ART OF JOB HUNTING
graduation comes career. You have to start hunting for
jobs. Its time you brought theory in to reality and
start applying all that you have learnt in colleges
practically. You graduated with stars in your eyes and
a dream in your pocket. The days of stipends and allowances
were over, and you looked forward to cheques, bonuses
and perks with eager anticipation. You start preparing
resumes, check for vacancies in newspapers, apply for
jobs and prepare for interviews. Then you wait for the
much-awaited call with impatiently. All this sounds
hectic but believe me job hunting is not an easy task.
After so much of hard work when you don't get a call
you feel disappointed and ask the big question WHY.
You tell yourself " People don't want people with no
Well job hunting is difficult but never give up hope.
Hunting for your first job is difficult. If you're a
graduate looking for your first job, or an older person
entering the job market for the first time, there are
a lot of factors working against you in today's competitive
world. But you have to keep trying and one day you are
bound to succeed.
Here are a few tips, which will help you search your
job with more efficiency and intelligence.
Go one step ahead
With this what I mean is start planning for your job
hunt in your final year of college.
Read business magazines, keep yourself updated about
the various professions that are coming up and which
might interest you or is your field of work. Ask others
about job opportunities and vacancies in their companies.
Meet professionals, ask questions and keep your eyes
and ears open to the job market and figure out where
you'd like to see yourself in it. Make sure you choose
a job that's made for the future and is there to stay.
Go For Experience
Try to work in your vacations or do a summer jobs or
part-time work. Help your father or a friend's father
in his business, to get the required experience and
also to know the life after college. Try to get as much
exposure you can.
Preparing your resume
The next step after getting experience and making contacts
in your field is to prepare your resume. Though a resume
won't get you a job, but if it's properly done, it will
definitely give you the interview call. The functional
resume, in which you detail your areas of expertise,
is the best bet for first-time employees. Employers
do not bother reading informal stuff you put in your
resume. Design your resume to answer the needs of the
particular job you want or of the company you want to
join. List the skills you've acquired that will be most
relevant to that employer and be specific. List your
educational background, internships, volunteer work
or any other work experience.
Preparing for interview
If you're determined and wise, you'll get the job interview
you seek. When going for an interview, dress in formal
clothes. Arrive early and remain calm and composed.
Be gentle and modest with the interviewer. Answer the
questions fully. Don't give irrelevant answers and don't
lose your patience and temper. Ask the interviewer as
to when they will inform about the selection and when
you will be hearing from them.
Art of negotiation
In today's job market, starting salaries are usually
fixed for entry-level candidates. You can't do much
about it. Take what's offered, and if you think it's
not enough, ask for a six-month salary review to discuss
it again. But don't forget to negotiate and ask your
employer about your salary and assignments. If you are
not comfortable with it you can ask for a raise but
don't refuse it just because you are not comfortable
with it. Remember what is more important initially is