How to make it af­ter grad­u­at­ing

Kuwait Times - - Business -

Are you an am­bi­tious fresh grad­u­ate who is look­ing to get em­ployed, but don’t re­ally know how? How do you get started? There’s an end­less amount of in­for­ma­tion on­line, and ev­ery­one’s telling you dif­fer­ent things. Who do you lis­ten to?

Job hunt­ing can be per­ceived as a daunt­ing task by many grad­u­ates, es­pe­cially those who don’t have any work ex­pe­ri­ence. Not to worry, ex­perts at are here to help with this de­tailed ar­ti­cle to help pave the way for you to land a good job and kick-start your ca­reer.

What kind of jobs are avail­able for fresh grad­u­ates? When it comes to high rank­ing job roles, it might be quite rare for com­pa­nies to hire fresh grad­u­ates who lack any kind of work ex­pe­ri­ence, as they might be too in­com­pe­tent to meet the job re­quire­ments. Don’t waste your time and ef­fort on ap­ply­ing to jobs that you know are way out of your skill reach. There is no prob­lem in aim­ing high and be­ing am­bi­tious, but you need to know your ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

How­ever, many com­pa­nies are still very much in­ter­ested in new grad­u­ates. They like to tap into the fresh in­no­va­tive ideas, new tal­ent and up­dated knowl­edge that fresh grad­u­ates can bring with them into the com­pany, where they can then be trained up for more se­nior level and chal­leng­ing roles.

The main types of job roles that com­pa­nies of­fer new grad­u­ates are of­ten la­belled as “en­try level” or “ju­nior level” roles. They may also be cat­e­go­rized un­der dif­fer­ent pro­grams such as Grad­u­ate Pro­grams, In­tern­ships, Train­ing Schemes and Ju­nior Tal­ent Pro­grams. These types of jobs pro­vide fresh grad­u­ates with the op­por­tu­nity to reach their full po­ten­tial and de­velop, as they are usu­ally sup­ported by the hir­ing com­pany through sys­tem­atic train­ing and men­tor­ing.

How to find en­try/ju­nior level jobs?

In or­der for you to find and se­cure the right job that best suits you, you will need to ap­proach your job search the right way. Firstly, you will need to de­cide on what type of job that best in­ter­ests you and com­pare it with your ca­reer ob­jec­tives, in or­der for you to see if they are com­pat­i­ble. For ex­am­ple, let’s say that you are in­ter­ested in start­ing your ca­reer with an in­tern­ship, you will need to dig deep and ask your­self some ques­tions be­fore ap­ply­ing, such as “Is it the type of work ex­pe­ri­ence that I am look­ing for?” “Do I want to test out this ca­reer path or am I aim­ing to de­velop cer­tain skills such as data anal­y­sis?” “When will I be able to start?”

Don’t for­get to also ex­am­ine the na­ture of the job, the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, the in­dus­try, and the com­pany it­self, to en­sure they are well-aligned with what you like to do.

Now for the search­ing part:

* Net­work

As a fresh grad­u­ate, you might sup­pose that you don’t have many con­tacts, but that’s just a mis­con­cep­tion that many grad­u­ates have. Your friends and fam­ily can def­i­nitely act as con­tacts within your net­work, so you should con­sider in­form­ing them that you are ac­tively search­ing for a job. They might per­son­ally know of an op­por­tu­nity that is right for you, or even con­nect you with their con­tacts.

But in or­der to take things to the next step, con­sider be­ing very ac­tive and vis­i­ble on and the var­i­ous off­line and on­line net­work­ing plat­forms you can ac­cess. Al­ways en­sure you are build­ing your per­sonal brand; which is what makes you unique as a job seeker and is pow­ered by your achieve­ments, ac­tiv­i­ties, and net­work.

Thank­fully, through “ Peo­ple” you can build your pro­fes­sional net­work in the Mid­dle East, where you can search and con­nect with peo­ple who share your in­ter­ests.

* On­line

Sign up on and be the first to hear about new job op­por­tu­ni­ties. pro­vides job seek­ers with the abil­ity to browse through thou­sands of jobs within the MENA re­gion. Also, of­fers job seek­ers with “Job Search Strat­egy Work­shops” and var­i­ous tools and re­sources that can help you in search­ing, iden­ti­fy­ing and ap­ply­ing for the jobs that best fit you.

* Build your strat­egy

Be­sides ap­ply­ing for what in­ter­ests you from the 10,000+ jobs that are avail­able daily on, you should con­sider do­ing the fol­low­ing:

1) Keep your pro­file com­plete, fresh, and rel­e­vant on Many com­pa­nies search for can­di­dates with­out al­ways post­ing an an­nounce­ment. So be pre­pared for that phone call.

2) Ap­ply to com­pa­nies us­ing a spec­u­la­tive ap­proach, where you’ll need to proac­tively con­tact po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers and ask if they have any un­ad­ver­tised op­por­tu­ni­ties. This is also where you use the power of net­work­ing and per­sonal brand­ing on­line.

Make your CV stand out

Your CV is one of the first ways to make a good first im­pres­sion to your po­ten­tial em­ployer, there­fore, it is of ex­treme im­por­tance for you to write and struc­ture it in the best way pos­si­ble.

* Writ­ing your CV

Your CV has to be writ­ten and struc­tured in a cer­tain way so that it can ef­fec­tively high­light your qual­i­fi­ca­tions and skills that are ap­pro­pri­ate for the job you are ap­ply­ing for. As a fresh grad­u­ate with no work ex­pe­ri­ence, you prob­a­bly need a bit of guid­ance on writ­ing a sound CV. Thank­fully, of­fers var­i­ous CV writ­ing ser­vices that fresh grad­u­ates can take ad­van­tage of such as CV Writ­ing Sup­port, CV Writ­ing Ser­vice, and CV Tem­plates.

* De­velop your skillset and qual­i­fi­ca­tions

As you don’t have any work ex­pe­ri­ence, you should em­pha­size on your skills and qual­i­fi­ca­tions, and try your best to fur­ther en­hance them. Ev­ery­one knows how com­pet­i­tive the job mar­ket can get. So, you will need to im­press re­cruiters with skills and qual­i­fi­ca­tions that they are look­ing for such as ac­count­ing, an­a­lyt­i­cal think­ing, time man­age­ment, project man­age­ment and pre­sen­ta­tion skills. You can do this by us­ing’s learn­ing ser­vices such as on­line cour­ses and train­ing cour­ses.

Fi­nally, you must be com­fort­able with the fact that not all job ap­pli­ca­tions are suc­cess­ful. If you were not se­lected for a job role, that def­i­nitely doesn’t mean you are in­com­pe­tent or that you don’t have what it takes. Don’t let self-doubt shat­ter your con­fi­dence and re­silience. Be­lieve in your­self. No mat­ter what.

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