If you, like me, were not employed full time (or in any sense) in the industry for which you were studying, for an unknown period of time into the future, you’re going to be doing the tedious work of applying for jobs. At least uni work stimulated the brain!
It takes a certain level of resilience at times, especially where due to the nature of the recruitment industry for many applications you will not hear anything back. In fact, many job adverts explicitly state ‘only shortlisted candidates will be contacted’.
How are you supposed to know if you’re on the right track without any feedback? Putting yourself out there, customising cover letters, completing questions and web applications – it can certainly feel like you have to jump through hoops just to get a chance to progress to an interview.
I was fortunate enough to see a job advert for a ‘job audition’. It presented the opportunity to be in front of potential employers after completing a survey with the other applicants, which fostered sharing of stories in the job search, and a relaxed environment in which to be yourself and shine naturally, rather than on paper.
GWS Professional Services is holding our first annual Create Your Career Friyay event in a few weeks. If you are in graduation limbo and looking for some motivation and inspiration, as well as a head start on being part of a job audition to be held in May, we hope to see you on March 23rd – click here for more details.