‘Right out of college’ is a hazy state of mind. You are neither a student nor a professional. This phase of life between the finishing of fun times at college and beginning of an exciting professional career can get overwhelming for some and push them to make silly mistakes that must be avoided by all freshers when starting a career. Of course, this is the time when you should choose a career path that can help you achieve the things you always wanted in your life. Sadly, we don’t live in a fantasy world and things can go pretty wrong here.
Naïve freshers often make seemingly insignificant career-related mistakes that may go on to affect their careers in more ways than one. So, we’ve listed a few mistakes that we all admit to committing as freshers and which should be avoided at all costs when starting a career.
Too soon to start
Mostly, the laid-back attitude from college is adopted for jobs too. Phrases like ‘What’s the rush?’ and ‘It’s time to chill’ don’t sound too alarming to the ears but actually are. It’s the time to hustle, not relax. So use your sources and resources, network with the right people, and most importantly do not give up. Try to find your calling!
You can’t get away with lies, adulteration or padding in your resume. Avoid typos, bad formatting, too much text and fake information. Be honest and precise while writing your resume. Use URLs to your professional online accounts like LinkedIn or Behance. If you are struggling to create a good resume, you can always opt for online sources like the Resume Buddy. With Resume Buddy’s step-by-step guidance, you can create an impeccable resume that can help you attract the right recruiters.
Don’t follow the herd
College friendships are great when they are in college. However, carrying forward that friendship in such a manner that you have no individuality is not a great idea. Groupism doesn’t work well in the professional environment. So, you need to understand that you cannot tag along with your friends. And when you are starting a career, you need to find your own path and be identified as an individual; not as a group.
It is good to be ambitious but being over-ambitious can be a deal breaker. Graduating with good marks, securing distinctions and a bunch of certificates don’t make you more ‘employable’ than any other fresher. Don’t expect too much in the beginning but do not settle for anything less than you deserve.
Big money, small learning
Starting off the first job means replacement of diminishing pocket money with hard cash from the ATM. Youngsters can easily get carried away with jobs that bring big bucks but offer negligible learning. It is always important to learn more than earn more, especially at the beginning of your career.
Forming a group too soon
Having friends is great but clinging to them at the new workplace is plain stupid. Don’t form a group too soon and cling to it when you are just starting a career. Instead, explore your options and know who are the people who can help your career grow. It is advisable to network with new people who have richer experience because they expand your thought horizon. Try to establish your own professional network.
Insufficient job searching efforts
Don’t depend on your uncles, aunts or friends to fetch jobs for you. Do your own homework. Search through online job portals, professional networking sites, social groups and company websites. Other than that, you can also make full use of campus placements to secure your first job.
Being a people’s person is great but you cannot be too friendly or laugh too loud in the office premises. Your office expects a certain decorum and code of conduct from you. So, be professional in your body language, communication, and work ethics.
Too talkative, bold or chilled out isn’t an ideal professional image. Be open to learning, criticism, feedback, and anything that motivates you to perform better at work.
Prepare for the big shift
Don’t forget what you learned from college books but be receptive to hands-on experience. The big, bad corporate world rubbishes those algorithms you crammed in college but that should not push you down. There are many things that you learned in college which might not serve you anymore. However, there are many more things and lessons you learned that will always help you on.
Keep your feet firmly in the basics but be open to learning new things. Be spontaneous and analytical in finding ways of problem-solving.
Don’t lose focus
Job hunting can be very discouraging. No Reply from an employer is more de-motivating than low grades in college. However, this is not a time to doubt yourself or question your own abilities. If you can be confident about what you want then there will always be a way in which you can get it. Confidence is an important key to success, especially during job interviews. So, keep confidence close and don’t lose sight of your target.
It’s okay to make your fair share of blunders when starting a career. Remember, it’s better to err and learn than to err and repeat. However, what is not okay is to not work hard for what you want and having a laid-back attitude. It is not okay to not have a perfect resume or prepare too well for the job interview and then blame the circumstance. If you want the right job and have a perfect start to a great career, you need to work for it.