The post-grad job hunt has always been proposed as a race to success. Even in these trying times, the LinkedIn homepage is mercilessly updating us on how everyone seems to be thriving in employment but you. Yet, it’s essential to remember that, right now, this is not the case with every graduate. No one is posting ‘still unemployed’ or a screenshot of their 60th rejection email, so don’t let it get to your mental well-being. Find here 5 tips on how to go ahead with your job hunt with a clear mind:

Take a breather

Consider this article as a well-deserved reminder to take a step back and to look at the bigger picture. You’re on the job hunt not only in a pandemic but also in a recession. Whilst this is a large hump on your path to your career goals, it’s also a given time to expand your skills, find yourself and realize exactly what career you would like to take on.

Plan ahead

Organize yourself and schedule a time for your job search. The job hunt is a lot of mental stress and work, and by dedicating a certain time of your day to work on your resume and applications your workflow will become more productive and efficient. 

Expand your skills

Think about taking on an internship or doing some volunteering with an organization that fits your interests and goals. Take online courses and workshops to build certain skills that you regularly see as requirements in job applications. These sorts of additions will add a sparkle to your resume like no other.

 Many industries also require specific certifications for employment, such as project management, human resources, or IT, so obtaining certifications can also significantly enhance your resume and set you apart from other job applicants. One such certification that is becoming increasingly popular in the financial industry is the Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam. This exam covers various topics related to the securities industry, including regulatory agencies, products and their risks, and market functions.  If you are wondering how long it takes to study for the SIE exam, it can vary based on individual learning styles and prior knowledge, but on average, it takes about 80-100 hours of studying to prepare for the exam.

Ask for some advice

Whilst LinkedIn can seem like a space full of people boasting about their achievements, it is truly the best place to start networking from home. But here’s the thing: you don’t need to sell yourself as the best candidate ever from the start. A lot of professionals would be happier to help someone aspiring to be them than someone sounding like their plan is to kick them out of their job. Get to know the people you’d like to work with and build a relationship based on your admiration for their work and ask for some tips and advice.

Look for a temporary job

With a challenging job market, it’s realistic to admit that applying for jobs will be an unforgiving experience. However, don’t underestimate the soft skills you can pick up from jobs that don’t require that degree or experience you may have. The fact that you have picked yourself up and pushed through, considering the circumstances, is good proof of your strong and passionate character and is nothing to be ashamed of. Ultimately, it’s these jobs that weren’t in the career plan that push you further to realize your goals and achieve them when your time comes.

Published by HOLR Magazine.