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Students and jobs: mission impossible?

Maia Haas

Every year, many students are looking for a job whether it is seasonal or permanent. As a student, I know very well how difficult it can be to find a job and to get hired since we don’t have much professional experience. Employers are reluctant to hire students because they want experienced employees but it is a vicious circle: the more experience you have, the more chance you will have to get a job. But without experience you can’t be hired and you will never have experience.

As I have witnessed during my work experiences, the most suitable job for a student is a seasonal job. But sometimes even in this type of jobs, students have to deal with an obstacle which is getting an answer from the employers. Moreover, with the economic recession, students are more likely to be frustrated if they don’t find a job.

I know that this a real challenging time to be looking for a job and you may feel like you’ve already tried everything to find a position. Don’t worry, below are some tips that will help you improve your application.

First of all, you may have to change obvious things on your CV and on your cover letter. Avoid mistakes and take the time to read them again and again. Create a personalized CV which suits the job that you are applying for, even if it’s just a seasonal job. Practice your interview skills and register with recruitment agencies and online job sites, they will always give you the opportunity to find an interesting position.

Don’t wait for companies to answer you or to post their job offers on specialized job websites, take the initiative! Statistics show that around 80% of job offers are never advertised and those that are can attract hundreds of applications. Create a list of companies in which you are interested in and that might have relevant positions. Send your CV and a cover letter directly to the HR department or the person responsible of recruitment.

Distinguish yourself and be different from the other applicants. Your application must be unique. Depending on the type of job that you are applying for, you can personalize your CV. For example, if you apply for a position in a graphics company, you could add colours to your CV or create an interactive CV online to highlight your competences. Even if the company doesn’t have vacant positions for the moment, the aim is to get a foot in the door and to be invited for an interview.

What’s more, it is really important to pay attention to your profile on social media. Depending on the kind of work you’re looking for, there’s a good chance that a potential employer will use the internet to check your profile and see if you suit the requested position. So, try to do some research. It might feel a bit strange to google yourself, but the results of a personal Google search can sometimes be surprising and may include activity from other social media that could reveal some characteristics of your personality and habits.

If you’ve tried all of those without success then it may be time to consider a new approach. It may be that you are too ambitious or unqualified for this position. Always try to find something that matches your profile and education.

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