All you fresh graduates should read this article if you want to increase your chances of getting a job!
You have been selected for several job interviews. Up to this point, you have already sat for some interviews, but no one is calling back with positive news!
Your self-confidence has taken a definite knock and you ask yourself–why? Usually, it turns out it is because you do not have the experience needed by the prospective employer.
Instead of getting frustrated, start volunteering as an alternative way to gain the needed experience. Volunteering is an ideal way to build your skills and develop a network of contacts that eventually will get you closer to that dream job.
Always accept opportunities for volunteering. You may not be earning loads of cash, but you are gaining relevant experience that is going to stay with you for the long haul.
Being a fresh graduate, I found myself in this situation. I had applied to the Makerere University Public Relations Office requesting for an opportunity to volunteer, which I was thankfully granted.
I used the chance to learn as much as I could about the practical side of public relations.
In addition to putting in as much energy as possible in order to do a good job, I also made an effort to befriend and socialize with the people in the industry. You never know what good things can come from expanding your network. Keep in mind that expanding your network is one of the most important reasons as to why you are volunteering.
Through socializing, someone referred me to Ms. Primrose Kiberu, the CEO Prim and King Communications Limited and that is how I was able to get employed as an Accounts Executive.
My experience as a volunteer at Makerere University PR Office came in very handy when Prim and King Communications considered my suitability.
As I look forward to learning and gaining more experience at the organization, I am enjoying working with clients on different media campaigns, making new friends, organizing and attending press conferences among others. This has positively impacted on my confidence and self-esteem.
After you’ve landed a volunteer opportunity, be sure to list it on your resume and profile it on your professional networks, such as Linked-in. Hiring managers consider volunteering work experience and it shows you’re not just sitting around, but are out there always trying to freshen your skills.