You might be a new graduate but cannot seem to find a job. This year, things have been looking up for new graduates, and so this means that you just haven’t found the right fit yet, or there is something that you’re doing wrong. In this article, we are going to try and figure out what you could be doing wrong in your job search. This is especially so if you’ve sent out dozens of CV’s but not one of them has had a response.
Looking only online
There are many websites where people can look for jobs, and actually get very good jobs, and this include LinkedIn, CareerBuilder and many more. The problem might be that you’re restricting your search for work to job search sites. What you should know is that up to 80% of available jobs are never listed. This means that you need to broaden your search by checking into career centers of your college. Start networking by meeting up with professional mixers that can present the opportunity to meet with new contacts. Something like a college alumni get together could really help, since you would all have something in common.
Limiting your options
Your college major should not limit your horizons. Just because you took a major in a certain course, doesn’t mean that you’ll necessarily get a job in that particular field.
Giving yourself a bad reputation
Nowadays, our social media pages say a lot about us, and employers usually check them out. You wouldn’t want the potential employers to find pictures of half-dressed images, make them clean and professional. Not even privacy settings will save you.
Sending the same resume to every hiring manager
You need to customize every resume and application letter to suit the different jobs you’re applying for. One simple trick here, lies in the keywords. Another tip, don’t leave those job applications for the end of the day when you’re tired and can barely think. Also, don’t multitask while applying because you might confuse one little detail.
5. Not knowing what you’re worth
Even if you’re fresh out of college and just starting out, you don’t want to be underpaid. You can try out a PayScale Salary Survey to get an idea of what you’ll be earning. That makes it easier for you to negotiate.
Luis Namnum of Occidental Vacation Club, Reviews Hiring for Service
We are going to look at the sort of things that Luis Namnum, the person in charge of hiring staff for the Occidental Vacation Club looks for when he is hiring. This should be able to give you an idea of what to look out for the next time that you go looking for a job. Luis has vast experience in the leisure and travel industry, having worked with some of the largest companies in the industry before moving to Occidental Vacation Club. Here is what he had to say, “I actively participate in the hiring of upper level management, primarily Area Directors or Vice Presidents.” Occidental Vacation Club place a lot of importance on customer service, and that is one of the reasons for their success. There is also the need for the candidates to show that they can work as team players, because this is the only way that all the different departments can succeed for a common goal.
When it comes to hard fast rules, here is part of what Luis had to say, “I try to look for certain values: hard work, honesty and fairness as well as a personality type that is comfortable working with a diverse, multicultural, multilingual and geographically remote staff.”
The best interview question that Luis asks is, “Based on what I have explained about the job is and what you have read about our company, how much should you make?” this question usually throws the candidates into confusion as regards their self-value and the understanding of the jobs value. That should not scare you, though, because Luis loves humorous interviews too, and his success is attributed to happiness.
New grads should look out of the box if they can’t seem to find jobs, and especially is they are full time, well-paying jobs. Getting into companies like the Occidental Vacation Club could be almost impossible if they are not well prepared. At least have an idea of what the company expects when sending out your resume.