So, you’ve finally left university after years of lectures, exams and annoying classmates. Everything seems so exciting now that you’re ready to start looking for that dream job, rubbing your hands gleefully in anticipation of that first pay check.
But wait. Are you really ready?
In most cases, the answer is no. Many Malaysian graduates make the same old mistakes when they start job-hunting. While it may seem obvious to some, these mistakes are costly to those who are not aware of them. In most cases, not being aware of these blunders can deny job seekers from landing good career opportunities – which may come few and far in between.
So before you send your job applications, be sure to get rid of these 10 terrible habits first!
Terrible Habit #1:
Not checking your email regularly
Terrible Habit #2:
Ignoring phone calls from recruiters
Terrible Habit #3:
Forgetting you even applied for the job in the first place
Terrible Habit #4:
Not researching employers before applying for jobs
Terrible Habit #5:
Cancelling interviews at the last minute
Terrible Habit #6:
Sending countless applications without following up
Terrible Habit #7:
Waiting to see where your friends go before making your move
Terrible Habit #8:
Taking your time to decide what you want to do after you graduate
Terrible Habit #9:
Expecting your university to help you find your dream job
Terrible Habit #10:
Demanding a high starting salary without finding out the market average
If you feel that you have some (hopefully not all!) of the habits listed above, you can do a few things to prepare yourself for the job market.
Pick up new skills
You may need to wait a while for the right opportunity to finally come your way. Having your applications rejected is commonplace, but there is more to it than sulking. Spend the time learning a new skill. It can even be a new language, or acquiring hard skills. Either way, having additional skills may come in handy: employers will appreciate the value you can add to their organisation.
Work for free (or hire yourself!)
There is nothing wrong with volunteering for a cause, or starting your own business, while you wait for full-time employment. You can even work part-time, or take on a freelance project. All of these can be valuable additions to your résumé; even if your option is starting a small business and being your own boss for a while.