Getting a job right after you graduate from college might get pretty difficult, especially if there’s no placement policy in your college. Sometimes it may be the student’s or the candidate’s fault, that they might be ill-prepared or have not prepared enough, or maybe just that they might not have a proper resume which is why they are getting rejected constantly or not getting accepted at all in the first place. This article will talk about why it is hard to find a job if you have zero experience and further discuss ideas on how you can get one as a prospective category.
Usually, graduates tend to accept the first job offer that they get, not thinking of what the consequences could be and how it would affect their future. They work there for some time, after which they quit, or they work some places as an intern first to make a better resume to present before a potential job recruiter.
Why is it hard to get a job?
- No Skillset: One of the major reasons why an individual finds it hard to get a job is that they may not have a proper skill set or are applying for a job that does not much value their skill set because of differences. This leads to a definite gap between the employer and the candidate.
- Another sub-category in the same inconsequence is that the individual might not be the best at school in terms of academic performance and co-curricular activities. However, this is not a major reason for the individual not getting a job; the main point is that they have no real achievements, and it gets difficult for them to end up with a Good-Enough job.
- Little or no work experience: Another reason for not getting a job is that the candidate is an amateur and must have very little or no work experience. Usually, schools and colleges constantly conduct activities and workshops for students to participate in. However, all students do not participate in these competitions, and they miss out on work experience in the process, which costs them their jobs. This is an important recruitment criterion in the recruitment process, and most students fail to realize this until it gets too late.
- Communication Skills: As previously mentioned, colleges and schools offer workshops, internships, and competitions for students to enhance their skills; one of the many upsides of these workshops and internships is the fact that the individuals attending them get to learn communication skills, which is one of the main and majorly sought after skills in candidates. Suppose a person cannot hold a formal or informal conversation with a person or people on the other side. In that case, there is a lack of communication, i.e., there is a gap in the latter, and the chances are that the candidate doesn’t get the job just because of this.
- Networking: You must be familiar with Model United Nations, MUNS that used to or must have been held in your school or college or at the university level. MUNS helps in overall skill development; it helps students learn communication skills and problem-solving, debating, public speaking, and networking. These are the kinds of skills that interviewers seek in a job interview. These are also basic prowesses that can be learned without attending MUNS and simply by participating in competitions (inter and intra school or college likewise).
- If you cannot grasp this, networking becomes very difficult in the job, and you are immediately rejected for the same.
- Networking is one of the major activities that happen in almost every job and is extremely important to grasp.
- Uncertainty with Major: Students can be pretty skeptical in their lives and especially in their adolescence. These young adults sometimes can be in a very complex situation in their lives where they are standing in two places at one time, in terms of career choices and otherwise. The sophomores are usually expected to decide where they stand and what they would like to take up as a major in their senior year. This could be a tough call to make because most of these individuals do not seem to have a plan, and choosing one major simply stresses them out even more. Having an uncertain idea about what you aspire to do in life can sometimes hold you back from doing things you could have otherwise prospered at.
- Competition: The final and last and one of the most uncontrollable reasons for individuals with no experience to not get a job easily is the extensive competition in the world. The competitive nature of the recruitment processes is because of the vast population. There are enough jobs for every person. However, these jobs are not always what an individual would want to pursue. The educational levels do not match the job description because they are extremely superior or not good enough.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q1. Is it alright to ask a recruiter why I didn’t qualify for a job?
A1. You might face situations in life where you might have felt like you did great at a job interview and all the other processes of recruitment; however, you still did not end up with a job, and it is totally fine to ask your recruiters about why you didn’t get the job. (bottom line), it might even be a good decision. You might want to send a polite email to the hiring manager asking them to list down reasons and tell them you’d like to improve on that for your future interviews. If the hiring manager turns out to be helpful and courteous enough, they will answer back.
Usually, hiring managers do answer back, and they list the reasons why you lost the job to someone who might have done just one thing more differently than you did, this they do because they wish for you to do better in life, but this is not the case with all companies, some companies don’t even care to check your emails once you’re rejected so don’t keep your hopes up in matters like these and carry on with your preparation with other job applications and interviews, you cannot afford to waste time waiting for such replies.
Q2. What time can I expect a call for a job offer?
A2. Hiring managers usually have an incredible amount of work on their plate, especially during the recruitment season. Therefore, you need to know when exactly you can expect a job offer call, just in case you don’t miss any updates on your part.
Tuesdays are usually those days of the week when you can expect a call, Mondays, no-so-much because Monday being the first day of the week can be quite exhausting and are avoided for sending emails to potential employees. The time which you could expect your call could be in the evenings, at around 6 pm – 7 pm. There’s a reason behind that as well, here’s why. 6 -7 pm is the time when most people are done with their day’s work and are probably home, relaxing. A job offer is sent in at that time so that they get a fair night’s sleep to their offer over and pen an acceptance or declining letter the next morning itself so that when they get to work the next day and check their daily mails, they’re informed about whatever your decision is.
Q3. If I get rejected in an interview, should I request another chance at it?
A3. If you feel like you did not give your best at an interview and deserve another chance at redemption, it would be a good idea and an ideal one to ask the hiring managers for another chance to prove yourself. It is said that honesty is the best policy, and that holds good for a reason. So, be honest to your interviewers about why you could not give your best at that particular interviewer and that another chance at proving yourself would genuinely mean a lot to you. They might have a change of heart and reconsider a situation that is completely up to your luck now. But, the point that matters is that you won’t regret not trying just one more time. And, it’s okay if they reject your request; you can always apply to better places; the chances are that you end up with a better job than the previous one if you do have it in you. And make sure you keep in mind the mistakes that you made in your previous interviewer. Mistakes happen once; if you repeat it, you’re going to lose too much.