Dealing with job application process after graduating
- September 10, 2016
- Posted by: Edwin Tan
- Category: Top Tips
When I finally finished university I didn’t chose to travel the world, volunteer or do another degree. I chose to get a full time job. I remember a few friends asking me why jump into the big step when I could just enjoy my free time. My answer was pretty simple: I was ready.
I’m not going to lie, I was terrified. Where do I start? How am I supposed to do it? Who do I contact? Were just a few questions going on and on inside my head.
Looking for jobs involves a process of planning and preparation that you might find a bit tedious and intimidating… And I don’t blame you! My advice is to be patient, organize your time wisely and follow the next five tips that surely will be super helpful!
Contact Recruitment agencies
Recruitment agencies can be helpful. They prepare you for interviews, give you useful information about companies, rework your resume and always look after you.
Amanda Abella from brazen.com says: “It’s in an employment agency’s best interest to coach you well for a potential job. Basically if you look bad, then they look bad. As a result, employment agencies prep you for interviews so that you impress your potential employer. In other words, you’ll never go into an interview blind.”
Just keep in mind that if your recruiter is searching already, it doesn’t mean that you will stop looking for jobs on your own. While they give you a hand by considering your skills for any job they are filling, you must keep looking for other options. This way if something comes up you will be able to pick the best for you.
In this case, it is better to have a bit more than less!
Write a list of companies where you would like to work
You probably have a few companies’ names in mind already and writing them down will help to keep your ideas organised and in place. After doing your research, writing the information gathered about each company and the job they offer will let you explore and compare possibilities, that way it’ll be easier to read and pick the option/s you like the most.
The internet is very helpful, you can use websites, professional associations, blogs, LinkedIn, Facebook and so much more. Also, newspapers and friends and family’s opinions can help too.
Remember: don’t limit your research to just one source!
Set a limit of job applications per day
Katie Burke, from hubspot.com suggests to target 10-12 companies at a time. That way, you will be able to find a balance between quantity and quality between the job search.
“If you apply daily to hundreds of positions you’re much more likely to make spelling mistakes, miss-state goals and miss-state interests while juggling too many balls”.
Demonstrate employers how much effort, time and quality you have put into writing the application, otherwise you will look like someone desperate that only wants a job.
Understand how to approach the employer
When applying for a job it is important that you know how the employer would like to be contacted.
There are companies that accept online applications only and there are others that prefer direct contact via the phone or face to face. Most of the time they indicate this in their job advertisements.
“When applying, make sure to follow instructions. If it’s an online application, don’t send a paper CV. If they want you to call, don’t randomly turn up on their doorstep (we meet with recruiters day-in, day-out, and it happens!). Play the game. It will be appreciated.” states allaboutcareers.com
Write a proper cover letter and Resume
If there is something I learned while applying for jobs is that every cover letter is always different. Even if all the jobs you’re applying for are very similar, the companies that are offering them are not. This is why a cover letter is so important. It is the key that will make the employer want to turn the page and read your resume.
Remember that every company is unique, they have their own goals and they are always looking for something that will make a difference.