Margaret Hovhanessian is a Master student in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Jönköping University, Sweden. She shared with Real World her views on how to build careers online. Enjoy the read!
With everyone going to Universities all around the globe, many undergraduate and graduate students are impatiently searching for jobs after graduation. It is a known fact that competition for finding employment around the world has increased tremendously as many students have been indulging in many experiences around the globe, be it traveling on an exchange program in a new country, acquiring new and different skills, picking up a new language, or simply becoming culturally savvy. Our world has become a smaller place indeed, but yet very complex and competitive as companies are looking for graduates with diverse backgrounds and experiences, who have embarked on a number of experiences such as an internship abroad, an exchange study program or having lived in an environment different than their own. These experiences are more and more appreciated by employers who value the way in which they have shaped the perspectives of the candidates and made them more open minded, understanding, culturally sophisticated and adaptable to change. Having demonstrated with success that you can leave your comfort zone and are willing to adapt to the different situations that any job requires is definitely a plus. Graduates having such profiles are more prone to making it to the second and third interview, thus impressing their employers with their acquired skills and hopefully having higher chances of getting employed than the others who have not traveled as much, had lesser life experiences and who have not left their comfort zones altogether.
As we all know, finding a job is an extremely difficult and challenging task, leave alone finding a suitable job that you think you might be happy and satisfied with. To help ease the process of job hunting, nowadays social media plays a huge role in aiding graduate students in looking for and finding jobs. LinkedIn , Facebook and Twitter are three of the most famous social media websites that university graduates surf when seeking jobs.
For example, LinkedIn is specifically designed as a business related social network and is used as a professional networking tool for people all around the globe. LinkedIn helps users of the website find jobs by allowing registered members to stay in touch with other members who have the same level of interest in a specific area, where members would stay connected and in tune with what their business contact is doing. Also, one of the main features of LinkedIn is that users can invite anyone to become their connection in their contact list. The profile information of all connections is shared and easy to browse: contact information, address, where have you studied, what experiences you have had, where are you currently working, what are your interests and what jobs you are aiming for. This website is a great way for graduates to find jobs, connect with other business members and companies, where you in addition can get a holistic view of the company you are seeking to work for, as members can review the profile of hiring managers too. Moreover, the most beneficial part of this website is that members can connect to companies and businesses, research those companies and receive notifications about what the company is currently up to and if they have any current job vacancies.