This includes interaction with friends, family, professionals, mentors, etc. It could be face to face interaction, through the social media or by attending seminars and networking events. Use your spare time to visit and talk with people who have gone farther in their career, such as your teachers, pastors, etc. You’ll get to meet and discuss with a lot of people who’ll feed your brain and who may also be in need of your skills or rather recommend you in future.
5. Create a Profile
You do not necessarily need to have all your certificates handy before you can say something about who you are on net. It is very necessary to have a profile in major social net works such as LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. You can easily update your profile as you gather more certificates and experience. Employers could get to know you from these media and demand for your services even before you start searching for job. Let employers of labour get to know you early enough by creating an online profile.
6. Write professional Exams
If your course or the profession you intend to pursue has some professional examinations that can be written by student, please enrol if you are able to. Ability here comes in two folds: money to finance the exams and ability to combine with your academics which should be the most important. If you are an accounting student, I advise you start writing ICAN right from your undergraduate days. This is because when you graduate and start looking for job, you will be competing with other graduates that had finished their accounting professional exams. But if you know you don’t have the capacity to combine professional exams with your academics, please put academics first. You can always write professional exams after school.
7. Keep a Good Track of Your Goals and Accomplishments
It is very advisable that you learn how to keep good records as a student. Document whatever goals you intend to accomplish ans also the achievements you have made. The former will serve as a guide, while the later would help you remember achievements better, be more specific in interviews about them, and show examples of what you have done rather than simply describing them. Besides, by doing the work now you’ll save time later when you’re deep into applying for jobs.
8. Learn How to Write Wave-making Resumé
Just as I said in the introductory part, some undergraduates never bother to know what a good CV looks like until they start hunting for job. Most of them end up making a sketchy CV in a hurry just when they hear of a job advert they need to apply for. It is good that you understand the fact that your Cv plays a major role in determining if you’ll be considered for a job or not. It is just like your fore-runner, and if it fails, you have lost the chance of of ever being considered, not even for tests, interviews, let alone getting the job.
Do you have other good ideas that will help undergraduates secure good jobs immediately after school? Feel free to share your opinions below.