Job Search 101

Done with your studies? Now it’s time to look for a new job. gradmalaysia helps you find a way around some common (but costly) job-searching mistakes.
Jaideep Patel
Writer, gradmalaysia.com

Ah. You’re done with uni, and now you’re stepping out into the world. It can all seem a little overwhelming: browsing through job ads, sending applications to recruiters, sitting for interviews, accepting rejections. It’s all part and parcel of the job search.

But before you decide to crawl under the covers to cry, read on to find out how you can avoid some common (but costly) mistakes.

Do Not… 

Make A Mistake In Your Résumé

This is a big no-no. Always check your spelling and grammar! There are so many free online tools (such as Grammarly) to help you keep your résumé and cover letter clean. Recruiters are faced with hundreds of job applications each week (sometimes, each day!) so silly mistakes will put them off.

If you want to be the standout candidate, start with keeping your applications clean. Your future self will thank you for it!

Sound Desperate

But I am desperate, you say. Look, everyone has bills to pay and mouths to feed. This shouldn’t be a reason for you to want to accept a job offer. Plus, recruiters have heard this story countless times before. Employers want employees who can keep a cool head in tough times, so show them what you’ve got in terms of your skills and experience.

Oh, and never accept a job out of desperation e.g. only for money, because you deserve an opportunity that can help you grow as a professional. Keep in mind some of the other factors for accepting a job offer e.g. friendly work environment, training/upskilling opportunities, interesting daily tasks, etc.

Depend On Just One Platform

There are dozens of job sites these days (if you also take into account company job portals and social media sites that promote jobs e.g. LinkedIn and sometimes also Facebook). So don’t limit yourself to just one or two platforms.

This does not mean sending out as many applications as you can, with the hopes of getting callbacks from recruiters. This means taking a more active role in your job search. Find out the companies you would like to work for. Then find out if they have any suitable positions for you. The next logical step? Find out where you can reach out to the recruiters.

Hint: Recruiters love hanging out on LinkedIn. You’re welcome.

Whether you’re feeling the stress of the job hunt or not, you should always be proactive in the search for opportunities. And the best way is to not mess up the basics.

All the best!