Mr. Obinna okeke, who is graduating in June with a degree in computer science from Nnamdi Azikine University Awka, is frustrated.”I have been searching related job sites, networking with people in the same field and I am not sure I will get a job I am passionate about or I can learn from“, he says. Mr. Obinna is not alone. From further studies, we realized that he is even better than may others that have the fear of not being able to secure a job at all.
So if you are a new grad trying to a land job, how can you stand out?
New graduates should indentify what sets them apart from other candidates; specifically, they should be able to speak about their successes and unique experiences.
New graduates should keep themselves open but not desperate.
New graduates should open themselves to different fields that are of interest to them. Not narrowing themselves down to just a field. This does not mean desperation. You need to be able to sieve what you want from the lot.
Employers are looking for more than grades now. They want to see outside activities where you showed leadership and management skills. Employers are looking for people that are flexible and get the ground running not people that need time to adapt to an office setting from the academic environment.
Making constructive contact
Connections are very important especially when the competition is very keen. New graduates should network with family and alumni who work in their desired professions or who have high ranking positions in companies. Think broadly about expanding relationships and networks. Volunteering is an excellent opportunity to network.
Online networking can be an effective tool in job search. By using facebook and Twitter efficiently and professionally, you can exponentially expand your list of contacts, communicate effectively and maintain relationships. Read discussions and post your own helpful, insightful comments. This will enhance your relationship with others. You can also use forums to your advantage. Post a status update that you are interested in a particular firm and ask if anyone can share any insight or knows someone there. Leverage any and all connections you to help put your resume to the top of the pile and gather information on the firm.