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Graduates looking for a job in vain: Do not give up!

Many graduates have lofty, idealistic plans for their future career - and then fail very quickly in finding a job in reality. It is therefore advisable to approach the job search in a very pragmatic way. Complaining does not help, action is required.


Plus work experience

Work experience is a plus in the Casting: It usually shows that you are able to use your skills in Company can also be implemented profitably. Any experience, no matter how insignificant, can qualify further - for example, a waiter job shows that you can work hard, under pressure and in Team can work and deal with customers.

However, it does not make sense to randomly string together any work experience; rather, the jobs should have a red line in the Curriculum vitae and show progress, as otherwise potential employers quickly get the impression that the applicant is undecided and unambitious. After graduation, you should put an end to precarious occupations such as unpaid internships and student jobs. Because these are also difficult from a social insurance point of view.

In the right place at the right time

Often the job search is also the luck to be in the right place at the right time or to know the right people. After all, many companies are looking for their employees in the short term and are happy to save lengthy selection procedures.

Of course, such lucky coincidences cannot be planned, and yet you can systematically help them on the jumps by responding in good time Network builds on good contacts. This means there is a good chance of finding out about vacancies before they are advertised.

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There are plenty of opportunities to make such contacts: Internships and student jobs, temporary work, trade fairs, recruiting events, regulars' tables or online networks such as our Xing group of humanities and social scientists in business. But networking does not mean making a lot of contacts of any kind.

Many situations require only a few contacts, but the right ones. In order to achieve this, you have to show initiative and make an advance. Because it is about building trust. There is a need for fingertips. Who, on the other hand, expresses hasty expectations, is only too easy to lose his chance.

The method: Life Work Planning

A method that is ideal for job search, application, and networking is the US-based life-work planning, which runs in three steps and can be learned through seminars or self-study through books.

The most important thing is that graduates no longer need to be satisfied with the available vacancies, but can systematically develop their own profile and then look for an employer that suits them. Supposedly, on average, 86% of all participants have a fulfilling job one year after an LWP seminar.

Career finding step by step

  1. In step 1, the job seeker should find out about his objectives, Desires and skills clear e.g. by writing them down. Because: the more precisely someone knows what they want, the more likely they are to find it.
  2. In step 2, it is considered how personal interests can be brought into a profession. Who asks "What can I do with my subject?" automatically restricts the selection. The question is better: What kind of occupation am I aiming for? - because there are more possibilities than many think.
  3. Step 3 is finally the most difficult: now actively looking for contacts, specifically by targeting people who have a place that would interest you. But this phase is not about the actual job search, but about the gathering of information and the comparison between reality and personal ideas. Whoever is open to others without too many hindrances will make the astonishing discovery that most people are looking forward to honest interest in their person or work and are happy to provide information.

Honest interest and self-titled

Life Work Planning is also so successful because graduates who know what they want bring with them honest application and self-initiative. This is what the personnel decision makers often determine by the external form of the application. Therefore, standardized applications are taboo, not to mention masseMails, which give the impression of arbitrariness.

It is better to emphasize that you have dealt intensively with the company and know what to expect there - and that as briefly and succinctly as possible: on average, it makes you feel good HR 30 seconds for an application and immediately sorts out everything that doesn't fit. And: The frequently asked question: "Why do you want to work for us?" Is clearly aimed at what benefits the company could get from working with the applicant - and an applicant should think about that in advance.

Expand competences

In the case of the job search, the question of the possibilities offered by a degree in the humanities is also too short, because existing competencies can be expanded at any time by means of further training courses and postgraduateCourses. Financing is not the main problem here, since scholarships, loans and government grants exist.

It is much more difficult to find the right content and conclusion in the offer jungle. In addition to numerous internationally recognized offers (such as the Master of Business Administration in various variations), there are also certificates from individual institutes which are completely unknown in the labor market.

Is the degree also recognized?

However, whoever has time and money in one Further Training investing should pay close attention to how prospective employers accept the degree.

This is ensured, for example, if a course of study has been accredited and appears in relevant rankings. In addition, the content of the training program is only useful if it is also prepared in a concrete and practical manner for a specific professional activity, eg by means of practical units within the course.

Do not give up!

However, the most important thing seems to me: despite all the frustrating experiences, keep going and do not give up. Failure is part of life, even if this is something that hardly anyone in our success-obsessed society admits.

The trick is to get back up and move on.

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  2. Nordy says:

    Nice article! Unfortunately, failure is always associated with failure today! External demands from society aggravate the spiral! Experience shows that, contrary to all advice, they follow your will, are satisfied and happier!

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  4. Katharina Nicolaus says:

    Very helpful article with new impulses, especially the lifework planning approach I like! Many Thanks!

    • Simone Janson says:

      That's nice to hear. I also want to encourage new thinking, away from “I studied XY, what can I do” to “what I WANT to do.” I am happy when I can set thought processes in motion.
      Good luck.

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