The Do’s & Don’ts for the Job Application Process

When young professionals leave the premise of the academic world and head into the workforce, it can be a very exciting period in their life.

However, the process of entering the workforce carries with it a lot of different challenges. There are some mistakes that young graduates make on their quest to secure a job.

Do Not Rush Into Any Role

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A big mistake that some young professionals make is that they hurriedly dive into any role they see available. Don’t get me wrong, it matters that as you are starting out, you truly are open to different roles and the learning process. That’s good.

However, you should be selective and reasonable in your approach. Don’t just rush in. Take the time to ask the right questions. Be mindful of the growth opportunities if available in different roles.

Understand whether the salary offered is commensurate with what the role entails. This will entail doing some research and comparing roles and salary. Be smart about your approach to the job application process.

Do Understand What the Job Description Entails

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As you apply for a role and if selected to the interview stage, make sure that you are fully aware of what the job description entails. You should not just skim through the list of responsibilities. Read it all fully and ask your potential employer what are the expectations of the role.

This is significant because you should know whether your skills and experience are what is needed for that specific job. You should also be honest with your employer about your background and whether it will all be a learning experience for you.

Do Not Ignore the Reviews of the Organization’s Environment and Culture

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Before you say Yes to the role, have you looked it up properly? Go ahead and read through reviews on Glassdoor. This is where doing adequate research comes into play.

This will help to give you some insight as to whether you truly are the right fit for the organization. You may or you may not be.

Do Consider the Type of Company You Want To Work For

You should not just enter to a job application process blindly with an “anything goes” mindset. Consider what your own future goals and aspirations are. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? What did you choose to study at school in the hope of becoming? These are some questions that you need to spend some time thinking about.

People are suited for different environments. Some would be fine with a small company. Others might prefer a big organization. Another person might be more interested in the non-profit/ humanitarian sector. There’s also the start-up environment which is a whole different ball game. You have to consider who you are and what is best for you.

Don’t Forget What Your Values Are

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Along the same lines of considering what is best for you, also understand what are your values? Before you jump right into that new job, does it actually align with your values? Or is it far off from who you are and what you care about?

You first few roles may not be the perfect fit but it’s still good for you to know what is ideal for you. That way, as you advance further in your career, you’d be able to know why a particular company’s mission resonates well with you.

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