Tips for Freshers in their Job Hunt

Millions of freshers enter the competitive job market every year and hustle for landing a job in their dream organization. However, given the level of competition and the continuous evolution of the market, simply having a stellar academic record or the best pedigree isn’t enough and sometimes you may not have that.

So to gain an edge, you need to have a great story to tell about yourself. Great pedigree but poor quality CV doesn’t cut it similarly average pedigree and nothing stellar in a profile won’t cut it either.

So what can a fresher do to best present his/her candidature:

Identify your strengths and weaknesses first

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We all think we know ourselves very well. We are often mistaken and it’s time to actually reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. Also focus on what motivates you—some people like repetitive tasks whereas for others “Variety is the Spice of Life”. The better you know yourself, the more likely you’ll find a job that provides you with greater satisfaction. If you don’t know your strengths and weakness talk to people/teachers/mentors/friends to understand this.

Create a Great Story about yourself

A story about yourself develops more interest and tells how you are unique and different from others. This story can include a great personal achievement, a problem you solved, a challenge or fear that you overcame, or weakness that you converted to a strength. This reveals a lot about you.

Create a short yet effective CV/Profile

Your resume makes the first impression. So a copy/paste job from a template doesn’t work. Think of the above 2 points and make an impactful CV. Again pay a lot of attention to small details. No one wants a poorly written CV with grammatical and typo mistakes. So no run of the mill CV.

Identify 10 roles you want to apply to with research

Oftentimes, out of desperation, candidates apply for every job that they see, regardless of whether they are way underqualified for the job.

Organizations reject those profiles and the applicant feels bad to see all the rejections. Avoid getting into this situation by spending time in researching about roles and organizations and then identifying roles that can work for you. Apply to less places but where you best fit the bill.

Research and then apply to the roles with a cover letter

A Cover letter should always be specific to the job you’re applying to. Often times cover letter loses meaning as it’s a copy/paste of the CV which isn’t even in any way reflective of the role you are applying for. You don’t need to lie all you need to highlight is anything you may have done that can be of interest to that role’s ask.

Communicate clearly and respond in a timely manner

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When communication is effective, it leaves all parties involved satisfied and feeling accomplished. By delivering messages clearly, there is no room for misunderstanding or alteration of messages, which decreases the potential for you to be successful. A poorly crafted message will only end up with rejection or no response.

Things to keep in mind—attitude and learning abilities

“It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort.” – Jillian Michaels

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It’s always important to listen before one answers and try to understand why someone is wanting to know that.The more you listen the better you will get be able to answer the question. Enthusiasm and energy is very important and at the same time is the attitude. Are you someone who thinks you don’t need to revise anything you have written or presented? Think again.

Complete assignments on time and with focus

Often times candidates think assignments serve no purpose and the employer is trying to get free work done during the interview. This may be applicable for a few select employers at senior levels but as a fresher there is very little that the employer gains by getting a fresher to do an assignment. So before you have those thoughts go through the assignment and understand whether it tests you or not and can it really add much value to the organization who may already have those answers.

Many a times candidates try to finish the assignment without much focus and when they get rejected they wished they were given more chances.“Do it right the first time”

Be reasonable and clear in your goals and ask

You don’t get what you wish for. You get what you work for.” – Daniel Milstein

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Clarity is important when it comes to goals. Challenging goals stretch your mind and cause you to think bigger. This helps you accomplish more. However, by saying I want to be a Manager in a year when you still don’t even subject matter expertise of the role won’t be reasonable so again think through about your ask. Many a times, applicants have wrong notions of the money they can get as a fresher so do some research before asking.

Also understand roles within a domain people seem to be allergic towards sales roles and many want HR roles without realizing what all each of these comprise of.

Leave a pleasant impression

Always show your gratitude to your interviewer. Reiterate your interest in the position and indicate what draws you to the company (provided you have researched about it well). This is your last chance to leave a positive impression so don’t sound desperate or bring up your personal situation to gain sympathy of the interviewer or your desperation rather focus on why you feel you could be a good addition.

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