August 22, 2014
Article by Global Pre-Meds
Hospital doctor shadowing & global health experience programs.
Despite the shortage of healthcare staff, the job market for new grads can be extremely tough to break and this is mainly because all employers are looking to hire someone with a little more experience. The good news on this front however, is that it may be difficult but it is not impossible. If you want to start working immediately after graduation, here are a few tips that will help you:
Start As Early as Possible
Don’t hold your job searches off till the last month of graduate school. It often takes a few months to apply to every possible opening and very often, there tend to be major gaps between sending the application and the company deciding whether they want to hire you. The HR department will first peruse all of the applications they receive and shortlist a few before sending it for a second tier shortlisting where another set of individuals will further cull the list. All of this takes time. With that in mind, it is a good idea to keep your CV ready as early as possible and apply for jobs whenever you come across the opportunity. The earlier you start the better your chances of having a job waiting for you after you graduate.
Track Your Application
Some institutions may have very efficient HR departments and they may get back to you with an answer immediately. However, some do not get back and people are often too nervous to call and find out the status of their application. The truth is, it is good to follow-up on your application if the institution hasn’t replied to you for a couple of weeks. Think about it, if there is a chance of you getting hired, it’s better to find out from them. And if they aren’t going to hire you anyway, you may as well find out so you don’t sit and hope for a reply.
Very often, the best way to get a job is through people you know. It’s not just that they will put in a good word for you but they may also be aware of vacancies that would never otherwise have gotten to know of. Remember that all openings are not advertised and networking is the best way to know when there may be an opening for you. This is one of the reasons why the more you expand your networking circle, the more opportunities that are likely to come your way.
Keep An Open Mind
You have to remember that the job market is tough and you are just graduating without any prior experience in the field. This means that in all likelihood you will not be able to get your dream job immediately. Accept that fact and just send in your applications to any opening that you know of and even apply to those places that are not hiring immediately. Apply everywhere! Don’t stick only to places that are very convenient for you or to those places that have advertised. Be open to relocating anywhere, working graveyard shifts or doing tasks that may not be up your alley. The first job is often the toughest but with a little perseverance you will be able to get that all-important experience that all employers look for. It will just be a matter of time before you eventually do get the job of your dream.