By Goretti Kimani
Landing a job has never been an easy task for anyone. For the fresh job seeker job hunt can be a real nightmare. The fresh graduate faces a host of limitations such as naivety, inexperience, poor market knowledge and inappropriate judgment among others.
Faced with these handicaps many people tend to lose hope, cede control and let things roll. This is a self-defeatist mentality that should be avoided at all costs.
You can never change the world, nor can you change some facts about yourself in the past or present. However you can chose to play the game with inspiration, optimism and hope.
Research has shown that people who articulate their goals and objectives clearly get much further than those who let just things happen. If you don’t know how to do this, you can always consult a professional career coach or role model. As the saying goes, if you don’t know where you are going, any route will get you there.
Aim to beat the you-have-no-experience nightmare. Do not wait until you graduate to look for work. Get internships every school holiday, evenings or weekends. Volunteer in your church or community but don’t idle away. Always get some written acknowledgement before leaving. By the time you graduate you will have some reasonable work mileage behind you, and this is a great asset in your CV
Being positive in life is not an option. There is tonnes of material available for positive nourishment. Do not spend all your time on the social media or with friends. Rather invest in good books and audio visual materials that strengthen your resolve to fight for your own success. Learn to identify and isolate the things you would rather not have in your life, including mediocrity and hopelessness!
When it comes to job interviews always do your homework well. Learn all you can about the most common interview questions and the right answers. Work on mastering the art of good communication, people skills and the choice of dressing and personal presentation.
You should also be conscious of the negative impact of stress and tension in your life. A well trained soldier is never afraid of war. If you take charge of your job search and are well prepared, stress will naturally disappear from the equation.
Be on a continuous learning curve. Contention is a lazy minded attitude to life and should never be an option. Every day is a learning session. A lifetime of wisdom is the sum total of the many bits and pieces of wisdom gained every day. Lastly keep clean. Avoid bad company in the name of people and substances that are likely to ruin your chances.
—The writer is a human resources specialist with Peoplelink Consultants Ltd.