How Do New Graduates Get Jobs in a Down Economy?

The unemployment rate is on the rise. Nearly 25 million people in the European Union are finding it hard to make money as they have no jobs. Companies are not hiring as they were used to. How on earth are new graduates supposed to find jobs in this touch scenario?

7 Tips to Find Jobs for Fresh Graduates

#1: Try Harder
OK, this might sound clichéd, but how do you expect to find jobs unless you go seeking for them? When the economy is down, you can’t expect employers to come behind you with jobs. Agreed that most companies look for the best candidates, but when there are so many options available, why do they need to go out looking to hire people?
Now, most people might get the idea that going to job portals, submitting your resume and then waiting patiently for calls to come in is the key to get more exposure and better jobs.

However, it’s not that simple. Recruiters receive hundreds of resumes each day and to sort through all those resumes and finding the ideal candidate is just not that simple. So make it easier for them to identify your resume as a prospective candidate.
Instead of copy pasting your friends resume (who themselves might have copied it from elsewhere), try to create your own. Don’t try anything ultra creative unless you are applying for a very creative position. However, there are simple things you can do to a resume (like wording differently, reshuffling the format a bit, using a different yet readable font), and more. Customize your resume with the job title, position and even the industry of the company you are applying to.

#2: Use Social Media Smartly
Facebook and Twitter can be good ways to get in touch with your friends and relatives. However, you need to be careful about what you share on social media. Most employers now do a social media check of employees before they hire them. So don’t put out anything you might not want your potential employer to see!

#3: Take Up Internship Opportunities
Are you a fresh graduate looking for a full time job? Don’t be adamant that you’ll take up only full time positions. Part-time as well as internships are also good opportunities as most of the time you’ll be able to convert it into a full time position.

#4: Tap into Your Network
Most of the good jobs are gone before they ever come to the market. The best way to get job interviews even before hundreds of people start applying to the same opening is through your network. Tell your friends, ex-colleagues, and relatives that you are looking for a job. Even though they might not be directly having job opportunities for you, their network might!

#5: Go viral
Heard of Matthew Epstein who created a viral campaign called, Google Please Hire Me? While it may not have worked out for him, it did go viral which landed him 80+ job interviews with some of the top companies including Google and Microsoft. You don’t have to create anything that crazy, but you get the idea. Stand out from the crowd. Do something different.

#6: Improve Your Skill Set
What better time to better your knowledge. With tougher competition, you’d want to be equipped with a better skill set. Are you a C++ programmer? Try learning Java or Python. You’ll not only increase your knowledge, you’ll also vastly increase your chances of getting hired.

#7: Build Your Own Brand
You don’t have to start a business or be a marketing expert to build your brand. With technology making things simpler, all you need to do is spend some time and less than 50$ to make a personal website of your own. There are various things you can do to build a brand of your own.
1. Can you write decent English? Then start a blog and share your knowledge with the world
2. Are you a programmer? Build a web application to showcase your coding skills
3. Do you want to become a creative designer? Create info-graphics and viral cartoons that showcases your inner creativity
With blogging, your limits are actually endless. You can write about virtually any topic in this world and show people that you are actually passionate and knowledgeable in this area.

Over to you now:
What do you think is the biggest challenge graduates face when they are looking for their first job? Let me know in the comments.

About The Author
Adarsh is an early career expert at Jombay, a career guidance platform for students and graduates looking for jobs in India.

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