Young people are being too picky over accepting jobs says The Recruitment Society.

I’ve just given a short interview on BBC Radio Gloucestershire to discuss this.

It’s hard to cover everything in just a couple of minutes so here’s some further thoughts.

Years gone by when young people got grants to go to University almost every graduate got a job, as a company just wanted to employ a graduate.
But now there are many more graduates, and not all are going to get a graduate job. but it’s not the end of the world.
It’s possible to start in a junior role and to move into your desired job, but you must have the end goal in mind or a flexible goal staying open to new opportunities.
Many young people are not accepting jobs as they can’t see how they can lead onto a great job. So lets look at the options.

Option 1 – you wait.

Leave school, college or university with a plan to be a marketing executive, engineer, PR consultant and decide to hang on till you get a job in one of these roles. Great if you have relevant experience in your CV and you will stand a good chance.

But what if your experience is limited.

So you wait, and the months go by and you still don’t get a job.
Perhaps finally you see a job to apply for and you complete an application form. The company wants to know what you have done in the past 6 months, and there is a big gap – do you think you will get shortlisted?

Option 2 – if you took on a ‘low status’ job…

Consider someone who has spent 6 months working in a job, and yes perhaps it was a fast food restaurant. What have they gained?
It may not be directly relevant work but they can demonstrate

  • Ability to get up and get to work on time each day
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to deal with the public, and be sensitive to ‘challenging people’
  • Initiative – they may well have identified some improvements

Don’t you think this second person is more likely to be shortlisted?
But perhaps you aren’t sure what work you want to do … and work in this fast food restaurant could lead you to becoming a supervisor and later an assistant manager. You may then decide to pursue a career in the company, or to look for other work where supervisory skills are important.

Option 3: Create your own opportunity

It’s not just waiting for jobs you see advertised, it’s also looking for companies to approach.
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Published On: August 14th, 2013 / Categories: Students and Graduates / Tags: , , , , /

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