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Sunday, 7 April 2019

Basic Reasons Why University Graduates Can’t Get a Job

award6base1. Increased competition.
The days when college was only accessible to the rich and
elite are over. College has become more affordable and a lot
of pressure has been put on students to attend college in
order to find a good job. The result?
Record number of college applications across the nation,
resulting in more college graduates, and thus, more
competition for the limited number of jobs available on the
market. I can also safely assume that every person reading
this knows at least one person in their social circle who has
graduated college and is still having difficulty getting a job.
The secondary effect of this is that the days when having a
degree alone would get you a job are over. The “prestige”
that comes with having a degree has now become diluted
with the rampant number of students graduating. You now
need something more than just a degree to get you that first
job out of college. (more on that later).
2. Little or no work experience.
Many college graduates make the grave mistake of
assuming that their degree alone will qualify them for a job.
They spend their college years just getting by, partying, and
essentially, wasting their time. Because there’s more
competition, college graduates are now a dime a dozen.
What’s going to separate one college graduate with a degree
from the next and the next and the next?
The result is they get stuck in a catch 22 position. They have
no job experience, yet all the jobs out there require it if you
want to apply. So they can’t get a job because they have no
experience and in order to get a job, they need a job for
work experience, but they can’t get a job without work
experience and the cycle viciously continues.
One way to get out of this cycle is to not pass up on jobs
that you may think are beneath you. Swallow your pride
and take those jobs or intern for free at a company you
would like to work at. You could also propose a new
position to an employer if you have the creativity and the
boldness to do so. You’ve got to start somewhere, and if
you didn’t take the time to gather decent work experience
during your college years, this is the price you may have to
pay.
Always keep in mind that jobs can lead to other jobs. You
never know if the job you think is beneath you can lead to
the job you want. There’s always room to move up in the
company. Always do more than what you are asked to do.
That is one of the keys to moving on up Plus, by actually
having that job, it can provide valuable work experience and
knowledge, as well as the much needed dough.
3. No skills
You have to be good at something (aka skills) in order to
contribute something of value to a company. People with
computer skills (or at the very least computer proficient) will
always be in high demand. Learning these types of
technological skills will always be in your best interest
because companies leverage technology in their offices in
order to be more efficient, and if you can integrate well with
that, you’ve got something good going for you.
Another valuable skill to have is people skills. (more on that
later)
4. Lack of networking
Many people get jobs through referrals. Statistics show the
majority of people get their jobs this way. The reason why
word of mouth is so effective is because it cuts through all
the worry of whether or not this person can do the job.
If somebody has been working for a company for some
time, then that employee knows what it takes to succeed,
and if that employee knows somebody who can do it, it’s an
easy fit. The employer will trust the employee referring the
new candidate and the new candidate will most likely get the
job.
There’s just one catch though. You have to be “worthy” of
being referred. Remember that the reputation of the person
referring you is one the line. If you do a bad job, you make
them look worse. So have a fine reputation of being a hard
worker, someone who learns easily, etc. so people will be
happy to refer you.
Spend a lot of time networking at college. Make a ton of
friends, get in touch with recruiters, career counselors, etc.
Don’t underestimate the power of networking and word of
mouth. (btw, my first job out of college was due to such
networking.)
5. No preparation on the resume and cover letter.
Your resume and cover letter act as your first impression.
You can’t charm them with your presence or your smile.
Your writing does it all for you. So spend some time to
make it look and sound good. When describing yourself or
your work history, use action words. It makes a big
difference. Go to google and type in “resume action words”
and you should get a ton of sites which you can use as a
reference when crafting your resume.
Get a proofreader to look over your resume and cover letter.
Make your cover letter and resume stand out. Be detailed
and descriptive.
I had a friend who volunteered to look over my cover letter
when I told him I was applying for jobs during my senior
year. He made some good suggestions and I implemented
them and it sure made the cover letter look a whole lot
better. It didn’t hurt that he was a copywriter by profession
:). His suggestions helped enormously in me getting call
backs.
I suggest you get some professional editing done as well.
It’s worth the investment. Think of all the money you can
earn by just investing a very small portion of it to
professional editing.
6. No interview skills
So you’ve got past the resume stage and now you’re at the
interview. Think it’s a breeze? Think again.
They WILL ask the hard hitting questions. Why should we
hire you? What do you bring to the table? Tell me about
yourself (that throws off a lot of people) What’s your
greatest weakness (obviously reframe this question when
you answer), etc. There are a ton of resources online you
can tap into in order to prepare. Use our trusty friend
Google.
You must prepare. Have all your answers ready to go when
the question is asked. Be prepared to give examples of
things you’ve listed on your resume.
When you meet the interviewer, don’t give the limp fish
handshake or the bone crushing one. Give a firm handshake
and smile. Show your friendly side. We are all human.
Wear the suit, tie and jacket. It’s never wrong to overdress.
Even when I applied for a part time position while in college,
I went to the interview wearing a suit and later found out I
was the only applicant to do so and yes, I did get the job.
Don’t go in blind. Research the company. When I went to
interview at the Hilton Hotels Corporate Office in Beverly
Hills, my interviewer actually asked me when and where the
first Hilton hotel was built. I answered Texas, 1919 of course.
Did I get the job offer? Of course I did.
When they ask: Do you have any questions?, make sure
you do! Always ask questions. This shows you’re interested
in the job. Ask what kind of skills/qualities are needed to
succeed in the job. Ask what a day in the life of the job is,
etc.,
This is also your opportunity to flip the tables on them. Start
interviewing the interviewer. Ask about opportunities for
advancement, benefits package, etc. Remember, YOU are
interviewing companies as well to see which one is best
suited for you. Own the frame.
7. No weapon x
You’ve got to have an edge. Something that’ll make you
stand out from the rest. Be different. Among a sea of black
family sedans, be the fiery red convertible.
I can’t help you with this part as the only person who
knows yourself the best is you. So take some time, sit down
and think of what are some of the best qualities you have
and write them down. You can use this when they ask you
the hot question of: Why should we hire you?
8. No follow up
So you sent the resume and cover letter, but didn’t hear
anything back? Follow up. It can’t hurt. It can only help.
Shoot an email or a phone call and ask what’s going on.
Chances are, they may have not received it or forgotten
about it. It also shows your tenacity and separates you from
the rest of the people who don’t follow up. Don’t just
assume that they don’t want you and wallow in your self
pity. Take action and make it happen.
9. Quitting too easily
Not getting any call backs can be depressing. Don’t look at it
as a negative thing. Look at it as a positive thing. It’s just a
sign you have to change things because it’s not working.
If you have worked in sales, you know that all sales is just a
numbers game. If you have a good product (which is
yourself) and if you can put the product out there in front of
as many buyers as possible, you’ll eventually make a sale.
It’s inevitable.
So don’t quit. Keep on going.
10. A lack of people skills
One of the greatest myths regarding getting a job is that you
just have to have the skills and knowledge. That may be true
for some jobs, but the other major thing that employers are
looking for is social skills. Will you integrate well with the
staff? Will you mesh with co-workers? Are you a positive
person? Are you easy to get along with?, etc.
I remember times when a lot of staff members would talk
about the interviewee right after he left. They talked about
whether or not to hire him based on not his skills, but his
behavior, demeanor and likeability.
This ties in with the tip of: Be nice to everyone you see in the
office because they DO talk about you after you leave. The
secretary, the intern, etc,. they all chip in and can help make
or break you.
Try to avoid these types of mistakes and you shouldn’t fall
into the pool of college graduates who are having a hard
time finding a job after they graduate.

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