5 Easy Ways to Make Yourself Employable
Fresh out of college? Here’s how you can market yourself to potential employersUpdated: May 11, 2011 09:23 IST
Let’s face it. It is difficult to land your dream job fresh out of college. But here are some easy steps to get ahead in the game.
1 Identify positions that are most suited to your profile: Make a list of things you are good at, dig into all experiences big or small you have had in the past – internships, summer jobs, etc. and make each of them count. Introspect and identify positions that are best suited for your skill sets, interests and demeanour.
2 Build a network of people who can guide you: Listing your profile in job portals is not the only way to get a job. Build a network of people who can lead you to possible paid internships or relevant positions. Do not hesitate to approach your mentors, seniors in college who are working, or even your parent’s friends for advice. Discuss your interests with them and how best to make inroads into your preferred area of work.
3 Use social media to market yourself: Do you have a LinkedIn account? If not, create one and fill in the relevant information on not only your education, internships and work experience, but also your interests. Learn how to use Facebook cleverly. Believe it or not there have been instances where candidates have been offered employment because of their Facebook profiles and content they posted.
4 Prepare a resume that is targeted, not generic : Do you go to a hardware store for your grocery needs? Employers have little patience for information that is not relevant to the position. When applying to a marketing role, highlight your communication skills, presentation skills, people skills, relevant experience rather than focus on computing skills.
5 Hone your interview skills: Spend time doing some research on the company you are interviewing with. Request a friend or a mentor to help you rehearse with a set of mock-interview questions. Ask for feedback on your posture, voice modulation, level of confidence and work on them.
The author is director of student advising and content development at Gurome. For further advise, please post your queries at www.facebook.com/Gurome