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Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by Propertyeighty: 4:12pm On Jun 16, 2017
There's a tendency among graduates to think that the piece of paper they hold in their hands once they leave university will catapult them into the higher echelons of industry.

In an increasingly aggressive job market, this assumption couldn't be more misguided. Preparing yourself for the job of your dreams doesn't start the moment you don the gown and pose for that awkward photo It should start months – perhaps years – before that.

With fierce competition out there, it's imperative that undergraduates arm themselves with all the weapons they need to make themselves stand out from the crowd. But why should an employer pick you once you graduate?

Make every second count

Many degree courses, especially the vocational ones, have a conveyor belt of guest lecturers – professionals who run businesses or manage departments. Make a good impression with one of these captains of industry and it could be your first step on the career ladder, so press them for a placement.

If your degree is more academic, you could be attending lectures for less than a quarter of a 40-hour week. Study time is important, but are you really going to spend 30 hours a week revising? Again, by sourcing a work placement, even if it's unpaid, you will be earning the chance to impress those who can make a real difference to your future career. Of my contemporaries, those that have been most successful are the ones that had managed to network themselves into jobs before graduation.

Let's also take into account the holiday time a student has. The summer holiday can last from the end of May until the beginning of October. How is this time being filled?


While you have the weight of a university or college behind you, you have a professional credibility. By simply having student status, you have an implied desire to reach the top. If your university has a good reputation, then you can ride that wave with employers. Okay, you won't necessarily be earning megabucks, and you might not be fulfilling the exact role you'd envisaged stepping into after graduating, but this is a temporary arrangement.

Think about when you're able to do work experience or take on an internship. Perhaps this can be done alongside your coursework, for example, or are holidays the only time you can fit extracurricular work in? Don't take any job just to show you're willing to work – target the dates you need to work to enhance your CV and give careful consideration to the industry sector. Anyone can work for nothing doing the photocopying in an office, for example, but your time is more valuable if the business you're working for is on your hit list. Make every chance you get count.

Build bridges

Perhaps you are studying hotel and hospitality management and have a place at a reputable university. Many hotels out there are renowned for having a high turnover of staff and are always on the lookout for employees. You are probably studying hard so that you don't spend the rest of your life changing sheets or waiting tables, but these jobs always need doing and you will be an infinitely better manager if you can empathise with your staff by having fulfilled these positions. By showing willing, you will win respect from senior management and make valuable contacts within the hotel. Don't forget, it's about who you know not what you know, so working from the bottom up and experiencing as many parts of the business as possible gives you a distinct advantage.

Networking and keeping in touch with the movers and shakers in your industry is the best way to get your face and skills noticed. Nobody likes a hanger-on, but creating networks might just lead to your dream job. When networking or meeting influential people, adopt an appropriate manner. Wear the right clothes, adopt the correct body language, and do some research into the area you want to move into. As they say, knowledge is power and you never know when you might bump into the person who could offer you the next step on that journey to your perfect job.

Clean up your online profile



We live in a digital world and there's no escaping the importance of social media. Your digital footprint can either be a thing of beauty, crisply defined in white sands, or a dirty splodge in a muddy puddle. Set up a profile with LinkedIn and other professional networking sites to give yourself a better chance of being noticed. Having a good quality head and shoulders photo will make it even more likely that your profile gets viewed. You may find that you connect with people who end up on your interview panel or who have the power to shortlist you for a position.

Facebook and Twitter can also reap great rewards if harnessed correctly.

Do note, though, that those hilarious pictures of you and your mates out on the lash might not go down well with prospective employers. Neither do the amusing, but slightly risque, pseudonyms that are all too common. Clean up your profile – it's a given that companies check social media these days. Use the internet to promote yourself and your talents, and don't let stupidity scupper your chances of success. Using videos and Skype can be daunting for some, but it gives you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd. We'd draw the line at drunken Facebook photos from freshers' week, but if you've got an active Twitter account or interesting blog don't be afraid to shout about it. And for the more adventurous, setting up your own website to showcase your talents could be a shrewd move.

In the race for employment, there is no false start gun. Every summer a new tranche of graduates hit the job market. Imagine the competition. Now imagine you've already got a job lined up. No brainer, isn't it?

Idris Olatunde Oluwaseyi is an HR Officer with a reputable Company in Nigeria.

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Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by BiafraBushBoy(m): 4:20pm On Jun 16, 2017
nice.. i love that.

Just learn an ICT skill...

Then you are good to go!!

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Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by Nobody: 7:19am On Jun 18, 2017
sweet
Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by NifemiKolade(m): 7:19am On Jun 18, 2017
A very nice piece it is! kudos Op
Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by harffie(m): 7:20am On Jun 18, 2017
grin
Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by Godswillnwaoma(m): 7:20am On Jun 18, 2017
let tell ourselves the truth, there are no jobs out there, unemployment is increasing everyday imagine 29,000 people applied for N-POWER job within 3 days.
the only solution to this problem is to become self employed and that is just the way forward.
I.m advising the young graduates to stop looking for white colla job and establish business of their own no matter how small it is and with time and dedication the business will grow. Nigeria is not an industrial country like China where everything consumed are produced by them, but here we import almost everything so where are u going to work. Let us start now and embrace entrepreneurship and erase the old mindset that was inculcate to us by our parents that when u go to school and have a good grade automatically a good job is out there waiting for you,well this was only attainable during the 60s and not now because things has dramatically changed unlike then.
Start up something today and watch yourself smile to the bank.

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Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by olaniyi0(m): 7:20am On Jun 18, 2017
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Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by oshe11: 7:23am On Jun 18, 2017
I'M looking for A MISSING PERSON......



HE WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE SELF ACCLAIMED GIANT OF AFRICA


HE IS 73 BUT LOOKS 91



HE IS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE FEBRUARY



IF U SEE HIM PLEASE LET US KNOW, HIS WIFE IS MISSING HIM......


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Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by Nobody: 7:23am On Jun 18, 2017
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Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by sundilazo(m): 7:24am On Jun 18, 2017
what should I comment now oooo
Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by itisco(m): 7:29am On Jun 18, 2017
Self employment all the way!! wink

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Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by Crauxx(m): 7:30am On Jun 18, 2017
Choose an area of expertise and perfect it
Take something you are teally good at and spend ours on it till it is perfect.
Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by Vicben(m): 7:32am On Jun 18, 2017
Informative
Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by oseka101(m): 7:32am On Jun 18, 2017
oshe11:
I'M looking for A MISSING PERSON......



HE WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE SELF ACCLAIMED GIANT OF AFRICA


HE IS 73 BUT LOOKS 91



HE IS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE FEBRUARY



IF U SEE HIM PLEASE LET US KNOW, HIS WIFE IS MISSING HIM......


CHAIIIIII, THE GIGOLO ONTOP AISHA MATTER GO DON HAMMER GAN!!! grin grin
he is sick and in London he needs your prayers to hasten his recovery do endeavour to put him inside your prayers today in service... #A better Nigeria

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Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by danemenike: 7:32am On Jun 18, 2017
Nice piece. The funny thing is that many will read and not act. Expand your horizon. Happy Sunday fellows

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Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by sakalisis(m): 7:33am On Jun 18, 2017
Nice tips
Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by oshe11: 7:36am On Jun 18, 2017
oseka101:
he is sick and in London he needs your prayers to hasten his recovery do endeavour to put him inside your prayers today in service... #A better Nigeria
As in Pray for him to resign peacefully undecided

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Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by oseka101(m): 7:41am On Jun 18, 2017
oshe11:
As in Pray for him to resign peacefully undecided
asin pray for him to recover as you would expect others to pray for u when your sick not ridicule the fact that your sick...
Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by BornAgainMay: 7:46am On Jun 18, 2017
Op, what did you smoke early this Sunday morning?

Are you deaf? Even if you are deaf cant you see?
If you can't see cant you feel it? Or

you just want to write and feel relevant?

Which job will somebody secure while still in school when there are millions of unemployed youths hovering around the country?

Did you get job while in school. If at all you are doing anything now.

There are no jobs and always tell them the truth.

The best thing for them to do is to be self sufficient or better start planning on how to leave this God frustrating entity called Nigeria

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Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by bazooka1: 7:47am On Jun 18, 2017
There is no exact science in getting employed in this country. Anything can give at any time.

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Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by oshe11: 7:49am On Jun 18, 2017
oseka101:
asin pray for him to recover as you would expect others to pray for u when your sick not ridicule the fact that your sick...

Bro!
If I'm half as useless as he is n pipo r suffering cos of Me, U think they wud pray 4 me to recover so I'd make them suffer more
Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by Rick9(m): 7:53am On Jun 18, 2017
I seeee
Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by Godswillnwaoma(m): 8:01am On Jun 18, 2017
BornAgainMay:
Op, what did you smoke early this Sunday morning?

Are you deaf? Even if you are deaf cant you see?
If you can't see cant you feel it? Or

you just want to write and feel relevant?

Which job will somebody secure while still in school when there are millions of unemployed youths hovering around the country?

Did you get job while in school. If at all you are doing anything now.

There are no jobs and always tell them the truth.

The best thing for them to do is to be self sufficient or better start planning on how to leave this God frustrating entity called Nigeria
Are u minding the op.

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Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by otokx(m): 8:07am On Jun 18, 2017
There are jobs in Nigeria, many of our "graduates" are lacking in particular skill set.

You see 25 people in an office of which about 5 are doing 90% of the work.
Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by free2ryhme: 8:12am On Jun 18, 2017
is this write up for the Nigerian student or foreign ones
Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by veekid(m): 8:15am On Jun 18, 2017
All these oyinbo thread no dey work for naija
Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by dustydee: 8:19am On Jun 18, 2017
Godswillnwaoma:
let tell ourselves the truth, there are no jobs out there, unemployment is increasing everyday imagine 29,000 people applied for N-POWER job within 3 days.
the only solution to this problem is to become self employed and that is just the way forward.
I.m advising the young graduates to stop looking for white colla job and establish business of their own no matter how small it is and with time and dedication the business will grow. Nigeria is not an industrial country like China where everything consumed are produced by them, but here we import almost everything so where are u going to work. Let us start now and embrace entrepreneurship and erase the old mindset that was inculcate to us by our parents that when u go to school and have a good grade automatically a good job is out there waiting for you,well this was only attainable during the 60s and not now because things has dramatically changed unlike then.
Start up something today and watch yourself smile to the bank.
Keep saying there are no jobs while people are changing jobs every day.

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Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by bufness(m): 8:40am On Jun 18, 2017
i have a question for those saying peeps should start their own business, what kinda business can one start exactly
Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by DisGuy: 8:41am On Jun 18, 2017
another copy and paste from "experts"
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Re: Head Start: How To Secure A Job Before You Graduate by Comanche(f): 8:42am On Jun 18, 2017
Very informative write up OP. Thanks for sharing.

For those saying these tips are not applicable to an average Nigerian student, I beg to differ.

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