The Post-College Life: Job Hunting Tips for Fresh Graduates

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Graduations are always memorable – though this year, not in the way we expected. Just as you’ve reached the end of college life, the coronavirus pandemic took the world by surprise. But the good news is that job hiring  will probably continue despite these challenging times.

So how do you job search during a pandemic? Here are some tips for fresh graduates that will help you land your first job.

Before Job Hunting


Are there still companies hiring fresh graduates right now?

Yes, although you can expect a slower job hiring and onboarding process as companies adapt to the new normal.

Read more: How to Find a Job during Pandemic

 

Our graduation was postponed because of the pandemic. Can I still apply for jobs?

Yes. Companies like us still hire fresh graduates, as long as you can prove that you did indeed graduate. Just be ready with your Certificate of Graduation and True Copy of Grades; the hiring manager may ask you to submit a copy.

Read more: Job Hunting 101: What You Should Never Put on a ResumeWhere do I start my job search?

Start by creating a strong resume. This is the first thing you should work on before applying for a job. It should describe who you are and tell your career story. When writing your resume, aim for substance instead of length.

I had no idea I had to prepare so many documents like cover letters and recommendation letters. How do I make them?

You can find lots of sample letters on the internet. Be resourceful and learn how to write your own. You can even create a personal template so you don’t have to keep rewriting them every time you apply. While not all companies require cover letters or application letters, it’s still good to have one ready just in case.

Read more: Job Hunting 101: What You Should Never Put on a Resume

What type of job should I apply for?

Ideally, you should choose a job that you’re passionate about. But with all the uncertainty right now, you may also need to explore other industries outside your own.

The key here is to know what your transferable skills are and how they can be applied to other roles. Your job could be different from what you majored in, but the important thing is that you’re learning new skills and progressing in your chosen career path.

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During Job Hunting


I’m competing with so many other fresh grads – what should I do to stand out?

Be yourself and take a personal approach to your job search. Tailor your application to the company you’re applying for, and be creative in how you sell yourself.

Grow your network. Reconnect with colleagues and friends. Build relationships that can turn into opportunities.

Practice answering common job interview questions. Remember to always be courteous, lively, and friendly. Be the kind of person people want to work with.

Read more: 9 Essential Skills for Every Job-Hunting Fresh Grad

It’s hard to find a job. The companies I want to work with don’t have job openings that match my skills. What should I do?

Sign-up to more online job portals and apply for different job postings. Search the top companies you want to join and apply thru their career websites. The more job applications you send out, the higher your chances are of getting hired.

I’m experiencing a series of job interview rejections. How should I deal with it?

Dealing with job rejection is difficult, but don’t take it personally. Not getting the job doesn’t define your professional worth. Things happen for a reason; today’s rejection might lead to a better opportunity tomorrow.

Read more: 5 Tips in Handling Rejection in Your Job Search

Job interviews make me nervous. I find myself stuttering while answering the hiring manager’s questions. What can I do?

Research and learn as much about the company as you can. Not only will this impress the hiring manager, but having more information will also help you feel more comfortable and confident during the interview.

Anticipate the questions you might be asked, and prepare your answers. Then practice, practice, practice. The more you rehearse, the more natural your responses will be during the actual interview.

Lastly, get comfortable with phone and video interviews. Most are now done online as we observe social distancing.

I focused on creating the best memories in college. Unfortunately, this also translated into poor grades. I’m worried about not getting hired because of my low GPA.

Were you a working student, varsity player, or student leader in college? Highlight those experiences in your job search. Talk about the things you achieved during those times. Emphasize specific skills you learned that are essential for the job you’re applying for. This will put a spotlight on your soft skills and work ethic instead of your academic performance.

Hope these tips for fresh graduates helped and wishing you the best of luck with your job search!

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