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Anonymous

30 Jun 2020

I'm a fresh grad and will be graduating soon as this is my last semester at university. I'm worried I can't find a job since the job market is so bad now. Any advice?

How can increase my chances of getting employed?

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    Shanty

    Shanty

    08 Apr 2020

    Level 6Β·Competitive coffee drinker at ShopBack

    The other answers seem to cover most of the bases in terms of excellent practical advice, so I won't go into that. But in case you need to opt for the internship route, here's a spreadsheet of opportunities at companies for Summer 2020 (updated in real-time) that might simplify the search a little:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rMJzoOQmyISoFmXNZAyKo0rwOai6FNL_vws2QTLw7gQ/edit?fbclid=IwAR3N40vETfi8UDNsjGcJUq6OLCwn0q-3Yl-HfFKapxt-qESWZMHbj5kZS8o#gid=1279503904

    In closing – I know it's a daunting prospect to be graduating into a recession (been there, felt that), but please hang in there, because things will turn around! Also, unlike those of us who graduated into past recessions, you have a near-infinite pool of resources available on the internet today – take courses, learn new skills, and become an exciting prospect for potential future employers. Stay strong, and good luck!

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      Elijah Lee

      Elijah Lee

      04 Apr 2020

      Level 17Β·Independent Financial Advisor at Phillip Securities (Jurong East)

      Hi anon,

      Sorry to hear about your situation. I graduated during the 08/09 financial crisis and it was not easy for me as well, so I know what you are going through at the moment. Some of my peers did not find a job til 2010.

      First, you'll want to ensure that your resume is as good as it can be. I am no resume coach, but start by having a master resume. This is a resume that will contain every single achievement that you have attained in the course of your education. Put everything you can inside so that you have a master list, a wiki of sorts.

      After this, have a friend or even a professor run through it with you. A second or third pair of eyes help you to identify any blind spots, and they may be able to help you improve the quality of your resume. Also, your university may have a career office to help you, please approach them and see what assistance they can provide.

      Next, when applying for jobs, tailor the resume to the job. Remove irrelevant items before sending out the resume. This is where having everything listed comes into play. You can just delete the items that are not relevant. Condense your resume into 2 pages or so, unless you have a lot of relevant experience to share. Prepare to search for and apply to jobs every single day, and although some may say that you should hang on for the job that suits you, I would take a job that ensures I have cashflow to feed myself and pay my obligations (e.g. education loan). Ultimately you will need cashflow to survive.

      Lastly, prepare well for the interview. There are tons of resources out there for this, so I won't be elaborating too much, but make sure you prepare, as opportunities to land an interview will be few and far between during this time. Each interview invitation is like the proverbial golden egg, make sure you make the most if it.

      Good luck!

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        Cassio

        Cassio

        30 Jun 2020

        Level 6Β·Communications Consultant & Lecturer | Bilingual Writer at Coffeecassio.Wordpress.com

        I am sure you have done your preliminary google search before reading this post. In addition to what...

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