For graduates about to venture out into the daunting world of recruitment and selection, you may have read some fairly intimidating statistics.
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5 Facts Graduates Should Know Before Job Hunting:
- Remember the importance of personal branding
You’re probably very knowledgeable about the concept of branding, but have you considered your own personal brand? Every ambitious graduate should take some time to deliberate over what image they’re trying to portray to an employer. This will shine through in your CV and during the all-important interview stage. To form your personal brand, take your passions and your strengths and form them into a clear, targeted message that will speak volumes about your work ethic, your motivation and what you stand for. This relatively new and cutting-edge approach will make you stand out among the thousands of other graduates, who are likely just as talented and marketable.
- Unpaid internships are coming under fire
A great number of graduates decide to bite the bullet and accept unpaid internships in their field of choice, in order to secure a foothold and to give them some experience to flesh out their resumes. At any given time, there are roughly 70,000 interns working in Britain, a third of them going without pay. However, unpaid forms of internships are becoming a controversial topic these days and many graduates aren’t aware that some of them may technically fall foul of the law.
The argument has been made that unpaid internships give richer graduates an unfair edge, as not all graduates are able to work without a wage. Recently, a bill was introduced to demand minimum wage for all interns, as long as they are above school age and their internship is not a part of a course. While the bill, proposed by Alec Shelbrooke, was ultimately blocked, there is likely to still be a stricter enforcement for the minimum wage going forward. Graduates should consider whether the tasks they are doing at their internship constitutes work and could be fulfilled by a lawfully hired employee. If this is the case, the company in question is simply replacing paid jobs with unpaid internships. Graduates should be aware that this is problematic and unlikely to lead to a paid job down the line.
- Graduates can benefit from career coaching
Education is fundamental, but university doesn’t teach you how to get a job. This is where career coaching can seriously benefit new graduates. With valuable one-to-one sessions, career coaches help job seekers with their CVs, provide interview tips and assist with skills development. Importantly, career coaches can get you to see your true worth and appreciate your strengths, which will help determine your career orientation. Not all graduates are crystal clear about their ultimate goals or how they can get there. This is where an experienced and confident professional can provide assistance to guide you through the process.
- Many graduates are lacking integral workplace skills
Not all graduates are created equal. In fact, some leave education without fundamental workplace skills, leaving recruiters somewhat disappointed. A PayScale survey reports 60% of managers claim their new graduates lack skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving. 44% of managers said graduates lack leadership qualities and 36% reported they were missing teamwork skills.
This is unfortunate, as the skills graduates lack are exactly the ones eagerly sought by employers. According to one source, the top skills employers want are teamwork, problem-solving and decision-making, among others. 2017’s most desired skills are likely to be collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. To put yourself above and beyond the competition, demonstrate you exemplify these characteristics and emphasise them on your CV.
- Employers are looking for graduates with grit
Skills are essential, but regardless of how naturally talented you are, without the necessary drive and determination, your career won’t go far. This is why employers are looking for graduates with grit. Grit is essentially the ability to sustain a passion for a particular project or goal for a long period of time. Employers don’t want employees who are half-hearted or apathetic. They want relentless and dogged individuals, as these people will help to progress their company. Don’t just show them you want the job. Show them they would be lucky to have you on board by emphasising your enthusiasm and inability to accept failure as an option.
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