2 weeks ago, I promised a reader that I will give some advice on what to do after graduation and job interviews..
So here we go.. After 4-5 years of happy time..
You can get a job.
(p/s: this is not the only choice tho, will talk about alternative in the end of this post)
SEARCHING FOR A JOB
So how to start finding?
If you have a company you wish to join, you can send your resume and application letter to them. If you have a friend already working , you can ask them to help you to pass your resume. Do treat them a meal after that ya whether or not you got accepted.
You won’t lost a single hair by sending. It’s okay if you’re under qualified because it is them who decide that not you. Who knows they change their mind and need a fresh grad instead and they will contact you.
Do not expect direct feedback. Do give the company a buffer of at least a week time, then gave them a call and ask them about your application status. Don’t just sit there waiting aimlessly. Do search for more jobs, send more applications, attend job fairs etc.
PREPARE FOR INTERVIEW
If you got a call for an interview, do be prepare right away. If you do it last minute you will found out your shirt smells, shoes dirty, document missing, etc.. #truestory
Especially in stuff you have not done before.
Then again sometimes it’s okay to add a little salt and pepper in what you have done.
The interviewers are from different education backgrounds and some things that seems norm to them might not to you. If you say no directly, it seems like you do not listen to class or do not wish to learn but if you explain about your situation then it might appear some how better.
I’m not sure whether this will help you or not but hope it gives a little insight. Interview is all about presenting yourself positively. Even bad points about yourself but make it sounds like it’s a good way of bad. For example, my bad point is that I’m a perfectionist, I have this habit to make sure all my tasks are perfectly done. So I can be very picky on the small details.
It’s all about confidence. They won’t eat you. Sometimes they will asked about the projects or thesis you have done. It’s okay if you’re wrong but you think you’re right. As long as you answer them in confidence then okay already. (i think)
And keep an eye on your small movements like scratching your head, nose etc.. It shows uncertainty and lying. XD
If you have questions, ask them. And always show this feeling that you’re interested in working with them or in their company or the job offered.
who knows they might be able to see them.
Honestly, even tho I advised this way but I’m the honest type, I always ended up telling the truth. There’s once when the interviewer asked me whether I will go back to Borneo. I said yes. He said if there’s a better offer, I said I will still go back. He was a little back off and said he’s not interested in hiring short term employee.
But in the end, I worked longer than the guy he hired after that. lol XD
I mentioned I will talked about alternative choices. Well, beside looking for a job.
- You can actually go and request for a scholarship (if you have good grades and into further studies abroad). There are a few out there.
- Go for a working holiday aboard. Will need some cash for Visa, flight and some security purposes tho.
- Offer yourself as an intern for companies you are interested in or jobs that can offer you experience and skills that you will find useful. (Usually for those companies that do not want to hire anyone at that moment). The thing is, you will be working for free or at an intern rate. Then again, the experience and skills you gain will look good in your resume for next job.
- Join charity groups or NGO. WWF is a good choice coz the animals need you T3T
Anyway, no matter what you choice you made, welcome to the cruel world. XD Stay strong.
Anyone who have anything to add on. Tips on interview, job searching etc. Do comment down here and help our fresh grad friends here. ^^