Common Mistakes Why Fresh Graduates Fail To Land A Job

Posted by | July 12, 2015 | Job Hunting


Becoming employed is a necessity after finishing college education. Few would dare to start their own business immediately after graduating, so this article will apply to most people. Many graduates forget the necessary steps to have their resumé considered by companies, more so becoming hired.

It is important for job seekers not to lack the following:

Initiative to apply for job

It is very uncommon nowadays that companies are those who seek new graduates as their employees by accessing the list of graduates provided by schools. Even graduates with honors would not simply do nothing and expect companies to consider them for immediate employment.

Though an applicant’s best efforts would not guarantee employment on the first try, no risk means no success.

Application letter attached to resumé

If people simply submitted their resumé to companies without corresponding application letters attached, they will have missed the big opportunity to promote themselves. A letter of application contains the main reason why the applicant should be hired, but should not repeat what is already included in the resumé.

A resumé that is highly objective

 Words that are written in a resume should be specific. For example, instead of “I have worked a long time doing complex office tasks”, it is much better to write “I have worked 8 years in a company in which my primary jobs were validating financial transactions and drafting documents addressed to departments”. Instead of “recently attended several seminars related to my career”, enumerate each seminar attended together with the date attended.

Why be objective? Because anyone could say that they are “a good employee who has experience in many aspects of my career”, which does not distinguish them from most other employees. Their resumés in turn will be quickly rejected.

Early arrival for appointment

If an applicant is scheduled for an exam or interview at a later date, it is important for him/her to arrive on time. It is recommended to arrive 10 to 15 minutes ahead of scheduled time to prepare body and mind for whatever is scheduled to be done. Failure to do so will definitely give a bad first impression to the employer.


“Applicants who have not brought a pen may leave”. Even as many graduate applicants were recently students, chances were they sometimes forget or lose their pen on their way to the classroom. In the process of employment, applicants who retain the habit of not bringing a pen anywhere they go will likely be rejected on the companies’ screening process just because of this single fact.

It is important for graduates not only to focus on preventing mistakes in applying for a job, but also show off what they have earned from their many years of education. A new graduate who believes on his or her own skills and traits has a much higher chance of getting hired than someone else who has superior qualifying credentials but lacks confidence.

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7 Responses to “Common Mistakes Why Fresh Graduates Fail To Land A Job”

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  3. Comment made by Franc Ramon on Jul 20th 2015 at 6:14 pm: Reply

    Another important thing is having the right amount of information in the CV. Decision makers have little time to go through voluminous CV so choose which information matters and not and we could use the cover letter as a good recap of our credentials.

  4. Comment made by Irish on Jul 18th 2015 at 10:35 pm: Reply

    Being a fresh graduate is sort of scary. I remember the first time I tried searching for a job. It was unnerving because I had no idea what to do and how to act in interview. Back then, internet wasn’t as helpful like now so everything I did was from what I learned in our subject when I was in college.

  5. Comment made by Fred on Jul 18th 2015 at 10:08 pm: Reply

    There should always be a good impression on the first interview. Sometimes that first impression decides the deal. The neatness of the paper requirements carry weight for me too.

  6. Comment made by Bluedreamer27 on Jul 17th 2015 at 11:48 pm: Reply

    so it turns out that it is not always the government’s fault.. sometimes applicants are at fault too… following these guidelines/tips will help them get the job!
    Thanks for sharing

  7. Comment made by papaleng on Jul 17th 2015 at 10:20 pm: Reply

    Perfect tips for fresh grads seeking employment must know. share this one to my nephew.

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