People have a common misconception that once you graduate there will be a job waiting for you. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In order to land a job that interests you, you must first look at the vacancies to find out who is hiring and then ask yourself whether or not your possesses the skills to meet the job requirement. Here are some tips for landing a job after graduation.
1. Unless you are applying for a job at McDonald's, it will impress the interviewer if you know a little bit about the company for which you are applying. Training a new employee is difficult enough, training an employee who knows nothing about the job is even more so. If you have knowledge about the company and the job for which you are applying, you will stand out from other applicants. Be sure that you have some skill sets for the job to which you are applying, these are the ones you will most likely here back from first.
2. There are some common skill sets that are necessary in today's job market. Some of the most basic job requirements are knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. The ability to research facts online is an asset to many companies. Customer service skills are also something a lot of hiring managers look for. If you know how to talk respectfully and cheerfully to a client over the phone, you will be an asset to any company. Some jobs require a particular skill set and knowledge of a particular program. For instance, graphic designers and web developers often have to use Dreamweaver to perform their trade. If you use and have knowledge of these various programs be sure to include them on your resume and mention them in the interview.
3. Although it seems like common sense, the ability to reason through a problem is a quality in high demand. Companies are looking for people who can take a real world situation and come up with a plausible solution by thinking logically and critically. Colleges even offer courses on critical thinking and logic. Although it is important to know how to follow directions and do as you are told, it is even more important to be able to think outside the box and come up with innovative ideas that can push the system forward.
4. Being an innovator and thinking creatively go hand in hand. Creativity surpasses the realm of art and can be an asset to any field. When we do things the same way, we often have the same result. But if someone is able to look at a situation differently and come up with a creative solution, a different result may come about. The ability to think differently is beneficial to any field.
5. Whether you are dealing with customers, fellow employees, or your boss, you must know how to get along with others. No man is a company by himself. In order to run an effective business you must depend on others. Since every business requires you to work with other you must know how to be respectful and patient. Compromise is the word of the day when working with others. If you are someone who feels uncomfortable when talking to others, practice at home in front of a mirror. Remember, first impressions mean everything when you are looking for a job. The way you communicate with others says a lot about you and your ability to work effectively at a common goal.