You have finished NYSC. What next?
If you just finished your NYSC program and haven’t landed your first entry-level job yet, don’t panic.
NYSC graduation often comes with a mixed emotion. On one hand, you're excited to close this chapter and move on to the next in the “real world.” But on the other hand, you know this major change comes with a lot of uncertainty — and with that, anxiety. This is especially true if you find yourself unemployed and still searching for an entry-level job.
Below are some tips to help you take advantage of this favorable job market to land your first entry-level job after college graduation.
Come up with a job-search game plan
You should have started this when during service but if you haven’t, it’s still not late. As French writer, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, once said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Simply saying “I want a job” won't help you accomplish your career goals. You need to make a solid plan to keep your job search on track. For instance, you can utilize already existing job platforms like linkedin, www.firstleveljobs.com (The only website in Nigeria that posts Recent Graduate Jobs) and other popular job platforms.
Don't be afraid to intern
If you're having trouble breaking into your desired field, be willing to pursue an administrative or customer support role, or even an unpaid internship, to get your foot in the door. Many “entry-level” jobs today require one or more years of relevant experience. If you didn't intern during college to gain the prerequisite experience, you are at a disadvantage when competing for an entry-level job. Experience is key!
Is your CV Catchy?
As an entry-level job seeker, you're expected to have a one-page resume. Remove any references to your high school career and focus on highlighting your best selling points, such as your education, leadership skills, internship experience, and any awards you achieved during your undergraduate days. You can build your first CV template using the link http://www.firstleveljobs.com/pages/build-cv
Clean up your social media habits
According to a study by Jobvite, 93 percent of employers will search for your social media profiles before deciding if they should interview you. Make sure your online presence isn't sabotaging your job search by auditing your online brand to see if your social media profiles are unintentionally raising red flags for employers.
If you have any personal social media accounts you don't want employers to associate with your candidacy, now's the time to increase the security settings and change the usernames to a nickname so you're confident your private accounts are well-hidden from recruiters. Also, set up a professional LinkedIn profile to advertise your candidacy to employers.
Network like it's your job (because it is)
Studies find that you're 10 times more likely to land a job when your application is accompanied by an employee referral. However, you can't get those coveted references without networking. Make it your mission to become an active networker. Build a valuable professional network by getting involved in your alma mater's alumni events, joining relevant LinkedIn groups online and finding face-to-face networking opportunities through relevant Meetup groups, professional association, and trade shows and conferences.
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Compiled by: Nwezi Kingsley
Co-founder First Level Jobs