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How to Get Job Offer after Graduation

job-offerThe world after graduation isn’t the same as the one before it. I’d go so far as to say that the change is bigger than the one you experienced when you finished high school. Yes, then you moved out of your parent’s home and had to wash your own clothes, but that’s nothing compared to what comes next.
Business isn’t the same as university life. In university the goal is still to make you better. That’s not what happens in the world outside of the ivory tower. There the goal is to use you to make somebody else better off. The focus shifts entirely. And if you’re not ready for that, if you’re not prepared that you will no longer be at the center of anybody’s attention, it’s going to be tough out there.

The world doesn’t owe you anything

Now that’s probably not what you wanted to hear, but it’s important that you did. Consider it tough love, because if you haven’t been giving it any thought it’s time that you did. In fact, while we’re ont the topic of tough love, thinking is not enough. You’ve got to take action.
Because the world doesn’t owe you anything and it won’t give you your opportunity on a silver platter. The only way you’re going to get anywhere is if you start making moves to take what you want.
If you’ve still got time then what you need to engage in is a bit of resumeism. This is doing and engaging in activities that will make your resume look good. Get a job, even if you don’t need one. Find some activity that needs you do communicate a lot, like writing a blog or working on a newspaper. Start a business (it doesn’t matter if it fails, as long as you can show you tried hard and you can sum up what you learned).

Write several cover letters and construct several resumes

You cannot send out the same cover letter and CV to every job. That doesn’t mean you have to build a new one for every job you’re applying to, but it does mean that you’re going to need several different templates that you can adjust to better suit the job you’re applying for.
Are you considering both accounting and programming? Obviously, you do not need the same skills in both sectors, so make sure your resumes reflect that. In one, talk about all the programming languages you’ve learned. In other, explain how you did the book-keeping for your father’s business for over five years (I’ll let you figure out which CV you should use for which job).

You are not at the center of anybody else’s world

So don’t assume that if you send your CV and your cover letter somebody will see your greatness and hire you. Instead, realize that your CV and your cover letter will be submitted to the same scrutiny and attention as everybody else’s.
Sometimes that means that somebody will look at every typo and every grammar mistake. At other moments it might mean that they won’t look past the first heading.
Both of these situations need to be anticipated and dealt with. Make certain that there are no grammar and spelling mistakes on your CV or cover letter (get somebody else to look at it just to be sure). Also, be aware that if your first few lines don’t have any punch, most people will not look further. After all, they’ve got hundreds of applications to look at. So make them count!

It’s not what you know but who you know

So make use of your social network shamelessly. Met a business manager in a bar two years ago that might be a way into the industry? Contact them! Dated somebody whose father works somewhere important? Get in touch!
Yes, they might say no. But so what? If they say ‘no’ to this they’d probably have said ‘no’ to some other request as well. And if they do say ‘yes’ then that might give you an opportunity you could never have dreamt about. Isn’t that worth the discomfort of reaching out and potentially getting rejected?
So sit down and scour your memory. Similarly, ask your parents, family friends and anybody else if they can think of anybody – even if it’s a long shot. As long as it’s only a small bit of effort even long shots are worth taking. And besides, weak ties can sometimes get you opportunities that strong ties can’t.

Finding a job is a job

You can’t just do it for half an hour a day. This is something you need to do properly. So send out resumes, check the work boards, reach out to friends from long ago and craft the perfect cover letter for eight hours a day, just like any other job. Yes, that sounds intensely boring.
The truth is, though, the more aggressively you attack the job search, the shorter it will last. Job hunting is a numbers game. Each individual shot doesn’t have a great deal of chance, but that’s balanced out by you taking a huge number of shots. Eventually one will hit. And that’s the great thing about job hunts, it doesn’t matter how often you miss. All that will soon be forgotten and left behind.
What matters is that you hit. Then you can take the job, move on to the new life and leave the horrors of the job search behind you.

Searching for a job is a skill

So don’t worry if initially you’re not very good at it and things go wrong. There are things that you need to learn and aspects that you need to understand. For that reason the most important part of any failed job application is that you try to figure out what you might have done wrong and then move on. That will mean you’re better prepared for the next post you apply to and the chance that you’ll get it will be that much higher.
Keep that up for long enough and keep improving and one day it won’t be you hunting for jobs, but jobs hunting for you. Good luck and go get them!

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