Less than 1 out of 4 engineering graduates are employable in India!
That’s a statement from an article published in The Times Of India.
It’s not all bad, but employment is hinged on your academic prowess and your skill set. So, let’s go through a 10-pointer laundry list of things you can do to accelerate your job hunt.
1. Tone your skills
Now, let’s get on with the list:
The first thing that you must understand is that your educational qualification is the beginning! GPA is a prerequisite, and just as important is how skillful you are.
A strong skill set is vital, especially when it comes to being considered for a job. It is something that would compel the recruiters to consider you.
2. Create an impressive online presence
You might be a brilliant artist, writer, photographer or a dancer. So, get it out there for the world to see.
Having an online presence is the quickest way to impress recruiters. So, create an online portfolio with all your accolades or a YouTube channel with your videos or a blog with all your write-ups, photographs, and poems.
3. Use your social network wisely
Your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, when used strategically, can give you a big boost in the job hunt. Most of the companies you are targeting will have a good social media presence. Finding them and following up with their updates will give you a better overview of their culture, opportunities and the specific skill sets they are looking for.
4. Get a hands-on experience or do an internship
Knowledge and practicality are the most important thing in a job. Working as a trainee, intern or getting a hands-on experience in your preferred domain is hence imperative. With an experience, even if it is for a week or a month, you will be able to tell recruiters how much value you could bring in, by joining their company. Also, it will give you a better insight into what type of job you want to do.
These are few of the top internship sites in India that could help you out:
5. Make your LinkedIn profile stand out
LinkedIn is the most powerful professional networking tool today. Almost all companies use LinkedIn to screen their candidates. In fact, your LinkedIn profile is your online resume. Moreover, it is a one-stop source of all your professional experiences, qualifications, accolades, talents and skill set.
6. Google yourself
Most likely, the recruiters will search for you on Google. If you prepare yourself by following up with the aforementioned points, then it wouldn’t be much of a problem for you. Creating and publishing fresh and valuable content in your personal online space, is yet another way of staying on top of the Google search results.
7. Learn via academy courses online
It never hurts to learn something new. There are plenty of free online courses available in websites like Udemy, Coursera, and Khanacademy. These courses will help you expand your knowledge. They, in turn, improve your chances of being noticed by recruiters and also gives a better conceptual understanding.
8. Register on job sites and company portals
Most of the larger companies have online job portals. Register and subscribe in these portals for getting regular updates and to keep track of new vacancies. Apart from that, major job sites like Naukri, Monster, Indeed and AngelList keeps posting employee requirements from various companies. These websites help you target your core companies and find job vacancies in your preferred field.
9. Look out for internal referrals
Many Indian startups and MNC’s prefer trustworthy word of mouth to the traditional recruitment. For this matter, they organize timely internal referrals through which their current employee can refer friends or family, in the case of job openings. So, talk to people around you. Keep in touch with old friends and find out whether there are any internal referrals going on. You never know when you might get lucky!
10. Keep your eyes and ears open
The internet is always buzzing. If you are proactive enough to keep up with the trends, then you might find an opportunity soon. As companies scale up and upgrade their operations, the demand for engineers will only rise. So make sure that you are vigilant enough to help yourself out and smart enough to get your desired job.
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This blog post was originally published on Whatfix Blog on May 8, 2015.