Getting a Job after school – My Experience

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JANUARY, 2018

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Author: Gideon Adekunle

The goal of almost every student I know is to find that dream job after completion of their studies. It is a culmination of the lifetime spent in formal education. However job hunting can be a very daunting task, especially without the right information for guidance. This was a hurdle that I had to cross with a lot of mistakes made along the way. I am no expert in this. I am only sharing my experience and hopefully, it will help students and anyone one looking for a job to navigate their way through this process while avoiding some of the common mistakes.

 

Set a goal, plan and persistence until success is achieved!

“There are a lot of helpful websites out there with tips on how to answer the tough questions. ”

Gideon Adekunle

1. Start from first year – start applying for placements/internships from your first year at the university. Contrary to popular belief, students in their 1st year of study can apply for placements. As a student this allows you to gain relevant experience and also gives you a better idea of what you like or do not like. If successful in your placement, this could lead to an offer of a graduate job after the completion of your studies.

2. Only apply to jobs in your desired career – There is no point applying for a job you have no interest in. Do your research to narrow down your potential career options and only apply to roles in these

3. Apply frequently – Frequently here refers to 5 completed application forms each week whilst you are looking for a job. This number is made up but I believe it increases your chances of getting a job quickly and allows you to have multiple options rather than having all your eggs in one basket.

4. The internet is your friend. When it comes to filling out an application form, use ‘’google’’ to find answers to questions you don’t understand. There are a lot of helpful websites out there with tips on how to answer the tough questions. I recommended copying and pasting the full question into your browser at first.

5. Spend time researching the company you are applying to – This is one of the most important thing to do once you have selected a company you want to apply to. This must be carried out diligently throughout the application process with that company. This research helps you as the applicant to find out useful information about the company which helps when it comes to completing the application form, and answering interview questions especially telephone and video. The research should cover areas such as the company’s history, job role & description, values, interview process.

6. Keep a record of useful information – These can be in a folder on a computer. It should include your CV, answers to some application questions you have completed, cover letter etc. This will help with future applications.

7. Get feedbacks for any unsuccessful application whenever possible – Several companies offer applicants the opportunity to get a feedback for any unsuccessful application, to find out where they went wrong.

8. Do not make the same mistake twice – Use feedback from any unsuccessful application to improve your next one. It’s one thing to get feedback, it’s another to use it.

9. Persevere and never give up – You might experience a lot of rejections despite doing everything right, but you must not let this put you off. You must never give up. This is a very important mindset to have when it comes to applying for a job.

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