Are you a freshly graduate looking for job? Well, welcome to the jungle, as you probably are facing the general opinion that in today’s market, with the economy looking like it does and unemployment threatening even the experienced ones, your chances of ending up in some joint flipping burgers are higher than getting a job in the field you prepared for in college. Then, there are tons and tons of written and video materials on how to write or vamp your CV, what to say at the interview, if you’re called in for questioning, what not to ask, how to dress and how your pre-made speech should sound to impress the manager or the HR representative. A lot of lessons to be learned, a lot of steps to go through, a lot of mistakes to avoid. Besides the mistakes that indeed should be kept to a minimum, let’s take a look today over some preconceptions that revolve around job finding and see what fresh graduates can do for avoiding hiring preconceptions.
1. It is useless to send a CV if you don’t exactly match the required profile
Let’s get one thing straight: if the job announcement for an entry-level job requires software programming skills or knowledge and you graduated something that has to do with arts, it’s probably useless to send your CV. But if there are some matches between your CV and the job requirements, send it with confidence. Managers know they won’t find the 100% matching candidate for the job they offer and they are also oriented less on what is written on your diploma and more on your talents and skills and past results you can highlight in the CV. Sending random CV to whatever job is out there is a waste of your time and the one of recruiters’, but it is recommended to be pro-active and send your resume to companies offering interesting positions which don’t mandate you have the experience of an executive.
2. It is alright to lie about my skills level in the CV because everybody does it
Remember that we live in a competitive world with less and less room for mistakes. If a job requires you having skills in a foreign language, don’t write in the CV that you master it, when all you know are a few words in that language you learned from movies or music. This is one of the easiest skills to test, and in order to save time, some recruiters will test it during the phone call they’ll give you for setting an interview meeting. Also, don’t exaggerate with other required skills and don’t write down in the CV projects and results you think sound good but can’t be verified. Since references and endorsements have high value in recruitment nowadays, you can be easily background checked and you will lose all credibility if they find out that your CV doesn’t match the reality.
3. Nobody hires people without experience
Avoiding hiring preconceptions should start with this one: managers indeed want people with knowledge and previous experience and some are reluctant in hiring newbies who need a lot of training and time to actually perform on the job. On the other hand, many managers understand that if you just graduated, you will need the time and the training and will offer them to you. However, to actually improve your chances, you should show off with past projects and their results, talents you have and the way they helped you, special abilities that might become the exact leverage you need to get that job. If you went through college, you know what team – project means, you understand deadlines and achieving goals, you know about dedication to a personal project and so on. These may be the talents a manager is looking for, beyond your academic knowledge and skills that you supposedly acquired during college.
It is not easy nowadays to find the job of your dreams, the internship to propel your career or the company to pamper you and promote you like a rock star. But avoiding hiring preconceptions (and they are many, on both sides) may help a young starting professional to find the right path to build a future career and a manager to find a future asset for the company, even if the freshly graduate still has a lot to learn.