Graduate employment: a new kind of life.

By: John Bult
There such a differencebetween the old life as "just another student" and theproposed new life as a graduate employee.for example, in your "old"life you may have been able to attend morning lectures looking blearyeyed, perhaps with a hangover from the night before, but if you allowyourself to do this sort of thing when you are attending interviewsfor graduate employment, orworse still when you are actually in graduate employment,it is much more likely to lead to problems.

It would not be beyond thebounds of possibility, of course, to simply "mask" any suchundesirable indicators for the hour or so of the face-to-faceinterview, in an attempt to get the job. But then, if the tacticworks, when you actually start the job your employer would haveexpectations that you would continue to behave according to the"mask" worn at your interview for your graduateemployment.

Whatall this is getting around to saying , I guess, is that if you wantto start a career in graduate employment,andyou have the classical student image, you would be welladvised to have to think about abandoning that image. That imagemanifests itself in a variety of ways, but just to get your thinkingstarted, how about ...

  • Dowhatever it takes to make sure that you are fresh and alert in themornings. If you have been used to keeping unusual hours, and latenight partying, then try to start getting used to sleeping "normal"hours.

  • Review your clothingsituation, and if you don't already have some "professionallooking" clothes, it could well be worth buying some andgetting used to wearing them before your graduate employmentinterviews

As the end of yourundergraduate days approaches, and your mind naturally turns towardsstarting to look for your first graduate employment there willbe two main places to be looking for adverts for graduate vacancies.The traditional source, of course, would be the traditional media(i.e. newspapers and magazines) whilst the more modern source wouldbe the Internet jobs boards.

Whilst realising that itwould be only natural for every young graduate to be hoping to findthat perfect vacancy, there is some merit in being flexible, inkeeping an open mind. Jobs-for-life are very much a thing ofthe past these days, and however ideal that first job might be it isstatistically likely that you will soon be moving on for a promotionto the second rung on the ladder of yourgraduate employment.

Then, there is yet anotherway of approaching graduate employment; it does not suiteverybody, but it is called the pro-active approach. In effect,rather than waiting for an employer to approach you by advertising ajob, you could approach selected employers by (effectively)advertising yourself.

The first stage of thisprocess would be to thoroughly research a number of companies who do,on occasions, have graduate employment vacancies, and whomight be interested in your likely area of expertise. You could startbe studying their web-sites, and follow on from there. But it woulddefinitely not be a good idea to inappropriately "spam"companies.

Then, having found out asmuch as possible about a company, send them a carefully designedexploratory letter, and a copy of your CV. Get professional help inpreparing these, if you feel that you may need it, and always try tosend them to a named person at the company (whoever would beresponsible for graduate employment). Then, after a week orso, if you haven't heard anything, it would be time to telephone thatnamed person purportedly to answer any questions arising.

If the sort of graduateemployment that you are seeking requires initiative, or has anykind of sales/marketing slantFree Web Content, this kind of approach might well standyou in good stead.

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