Post exam time can be quite a scary time in your life. As a newbie in the crazy world of work, you owe it to yourself to make an informed choice. So, just how prepared are you for an interview? Has anyone evaluated you and given you genuinely useful tips? Are you knowledgeable about the market that you are diving into? Would a helping hand from a professional be a good thing?
And what if you need a filler job, some temporary work whilst you take the time to contemplate your prospects? Do you know what those temporary jobs should be, to help you later, once you have decided on your goals? Being prepared, as the Scouts would say, is the key to success. Sure, you can play being a Dice Roller but just how serious are you about being the best you can be?
Gonna change the world
Let’s face it, you are young with dreams and ideas of what your life will be like. You are blessed with enthusiasm all wrapped up in a blanket of hope and expectation. You are the future and you’re eager and willing to prove it.
It could well be that you have a clear idea of what you want to do. Then, perhaps, like many of us, you simply can’t decide. It can become rather overwhelming faster than you think. So, it would be kind of nice if you found the path that leads to a career that suits you.
Percentages and chances
Close to 13% of 18-24-year-olds are out of work. Some 50,000 graduates in the UK, are in jobs that don’t require degree qualifications. They are not doing what they hoped or dreamed they would. Put bluntly, commercial life cares little about your dreams and ideals. Sometimes the pathway you hoped to follow gets lost in a jungle of frustration.
Surely, you deserve the best possible chance of finding your Yellow Brick Road. Being prepared and clued-up on the reality of the work place is the only way to push the odds in your favour. Being ill-prepared may result in you watching your dreams evaporate like those of a bad singer on X-Factor. Work should be fun not a chore. But, why leave it all to chance? You’re smart, aren’t you?
Stand aside I’m a professional
Friends, relatives and loved ones will always give you advice. Advice is good. It’s always well-intentioned. But, sometimes people’s own life experiences taint that advice. This means vital information can be missed, biases can creep in and that old ‘Emotional Intelligence’ psychologists bang on about, can be sidelined in favour of exaggerated anecdotes.
There are professionals who can help. What, recruitment agents? They’re just horse traders surely? Okay, it’s true that some recruitment consultancies operate a stack ‘em high, sell them quickly and move on, model. But, a modern, forward looking recruitment consultancy understands commercial life as it is today. They see the absolute value in matching their candidates’ aspirations and their client’s needs. Why? It’s simple. Organisations can waste large amounts of time and money recruiting the wrong candidates. Poor productivity and confused staff relationships tend to be the result. Those are issues organisations can do without, and no one wants their first taste of working life to be a bad experience. You don’t, do you?
Recruitment consultancies have evolved. At least the ones you need have. They take the time to understand and empathise with their candidates and their clients. They use the latest proven techniques and technology to provide the very best advice and find the right match of candidate to employer.
Many jobs and opportunities are not advertised through the usual channels or on social media. Recruitment consultants often have access to far more opportunities than you will find by yourself.
Did I mention it’s free?
Finding the right partner to hold your hand can be one of the best decisions you will ever make. You will tap into the dedication and expert knowledge of their staff. They will help you prepare that killer CV and boost your digital profile, show you how to navigate application processes and prepare for interview. Shorts and T-shirt might be fine for running a surfboard shop but it won’t impress Sir Humphrey in an interview with HM’s Civil Service. And when you make your choice, the best recruitment consultants will even help you negotiate the best offer.
You get all of this for free. The client’s pay, you benefit.
It is your life
At the end of the day, it is your choice. You make your own life decisions. You can be in control or not. It really is your call. Perhaps, you slipped up on an academic banana skin and think you’ve blown it. Either way, you can increase your chances of a great start in your working life by choosing a forward-thinking recruitment partner. After all, you’ve worked damn hard to get this far, surely you aren’t just going to roll the dice now, are you?