Every year, International Youth Day is observed on August 12. On this day, graduates and other citizens across the world come together to recognise and bring attention to the problems faced by the youth. The day is celebrated through various awareness campaigns, community concerts, and events to bring to notice the socio-economic and socio-political issues that the youth in every nation face.
We truly care about the youngsters of PitchMe community, trying to address and fight the issues they might face during job search and recruitment.
Trying to get your first job as a graduate or an inexperienced (but very eager) youngster can be douting. Experienced competition, gender pay gap, discrimination based on various backgrounds, anxiety – these are only top of the list of things that can cause you a headache when job hunting.
It is important to address them not only on special days like today but every day. This is what we are trying to do at PitchMe.
We talk a lot about how our recruitment is unbiased as you are being shown to the employer from the perspective of your skills, not your age, gender, race or nationality. We also talk about our services being accessible and free. What we want to address this National Youth Day, is the issue of graduates struggling to get their first job. We want to help you fight the “no work experience” issue!
Find the work experience that you DO have
First of all, it is very unlikely that you have no work experience whatsoever. You might have never had a “proper job” yet but we all had some experiences that we can “adjust” to look good on the CV. Here is how to do that.
When you have been still at school or University, you certainly did group projects. You can add to your CV that you work well with the team. Have you ever led a group project? That’s leadership and project management skills right there! Did you do any volunteering? Maybe some charity events? Did you organise a school party? Could that count as events management or hospitality experience? Have you ever babysit your little cousin or sibling? That would be a great experience of working with kids! Do you have many followers on Instagram or TikTok? Perhaps it could count as Social Media Management or Marketing. Did you do well at writing essays? Consider it copywriting skills! Life experience is work experience, often more useful than any “actual work experience”!
Get even more work experience!
Are you still a student but worrying about what the future brings? Do you have some time on your hands due to summer break? Don’t hesitate to apply for Internships, placements and volunteering positions to gain work experience. Simply think where would you like to work in the future. Whether you have an exact position in mind, just a company or a vague idea about the industry you’re interested in, do some research and contact some places directly asking if they might need an intern. Internships are the test drive employers need before they seal the deal—so interns, this is your shot to show you’re a worthy hire. Do it well and you could be part of the nearly 52% of interns offered full-time jobs, according to research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
Upskill with online courses
Whether you went to University or not, upskilling is something to consider. Only 27% of graduates end up working in the field they studied in anyway. We often chose the course when we don’t really know what we want to do in the future, or we simply change our mind during studies and it’s too late to change the course then. Pandemic also affected many industries and it might be harder than ever to get a job in those fields. This is why online courses and boot camps are there to make it easy for us to re-qualify in an affordable, accessible and relatively quick way. To find out more about upskilling, online learning and free courses available on PitchMe, check out our other blog HERE.
Discover hidden skills
If you analysed your life experiences like mentioned above and you are still struggling to come up with some strong skills of yours, we think our skill assessment test can help you out! Here is how it works!
When you create a SmartMe profile on PitchMe, we will ask you some simple questions during the onboarding process. Where do you feel most comfortable? When you look at a painting in a museum, you mainly look at the whole composition or more details? When solving a task you’re familiar with, do you plan ahead or are you flexible and act depending on the situation? Answers to these questions will allow us to justify your ideal working style, management type or work environment. These can be useful addition to your CV.
More importantly, you can link all your online presence during onboarding process. Our smart AI technology extracts all your skills from your social profiles and activities. It creates lists and charts of your soft and hard skills that you can transfer to your CV! To find out more about the platforms you can link to your profile check out THIS blog.
Moreover, based on the skills in your profile, PitchMe technology will pair you with the jobs matching your current qualifications. You never know, maybe there are positions that you qualify for that you haven’t considered yet? It sure is worth a try, especially when it’s free!
Boost your social media
TikTok is known for its fast-paced dance videos and quirky, funny clips. The social media company is planning a pilot program to build a job site on its platform to help people find jobs—particularly Generation-Z young adults that love the site. The new job search and recruiting feature is in beta testing with a group of companies, according to Axios.
The job search listings will be on a separate site and many of the roles would be targeted for Gen-Z job seekers. Instead of boring résumés, it’s anticipated that applicants will submit videos, says Forbes.
However, TikTokers are already using the platform to look for jobs. It’s common to upload videos with your résumé in the background or showcase your skills in other creative, visual ways.
According to Forbes, the TikTok recruitment feature will empower companies to highlight what it’s like to work there via short bursts of video clips. Speaking to the Washington Post in March about the growing trend of employers using TikTok for recruiting, Kate Barney, the head of human resources at TikTok Global Business Solutions, said, “Employers are starting to use the platform to recruit interns or workers. HBO had more than 300 applicants for a summer internship last year using the hashtag #HBOMassummerintern.”
To find out more about the ways of getting a job through social media check out our BLOG.
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