One of the biggest fears of students are not getting a job after spending much efforts, time and money on pursuing a higher education. We could eliminate this fear today by choosing to act. We live in an era where the standards are a little different where technologies are being embraced almost everywhere around the world. In order to cope with it, we need to increase our capacity in looking for a job by embracing technologies.
A little background about myself
I graduated from BYU-Hawaii with a Computer Science degree in June 2017 but I couldn’t return back to my home country(Malaysia) yet because of my wife’s enrollment as a student in school and that she will not be done with her school till the end of the year which is December 2017. In the meantime, while waiting for her to graduate, I am enrolled in an Academic Training program as a Web Developer in the Computer Science Department and came out with my own strategy to find a job back in Malaysia. My biggest fear would that I will not be able to be home to compete with others to get a job.
The simple steps that will lead you to getting a job
1. Know what you want to do
Before proceeding, you first need to know what you want to be in the future. If you don’t, you need to. Some of the ways to figure out are, what are you good at? what do you love doing? what are you studying right now? I knew I wanted to be an iOS Mobile Developer because I am an Apple Geek and I don’t mind playing and exploring with Apple gadgets all day long.
2. Create a portfolio & upload your work
Some of the very first things that I did was to create my personal portfolio. I knew I needed to embrace technologies to compete with others to get a job so I needed to do something a little different. So I created my own portfolio where I could upload my work. You could do it even though you are not a Computer Science major. For instance, say you major in Hotel & Tourism Management, your portfolio could be about you giving review on some restaurants or some tourist attraction. No one has ever done that, you could definitely be the first one.
My portfolio helped landed many different opportunities. I’ve built several iOS apps and I’ve even uploaded my resume and working experiences on my portfolio. Every informations that are needed is available at the tip of your finger. My resume could be downloaded with a click of a button.
In the near future, I will include a tutorial on building a portfolio for FREE! Stay tuned.
3. Start applying for jobs
There are definitely many different platforms out there that allow you to find a job. In Malaysia, the biggest platform would be JobStreet.com. I went onto Jobstreet everyday and started applying for iOS Mobile Developer position. Trust me. I’ve applied from over 70 companies and managed to secure at least over 10+ interviews for myself which include face to face interviews and Skype interview.
4. Do the extra stuffs
Prior to meeting with each of the companies, I printed a business card where my information could be easily accessible but most importantly they could find my portfolio. I have also included several important documents such as the certificates that I have gotten in the past, my transcript and my degree certificate. Don’t let anyone tell you that GPA is not important. They actually do look into your GPA.
5. Good Luck & Be Yourself
The final step would be to be yourself in the interview. I wish you good luck in working hard to secure a job for yourself. Like many, I do hope to provide the very best for my family and this alone has inspire me to work harder and differently. I sincerely hope you all the best and would love to hear from you if any of these tricks did help you.
With all these simple easy steps, I managed to get shortlisted to meet with many different companies and most importantly, I was offered many different jobs that pay me really well and most of the companies are willing to wait for me to return home to start working around January 2018. I was offered many positions from Senior iOS Mobile Developer to Team Lead. Again, the intention of the post was never to boast but was to share my personal experience which I hope could help anyone that are trying to figure different ways to get a job.
If you are ready for the next step, click here to go and learn how to make a portfolio for yourself.
If there is any need to contact me, feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org