Getting a Good Job after NYSC
Getting a good job after NYSC is actually every graduates dream and daily prayer but you can only fulfill that dream by getting up and working, a speaker once said ‘dreams are free, so do not be afraid to dream BIG, but please wake up and act on the dream and don’t sleep all day’ (paraphrased).
Now the question is how do I get a job after NYSC? The answers are outlined below as a guide that is more favorable to those still in the service; they still have time to build their networks and make useful friends
Build Your Network before Graduating
It is said that one day our network will become our net-worth. Even a local saying in Nigeria implies that he who has people (i.e. connections) is greater than he that has just money alone.
Being in a university or polytechnic is a perfect time for you to decide the career choice you wish to pursue and network with people who will be more likely to help you climb the ladder or get you a good job after NYSC.
Once you realize that many times the Labour Market works on endorsements and referrals then it will be easier for you to connect, interact and build up reasonable rapport with influential and accomplished persons in your field.
Asking most of these successful people to get you a job outright is not always the right way to go. If they already know how good and capable you are you can easily get an endorsement and recommendation from them and that will help you on your way to get your first job after NYSC.
Create a Top Quality and Attractive CV
Your CV is your spokesperson in your absence. It is shocking how many graduates don’t even search around on how to get their CV well packaged and instead use obsolete and insufficient CVs to apply for all the job vacancies they hear or read about.
If you are serious about getting a job after NYSC your CV is one of the first things you should be looking at getting right.
[Related Post: How to Write a Killer CV]
Offer to Work for Free or For Little Pay
To many students or even graduates it sounds very difficult but offering to work for free means you gain in two ways;
i) You garner the required experience that you can use when applying for jobs
ii) You most times (if you are a graduate) end up being offered a job by the company when a vacancy comes up if you have proved to be capable and a good worker.
Sometimes even if the company cannot help you with a good job after NYSC some of the staff who is happy with your work will go out of their way to inform you about opportunities elsewhere.
Get on the Mail List of Reputable Job Sites
Even before you graduate try and get on the mailing list or register with reputable job sites that regularly publish job vacancies from various companies and recruiting organizations.
Study the jobs that fall within your career aspirations to know the kind of requirements and qualifications plus skills they require.
Follow Companies in Your Target Job Category
It pays also to follow news and information on several companies in your target job category so you can be informed on new areas of job opportunity within those companies. Since you have less to do follow up sources that will help you land a job after NYSC
Use LinkedIn to Advance Your Career Chances
I have always said that LinkedIn is a useful tool that levels the playing ground for fresh and young graduates and helps them present a very professional profile (more like a resume) and connect with professionals and prospective business managers and owners.
If you have not joined LinkedIn you can do so immediately and start exploring the opportunities of getting a good job
Learn to Make Smart Unsolicited Applications
Many jobs do not appear on the papers or on the job sites. If you research a company well enough to know the decision makers and all about how you can be of help to them if hired you can write a convincing application letter to all the decision makers explaining why they should give you a job in the organization.
Note that this will most likely work with small and medium sized companies where you can easily reach or send secure letters to the decision makers.
Using courier to deliver your letters will always make the secretaries handle it with respect and most times you may just make an impression on them and get a call. With this adhered diligently on your first job after NYSC is on the way.
I hope you will find this 7 killer ways of finding a good job after your NYSC interesting. It is always easy to read informative and educative article but the hardest part is implementing what you have learn and practicing it. I hope you do with this post.