Moving to another job after working as a fresh graduate is certainly onerous. It has to be carefully planned as numerous factors govern the job change. Here we look at a few important factors.
Conduct a self-assessment. Try to gauge your strengths, areas of improvement and work accordingly. Also check if you are enjoying the current role or need to shift to a new field? As a fresher you sometimes accept a job offered in a hurry to get the first break and then realise that you want to do something different.
If you want to move to another field then study it thoroughly and explore opportunities.
Make a note of your target role, company and employer. Research on these, find out ways to hit the target and model your search in that direction.
A post-college resume lists your academics and extra curricular activities. The resume should describe your job role, skills and achievements. Also detail significant aspects of the job that will ensure you’ll get short-listed or earn an interview call.
Many people might have known about your first job hunt but as an experienced professional keep it under wraps especially from your current employer. There are options on the job portal wherein you can block your resume from the past and current employers. You need not reveal your name and contact details, in which case the potential employer will contact you through a reference id, which the job portal will communicate to you.
By now, you must have developed a good number of contacts by virtue of your job. Speak to people, get references and apply for jobs. Also seek help from professional associations that keep you updated on the latest job postings.
In interviews you are quizzed more on your job role, and experience than on your theoretical knowledge. So jot down your job role in detail and significant accomplishments, which you might forget during the interview. Acquaint yourself with interview question banks meant for experienced professionals. As a fresher, you are hired and trained but as an experienced professional you are expected to possess the skills. If the job that you have applied for demands skills you lack, then take up a short-term course or research extensively.
Endure the process
Unlike a fresher’s selection process, it is a lengthy process comprising of tests and a series of interviews. So be prepared and patient.
As a fresh college graduate you might have lost on a better package due to ineffective negotiation. Now, brush up on negotiation skills to get a good deal on the package and designation.
If you were offered the role, the organisation would give you little notice to decide and accept the offer. This is usually because in the event of you declining the offer, they would be required to restart the selection process, which would cost time and money. So anticipate the situation and keep your responses ready. The above guidelines will help the first job change. Though this might evoke some anxiety and stress remember that it is part of the process and you will slowly get over it and make way for a smooth transition.