New graduate in a changing world of work: advice for your job search


New graduates find themselves in the unique position of having entered higher education with certain expectations for their years of study and career path, but then suddenly have to adapt to a whole new online learning paradigm. and face a very different labor market than they originally had. considered when they graduated at the end of last year.

As a result of these experiences and changing circumstances, recent graduates may be particularly vulnerable to the consequences of the pandemic, with one of the most significant impacts being the loss of certainty and the “normal narrative” of how graduates will go on to work, an education expert says.

“Graduates must therefore now – more than ever – be creative and intentional in their job search,” said Dr Rufaro Mavunga of the Independent Institute of Education.

If you’re a fresh graduate who’s never worked a day in your life, writing a resume and cover letter can seem like a daunting and daunting task.

“There is, however, so much information available on so many platforms such as recruitment websites that provide advice on how to write a winning resume,” Mavunga said.

It is also crucial to read job descriptions carefully to identify the skills and experience required to ensure that your CV and application match these.

It is important to highlight your aptitudes and skills adapted to the needs of the advertised jobs. It may be necessary to refine your CV for each application.

Mavunga continued, “It helps to list the requirements and refer to that list when writing your CV.”

Although your skills and expertise should match the job descriptions given, attention to the aesthetic aspect of the CV is also very important.

Mavunga said, “Graduates are advised to use a simple format, as complicated layouts can be difficult for applicant tracking systems to manage. Graduates should also carefully consider whether everything they have included in a resume is actually necessary. At all times, graduates should try to do their best in avoiding typos and grammatical errors that detract from the overall presentation. And you have to focus on quality over quantity to stand out from other candidates.

Dr. Mavunga noted that although many jobs are currently being advertised on online platforms, graduates should not discount speculative applications.

“Speculative applications allow you to create your own opportunity by applying speculatively to organizations, even when they are not advertising. So make a list of companies you’re interested in, research their PR materials, and then contact them. Think outside the box to make your approach stand out from the rest! Many large companies have links on their websites for graduate employment, but do not necessarily advertise them on popular job search sites. Another aspect that can improve the employability of graduates is networking. Social networking is defined as the use of social media sites on the Internet to keep in touch with friends, family, colleagues, clients or customers. Social networks can have a social purpose, or a professional purpose, or both, through various sites like Facebook and LinkedIn. Building a strong and professional social media presence can connect you with information and opportunities that can help you in the job search process,” Dr. Mavunga explained.

Social media is also important because it allows you to connect with people you wouldn’t normally meet. Always remember that employers often check a candidate’s social media platforms to determine if a particular candidate would be a good fit for their company, so post accordingly.

“Graduates should strive to make their social media platforms employer-friendly and perhaps remove any posts that might be of concern to a potential employer,” she said.

COVID-19 has affected the world of work in different ways in different countries, but there are clear trends in the way work is changing.

“Many companies are moving their business processes online, with more staff working remotely. Graduate recruitment is also moving online, with recruiters having interviews and assessments online or in a blended format. It seems likely that at least some of these changes will endure beyond the current crisis, so graduates need to take steps to embrace this new environment,” said Dr Mavunga.

And then you have to manage expectations.

She continued, “Many first-time job seekers have a vision of what they think their first job should look like. In the current climate, not all graduates will have the chance to see this vision come to fruition, at least perhaps not immediately, and expectations may need to be changed. For example, while you may be keen on a full-time job with full benefits, it may be time to consider a six-month internship or fellowship or possibly seek and accept jobs. contractual. The key is to be flexible, realistic and knowledgeable about career options.

There are constant negative reports regarding high unemployment rates and scarcity of jobs. Such reports are discouraging, with the feeling that the chances of getting a job are slim.

She concluded: “Graduates, however, must demonstrate patience and perseverance to increase their chances of employability. Job search fatigue after a failed search is real, but staying positive and putting in the effort will pay off in the long run. Graduates should look for ways to be positive in the face of the negative. Developing this skill will serve you well throughout your career.


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