Job search Tips
See what being a fresh graduate can model your job search, and how you
can polish your resume to offer your best to companies.
As a fresher the world of job searching is a new one. You have completed a long degree course with a great performance. You have taken active part in the extracurricular activities at your educational institution, been proactive with subjects that have interested you, relevant to your degree. Now comes the time to begin pursuing a career, building it step by step, bringing those dreams to reality. Your college has begun inviting recruitment, you have started your own job search, seeking jobs relevant to your learning & degree.
You may be doubtful of your own skills, or wonder if a particular company is what aligns with your mode of functioning, and whether you even have any defined mode of working! When you conduct an online job search, you will have many questions on what to include in your application.
You are unsure of how to respond to corporate and official communication, with the rapidly transforming world of more and more relaxed working environments. So, the big question is – what do you need to do in a job search?
Three important things to remember:
These are a few points to remember when you begin applying, or get the first interview call.
Note#1 Research the company prior to contacting them
Industry experts say many people make a few lapses when they begin job search. Most notable includes not researching the company beforehand. Now in the times of instant internet usage, there is no excuse to not availing of this facility. Don’t simply browse the website, visit the sections that are relevant to you – especially the About Us page, the latest News page, the products they offer etc. No one expects you to know in-depth quarterly economic data, but it is vital that every jobseeker who applies and secures an interview with the placement agency needs to know what the company is about.
Research the company prior to meeting the interviewer
Note #2 Customise your resume according to job
Tailor your resume to each job you apply to, make it crisp. Leave out bits of your educational experience that have little to do with the job opening at hand. No need to list every single project you have done (something like building website for a group). You may feel that you have very little to list because you are a fresh graduate, but employers at this juncture are looking for willingness for the new employee to learn, adapt well to professional challenges and take instruction with enthusiasm.
Emphasise on the energy you bring to the project.
The readiness to learn, though it cannot be expressed fully in an interview, it is best to display it in words that are simple and expressive.
Note #3: Leverage your domain knowledge
As you don’t have experience so far, you have to leverage your skills and domain knowledge. Simply listing skills isn’t sufficient, provide details like internships or summer training; college projects and other projects you have undertaken.
• You can mention your academic achievements.
• If you have been an exceptional student, mention those in detail showcasing your special honour and talent.
• To give a clear picture to the interviewer of your background, use table format to present it efficiently. Some users prefer to show it in timeline format where it can be mentioned in a chronological manner.
List your academic achievements in a chronological manner.
As your CV is the foremost tool to present yourself, it should be precise, short and informative along with being properly presented. Also, the layout of the resume should be user friendly with more emphasis on skills. Length of the resume shouldn’t be too long or too short.