Millennials have encountered a lot of criticism for their approach towards the current job market and expectations that, perhaps, are too high. A lot has been said about their demands for cool offices, flexible working hours and ping pong tables.
Being myself a 20-something-year-old I had to face the post-university disappointment and crushed with the reality, in which everyone has a degree, ambitions and wants to be a part of the bigger picture. Frankly, I’m tired of us constantly ranting how difficult life is and not being able to move away from that limbo.
So, what’s stopping us from finding the perfect job and landing the career we’ve been dreaming about since kindergarten?
Learning from my own mistakes and observing my peers has helped me to understand where we are failing. Why do we get stuck in jobs we’ve never wanted to do and why don’t we have enough courage to find our true passion.
I have just landed the job I have always wanted to do, even though it took me 3 years after graduating, moving a country and plenty of ups and downs (yes, there were tears).
How did I get a job I really wanted?
- Don’t send 50 application, but 10 passion and quality. You know how it goes, writing a general CV and Cover Letter, scrolling down different job boards and mass sending job applications. Then, you’re surprised nobody gets back to you. Well, I was too. Until I realised that if you spend a little bit more time on proper research and apply to companies that you would genuinely want to work for, they will feel it and they will appreciate it.
- Be a little bit more humble. So many of my friends, including myself, walked out of university thinking ‘I have an amazing degree, finished one of the best universities, so I don’t have to apply for entry level, low-paid jobs’. So what? This is the question you have to keep on asking yourself. It’s great to have a list of accomplishments on your CV but the employer is more interested in the result of them and the value you will be able to bring as a consequence of what you’ve done in the past.
- Don’t be afraid to go an extra mile. You might have to travel for longer than 30mins and start at minimum wage. But think about the bigger picture. If this is the right company, the travel will stop bothering you and you will most likely get a regular pay rise. What is more important, getting to work quickly or doing something you actually believe in?
- Be yourself, but professional. There were so many times I felt like I had to pretend and force myself to say certain things in the interview room. It was probably the first warning sign, meaning that I wouldn’t fit within the company’s culture. I’m not saying you should reveal your deepest secrets, but at least try to feel more comfortable while interviewing and let it be a two-way conversation.
- Trust your recruiter. Wherever you’re based and whatever jobs you’re applying for, at some point, you will come across a recruitment agency. They are a middleman between you and the employer, so don’t ignore them. If you don’t impress them, they won’t recommend you and you can forget about getting an interview. Instead, you should listen to them. They know their client and it’s in their best interest for you to get THAT job, so you should take their advice seriously.
So, instead of complaining and reading endless articles on how broken our generations is, start doing something. Go out there and explore, make mistakes and dare to try. Prove them wrong!
With that in mind, I’m off to my new venture. Which I would have never been able to get if not for Quad’s Team. They are the most amazing bunch of people, who not only helped me with the meanders of career change but also supported me through the entire process 🙂
Thanks to everyone, who’s been reading my posts over the last few months, hope you enjoyed it. I will let you know how I am getting along in a few weeks 😉