Getting a job as a fresher is one tough job in itself. Recent graduates and the ones about to complete their degrees know the pressure and stress very well. However, searching for fresher job openings is difficult in itself. And for the regular jobs, being a fresher becomes an obstacle in itself. Thus, many are known to initiate their careers with low-paying and non-standard jobs and hamper their growth in the beginning itself.
The race to get hold of a job as a fresher poses certain difficulties owing to the requirements of the employer and the job along with the advantageous candidature of experienced applicants. The exact problems faced by a fresher in their job search are: one, lack of experience; two, untested skills and performance; three, lack of referrals and strong network; four, lack of presentation and interpersonal skills. These are the four dominant factors affecting a fresher’s job search.
Here, we will tackle the first three, while we prepare a comprehensive plan for the fourth. The best ways to get ahead of the competition as a fresher is to gain some industrial experience, provable skills, and/or have people who can vouch for you. So, here are the ways in which one or more of these can be achieved:
Internships: Internships, especially paid, in an industry relevant organization can get you the opportunity to show your prowess, learn enough about the work, and deliver certain results. Also, it is the safest way to network with experts and professionals in the industry. Some of them may even guide you all the way to refer you to good opportunities among their contacts and based on their reputation. A good performance during the internship will fetch the (much required) validity for your capabilities. Thus, an internship will get you to Network and in addition, can add experience and performance to your profile.
Freelancing: One of the greatest opportunity of present times, freelancing inside or beyond your industry will help you gain (responsibility based) work experience and network among individuals at different levels. Also, the results, performance, and learning are much more widely accepted. Working on multiple projects and tasks also help pick up new relevant skills. Many individuals actively freelance and network throughout professional lives for these reasons among others. It also provides financial security and even enhances interpersonal skills.
Certification Courses: Industrial-academic course works have always been a great way to enhance profiles, opening targeted job prospects through certification courses. While most certification courses are pursued alongside work experience, some newer courses have opened new windows of opportunities for freshers, all the way to providing placement too. Big Data Certification and other Data Science related courses are a prime example of such industrial courses. Also, most courses have industrial training as a part of academics which adds to experience and performance reports.
We have been actively looking into the fresher job search and its challenges. Apart from this, a focus on a good presentation on the resume and interpersonal skills in the interview have been of major importance in case of freshers. Also, while conducting your job search, it is important to be careful of malpractices by fake, unprofessional, and unethical people. Job search is often more tedious and tiring than the jobs themselves and it is easy to lose confidence and energy. But persistence and patience is the key to a healthy professional life, even before it begins!