Are you trying to find a job? It has been quite long since you got out of college and you still don’t have any job opportunity. You tried to get hired in a lot of companies, but nothing worked out. What should you do now? Keep trying? For the same kind of job or change the field? Or go for higher studies?
Recently, I got this query where a reader had asked me about how he has been unable to find a job in his related field. He wants to know whether he should keep trying or change the field.
Hi, mam, I have done B.Tech in information technology with 68.17 ./. Marks in 2012. Still now I have not got any Job related to my field. I have spent almost 80 thousand on certification and on staying outside from home in different regions. I think it’s a hard time is to get a job in your core line.So what should I do now, try for govt job exam or keep trying in the Pvt sector?
In today’s post, I am going to list some reasons why you’re not getting hired. I hope they would help you clear out your mind, understand the underlying issues and work on them.
Before, I begin; I must declare that I am no career counsellor. I am just a B.Tech. student who has had her share of job rejections which made her understand what was missing in her, then went on to grab five job offer letters and is now working on her dream project as a blogger and social media marketer.
So, what is it that’s stopping you from getting hired? Let’s talk about it!
You need the core technical knowledge
As a B.Tech. Graduate, your core expertise must be sound. Don’t panic. A lot of us did B.Tech. While having the time of our life – partying, night outs and flings. A lot of us don’t have that kind of expertise a topper would have. But that can be improved.
During my B.Tech. Course, I focused on some entirely different things and when it came to placements, whatever they expected from me was very different. It meant I had to prepare for everything from scratch. I accepted that fact and started preparing. In two months, I covered all the relevant topics from the core subjects and was well versed in it.
That’s what you need to begin from. Grab the books of your core subjects, call up your college professor to ask about the important topics or just search on the internet and prepare.
Note: Don’t be fooled by people who say core technical knowledge isn’t required. My first job offer came from an interview where we just talked about this very blog you’re reading. Nothing technical. Just me telling them about which brands I had worked for, how someone hacked my site when I was begun and how I dealt with and stuff like that. But those kinds of interviews are rare. I just got lucky! Clearly, luck isn’t on your side for now. So, prepare rather than hope!
Communication and confidence
Another reason why you might not be getting hired is your confidence level. If you don’t know English properly, that’s okay. It doesn’t matter as long as you are confident and have the knowledge required for the job profile. But being confident about what you’re saying in the interview is an essential.
What if you’ve lost that confidence? What if you truly feel you’re not good enough? How are you supposed to be confident in that scenario?
FAKE IT. I never felt I was good enough for a software engineer job. Still, I needed a job offer to feed my ego. What did I do? I faked it. I pretended that I am very confident of what I know and what I had done in my degree, and I got the job.
Feed your ego with a lot of pampering and self-talks on how good you’re and then go for the interview. Remember! Don’t be over confident. Be respectful. No matter how dumb the guy sitting on the other side is, he still has the power to give you the job or not.
Lower your expectations
Stop comparing yourself to that other guy who is earning 80k per month. Comparing yourself with him at this point in time when you have no job is useless. Keep that for later.
Right now you need to grab any job you can get. It will pay less. It will have a small brand name, but at least you will be getting experience. It is far better than sitting at home and looking for different job openings online or in newspapers.
Remember that the time you’re wasting while looking for a job is putting a negative effect on your career. You should first get a job and then spend your time and efforts in getting the job with your desired salary.
I agree that private companies pay very less when it comes to off-campus placement. But you need to start somewhere. Once you start, you can always upgrade. Consider your low-salary job as an opportunity to learn more. You paid for the college degree. Here you’re getting paid for whatever you’re learning. It’s always better.
Why no job in your core field?
I have a lot of queries, especially from mechanical engineers, where people say that there aren’t any jobs available in their field. My friend, you’re not looking properly. If you love your core area, you need to stick to it. It will bring you great results in long-term.
Start looking for small companies around you. They never advertise they have a job opening. So, look for them. Then research about them. Then go to their office and ask if there are any job openings. Leave your resume there anyways.
This exercise will certainly bring you results. Stop trying your luck at the big firms again and again. If you couldn’t make it there, you need to stop and learn. Start working in a small company, learn and then move forward.
It depends on whether you like your field or not. Do you like what you studied? Do you want to build your career around those things? If yes, then why apply for that bank job? If not, why not!
Government job seems to be the answer on everyone’s mouth when a person isn’t able to get a job initially. Government jobs seem to be the most lucrative and easy to get a thing. That clearly happens when you forget that you would still need to prepare (from scratch this time) and then compete with lakhs of other people. Add to it the corruption and reservation that will decrease your chances of getting the job. Does it seem that lucrative now?
If yes, go for a government job. If no, follow the last four things I mentioned. You shouldn’t go for a government job if you love your field and want to stick to it. If the job is related to your area, go for it but otherwise, try it one more time.
I hope you got your answer why you’re not getting a job and how can you fix that. You need to understand what’s causing all those rejections. Is it your core technical knowledge or your confidence level? Is it your picky nature or failure to look properly?
Once you know that, you can follow the advice which I gave in this post to improve. If you need more help, just ask. I will try my best to help. I have been through that horrible phase when you don’t get a job and feel like a failure. And I have successfully fixed that for myself. I truly intend to help you fix it too.