Every new graduate faces challenges in their day to day job search activities, a few things missing here and there, a day too long than the previous. All in all one should understand that these are normal, and below are some reasons things might be a bit tough,
1. Very high expectations
It’s good to maintain positivity when looking for a job but having very high expectations might just crush that. Having a degree is fine, but remember there are other graduates too, who probably have even more qualifications than you. The best thing you can do is to be fully prepared, keep an open mind and give all relevant opportunities in your field a chance.
2. Lack of 'Real World' Experience
Most graduates are met with shock as things are different when it comes to the world of work. Most companies usually look for “work experience” when hiring, hence eliminating graduates who didn’t go for internships or any other work experience at all. Internships help you get the "real world" work experience. You get to acquire important skills such as communication, teamwork and the ability to work under pressure. Sharpening these skills can boost job prospects.
3. Extended unpaid internships
This is one of the main challenges graduates face. Internships are very helpful, but when they are extended and go unrewarded, they become a great challenge. It can be tough for a new graduate to commute daily to work and cater to his/her expenses. This can lead to poor results at the office and also cause a lack of motivation/purpose. You can do that internship for a few months that you can manage, when it gets to the wire, you can throw in the towel and start looking for a salaried job.
4. Salary satisfaction
This might not look like a challenge at first but it is. Most graduates who have limited experience will probably over quote expecting to have a first job with a six-figure starting package. One should research on entry-level salaries for their respective fields before stepping into an interview.
5. Impressive resumés
Resume also known as curriculum vitae (CV) are the most important piece when it comes to getting a job. Yes, everyone can write one but not everyone will impress with one. A graduate should take their time when they are writing their resume. Explaining clearly what they are good at and what they can improve on.
This point is the most emphasized in all areas. Research is as important as a good CV. You might have the best CV in the world but if you do not know anything about the company you are going to work for, it won’t help you. Spend a few hours a day researching on the target company, find out what they do, when did they start, what is their journey, such things. Employers are always impressed by such actions.
In conclusion, while all the above are happening to graduates and interns, it’s always good to be prepared and be ready to compromise a few things for the greater good. That being, getting your dream job.