You have graduated, may be doing an internship or national service placement, but haven't found your dream job yet. Fortunately, your mentor is here to help you refine your application and coach you through the process. To land a great job however, you’d need to do some looking and searching. The mentorship tasks outlined below have been specially packaged to give you a head-start on landing your first real job. By following through each task diligently, you’d master the tricks and principles that would see you hired faster than you ever imagined.

 
 

September

Starting the Hunt with a Bang - It’s the first month of National Service and there is no better time to start job hunting than now. You’ve got a temporary job with a steady income and that means you are less desperate and less likely to feel frustrated while to hunt for a great job. It would also save you a lot of stress to know that you would have an amazing job to resume to once you round up your National Service. Therefore, you’d be starting your job hunting endeavours with a bang by working closely with your mentor to perform the tasks outlined below;

Tasks:

  1. Understand the mistakes fresh grads make in their job hunting efforts so you can avoid them. Click here.

  2. Revamp your resume and cover letter to reflect the latest standards. Click here.

  3. Sign up for job alerts and notifications on job sites and networks online. Click here.

  4. Make a list of all the companies you would love to work with and the roles you would love to work in. Click here.

Student Deliverable:

  • Resume & Cover Letter

  • A list of employers you are interested in working with.

  • A one-pager outlining strategies to overcome mistakes fresh grads make in their job hunting efforts.

  • Feedback form


October

Writing an Expression of Interest - Majority of jobs do not get advertised. If you always remember this in your job search and act accordingly, you will have a higher chance of landing a great job with minimal competition. However, you need to be able to communicate your availability early on to recruiters. This is where an expression of interest letter comes in. This month therefore, while you keep sending out applications (click here for log guide), you would be working closely with your mentor to understand what an expression of interest is and how to create one for yourself.

Tasks:

  1. Make a list of companies you would love to work with as well as the role you would love to work in.

  2. Highlight your strengths and accomplishments as well as reasons for wanting to work with each company and in each role. Click here.

  3. Write an expression of interest letter for each of the companies listed. Click here.

  4. Submit, email or post your letter to the appropriate quarters. Be sure it is appropriately addressed and the grammar is spot on.

Student Deliverable:

  • A log of Expression of Interest Mailing.

  • Sample Expression of Interest Letter.

  • Feedback form


November

Leveraging Informational Interviews -Often the most current and specific information about a career field may not be available online. The best information comes from people who are actually working in that career field. With informational interviews, you will find out about career paths you did not know existed, get tips and insider knowledge about how to prepare for and land your first career position, learn what it’s like to work at a specific organization and initiate a professional relationship and meet people who may forward job leads to you in the future. Therefore, you would work closely with your mentor to;

Tasks:

  1. Research career fields that you are interested in and outline them in order of importance if they are more than one.

  2. Make a list of 5 individuals you would like to speak with. You do not necessarily need to know them physically. For ideas on who to speak with, click here.

  3. Prepare for the interview. Click here.

  4. Conduct the interview and be sure to follow up from time to time. Click here.

Student Deliverable:

  • A list of individuals you interviewed and their portfolios.

  • A report on the key learning points from each interview held.

  • Feedback form


January

Leveraging Informational Interviews -Often the most current and specific information about a career field may not be available online. The best information comes from people who are actually working in that career field. With informational interviews, you will find out about career paths you did not know existed, get tips and insider knowledge about how to prepare for and land your first career position, learn what it’s like to work at a specific organization and initiate a professional relationship and meet people who may forward job leads to you in the future. Therefore, you would work closely with your mentor to;

Tasks:

  1. Research career fields that you are interested in and outline them in order of importance if they are more than one.

  2. Make a list of another 5 individuals (separate from those you interviewed last month) you would like to speak with. You do not necessarily need to know them physically.

  3. Prepare for the interview. Click here.

  4. Conduct the interview and be sure to follow up from time to time. Click

Student Deliverable:

  • A list of individuals you interviewed and their portfolios.

  • A report on the key learning points from each interview held.

  • Feedback form


February

Developing Self-Leadership Skills - The ability to be successful in all you do begins with you. This is why you have to understand yourself and how to steer yourself towards the future you desire. From learning to manage your time and money to being able to set SMART goals, this online course in self leadership would prove valuable as you gradually transition into the independent world of work. To this end, you’d be working closely with your mentor to;

Tasks:

  1. Sign up for the VantagePoint Online Course in Self-leadership. Click here.

  2. Fill out the Baseline Assessment that would be emailed to by VantagePoint.

  3. Take the first two modules on strategic life planning and life values/philosophies.

 

Student Deliverable:

  • A Report on key learning points from the first two modules.

  • Feedback form


March

Developing Self-Leadership Skills - The ability to be successful in all you do begins with you. This month you’d be continuing with VantagePoint’s online leadership course. At this point, you’d be learning to manage your resources including your health and you’d be expected to work through developing a blueprint for the next few years of your life. To this end, you’d be working closely with your mentor to;

Tasks:

  1. Complete all weekly modules (Audio clips and Reading materials).

  2. Attempt and submit all corresponding weekly assignments.

  3. Do a report on your progress on the program.

Student Deliverable:

  • A Report on key learning points from the modules taken.

  • Feedback form


May

Hunting for a Job: You are nearing the end of your service year and would soon be required to enter fully into the world of work. However, to get the job of your dream, you will need to search for it. It is however not enough to just search. You need to be guided to search in the right places and to search the right way. Be sure to work closely with your mentor to;

  1. Send out applications to identified organizations seeking for job placements in line with your desired career path. For the BI Job Hunt Checklist, Click Here.

  2. Conduct informational and mock interviews with individuals in the field you ambition to work in.

Student Deliverable:

  • Job Application Log.

  • Report on Informational Interviews.

  • Feedback form


June

Hunting for a Job : You are nearing the end of your service year and would soon be required to entire fully into the world of work. However, to get the job of your dream, you will need to search for it. It is however not enough to just search. You need to be guided to search in the right places and to search the right way. Be sure to work closely with your mentor to;

  1. Send out even more applications to identified organizations seeking for job placements in line with your desired career path. For the BI Job Hunt Checklist, Click Here.

  2. Conduct more informational and mock interviews.

Student deliverable:

  • Job Application Log.

  • Report on Informational Interviews.

  • Feedback form


August

Acquiring a Digital/ Corporate Skill : Beyond what you learnt in school and even what you learned on the job during your national service, there are certain skills you need to learn in addition. Some of these skills are in high demand and you will require them to stand out in the job market. Be sure to work closely with your mentor to take a course that interests you and would be relevant to your chosen career path from Google on digital skills for Africa. You would therefore have to work hand in hand with your mentor to;

  1. Review the different courses that Google is offering. Click here

  2. Select a course that is in alignment with your interest and your ambitioned career.

  3. Commit to completing your chosen course and attempting all quizzes, tests and assignments.

Student Deliverable:

  • Report on the key learning points from the course taken.

  • Feedback form