It may be tempting to resist taking up employment which is not quite what you want in the hope that the “perfect job” will soon come your way. This might not be the best strategy, as employers often prefer somebody who is actually working, to one who is unemployed.
Employers prefer experience
Employers will almost always prefer the applicant who is already employed rather than the one who sits on the sidelines. So don’t be too picky. Even taking up a job that’s less than perfect will provide you with valuable work experience.
Extend your network
Networking can often be the best way to find suitable employment. Even a job that is not really just what you wanted will expose you to people who are in the field of your choice. Go out of your way to connect with them and this could give you a competitive edge over those who are just out of college.
Broaden your skills base
If you have just graduated, you may think that you have learnt everything that you need to know to begin the job you really want. In fact, the academic knowledge you have acquired is just a starting point. Learning never ends and whatever job you have now will be an opportunity for you to broaden your skills. Employers are looking for applicants with the right attitude as well as qualifications and being willing to learn is a quality which will be attractive to them.
Improve how you communicate
Communication skills are all important in any job. Employers are more likely to be interested in applicants who have already learned how to communicate effectively. The sort of communication skills acquired in a job can be different from what you learned in college. Every job gives you a chance to improve those job related communication skills.
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