The moment you put on a graduation gown and cap, take those pictures and post them on social medias and pronounce that you’re finally done; that moment you are really done. The after party gets real. You are done with school assignments, night studies, group works, class presentations, tips from aunties they give you when they visit, pocket money from parents, unsolicited advice from strangers, cousins with their free meals,… you are done with all those to mention a few.
As you start looking for jobs or fantasizing the idea of starting your own business, there are skills that are crucial in this journey. These seem meaningless at some point, but they are key to many opportunities that await you. They helped me in keeping good professional relationships, approaching executives and getting the confidence I needed to keep on.
- How to write professional emails
Most of the time when you are in university, lecturers require that you submit your assignments by email. That means email writing is not new to you, however knowing how to write professional emails while applying for jobs, inquiring for more information, looking for sponsors or investors; is a whole different case. You need to learn from experts how to do it right. This will give an untold good impression to the receiver of your email. Read articles on how to write good professional emails , or better emails that will get you far.
- How to dress well
I love jeans and converse shoes. When I was in university and right after graduation, they were my go to outfits for almost all occasions except maybe going to church or wedding occasions. Unfortunately jeans and tees won’t fit in whatever job you end up in after graduation. You can’t put on a jean when you work in a bank setting or a law firm for instance (unless you are the founder of those entities). It’s better to have office-appropriate and interview-ready clothes.
>>Check Morgan’s guide on collegiate dress code.
- Learn how to write your resume
A resume is the first place where your recruiter meets you. It has to be good and convincing. Learn how to write it and memorize it. It’s the basis of an interview. It won’t be fun if what you say differ from what you wrote which makes it important for you to write it yourself and keep it in mind.
- Learn to say thank you
This is simple yet complicated. Sometimes you even feel like the other person should be the one to thank you. But when you say thank you, even in minor situations like handing you a pen it goes far to one’s heart and make them willing to help/serve you at any time. It does no harm to do it, so make it your habit.
- Learn to say no
When you are on job hunt, many opportunities present them to you. Unfortunately not all of them are not for you. Some don’t meet your personality, others don’t meet your goals and some even don’t meet your beliefs. Learning to say no is an essential skill that one needs. I’m still working on it too, and trust me it’s rewarding. At least for your peace of mind.
>>Read Marlena’s advice on how to say no without feeling guilty.
- Know how to pray
Prayer helps in looking for a job. It feels good to know you are not alone. God promises to walk with us everywhere. In John 15:7 He says that if you abide in Him, He will abide in you too and whatever you wish will be done to you. As stressful as it is to look for a job, one gets tired and tend to settle for anything. It’s important to know what you want specifically and pray for it as you work toward achieving it. On the course of wanting to become a professional engineer in business of repairing cars, you might first become a mechanic and that will be okay as long as you know what you want.
Psalm 37:3-5 ESV:
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.