January 24th, 2022
Job searching has always been stressful for me due to constant rejections. I scrolled through HeadHunter more often than my Instagram feed in an attempt to find a job which did not require at least three years of work experience. On the face of it, I am vigorous and enthusiastic, but nobody hires me.
Another similarly interesting situation happened when I was hired as an assistant and was asked to perform duties of an SMM specialist: to create a content editorial calendar and designs of posts and to be available 24/7. Actually, these duties must be performed by several people. The situations when employers take advantage of students’ weakness and blatantly exploit them are not rare.
On the one hand, young people might benefit from such situations and have an opportunity to try themselves in various roles. On the other hand, if you are required to perform as an expert without a mentor’s support, you might feel that you are bad at all these jobs. You become a kind of a one man band, knowing everything but superficially.
I gave up my attempts to find a job and decided to improve my skills while I had some time for this. I do not sit idly around and am going to start working as a freelancer. I hope that I will not face such situations when I work on my own.
Even now that I’ve changed my profession to journalism where it seems easier to find a job, I face companies’ reluctance even to answer a letter.
Which platforms, apart from HeadHunter, can young people use to search for jobs?
I agree that HeadHunter is a powerful job search engine, however, it is not much relevant now.
· In addition to this platform, they can search for jobs at career and employment centres at universities. Many companies co-operate with such centres. Universities must notify students and graduates of hot jobs at such companies.
· LinkedIn is another option. Here young people can not only find a job, but also create necessary and useful business connections, follow companies of their interest, find their HRs and email them directly.
· Instagram is a third option. Our company, for example, posts about hot jobs using targeted advertisements on Instagram. This is very convenient, fast and easy. One should only follow the account of a company they are interested in and view their posts.
How to increase the chances of getting a job if you do not have work experience?
In my practice, there was a person whose CV was not suitable for a position, but he wrote such a sincere cover letter that we could not ignore this candidate. The cover letter prompted us to meet him in person and find more about him. Hence another rule: present yourself right and add strong arguments at the end of the following statements: “I want to work here because…”, or “I am worthy of this position because…” The arguments may include, for example, the following: “I took certain training courses” or “I learned it myself on the Internet”.
What are the questions to ask an employer before taking a job?
· Second, ask an employer about the incentive system for the company’s employees. This is important because we are not robots and may have burnout or loss of motivation. For example, our company has the following incentive plan: if an employee reads specialised books, take relevant training courses and applies new skills to work, his/her salary gradually increases. It is very important to encourage employees to develop their skills.
· Third, ask about the company’s values and traditions. They foster a healthy corporate morale..
· An additional piece of advice from me: learn the company’s history and values before an interview. Do not disregard the need to get prepared for the first meeting. And do not feel discouraged if you did not get the job. Remember that you can always try again after you gain new skills and build up your strength.
Данный проект реализуется с помощью гранта от Посольства США в Нур-Султане, Казахстан. Мнения, выраженные в материалах, принадлежат их авторам и не обязательно отражают точку зрения Правительства США или Дипломатической Миссии США в Казахстане.