As some school students nervously await their exam results their elder graduate siblings are looking for work. The good news is that there are graduate level jobs available. The not so good news is that competition has never been more fierce.
The challenge is twofold, scale down unrealistic expectations of new entrants and then encourage realistic appraisal of their skills. The coaching approach would then be to ask questions to:
– clarify what the job seeker wants from the jobs they are pursing (an adequate income; the opportunity to use their skills; room for development into a long-term career)
– support the development of a confident; approachable presentational style on paper and in person, to ensure their CV becomes one of the half dozen sifted in and they shine during their interview.
– Encourage reflection if the job search does not make the hoped for progress – what else could be done to present the candidate in the best possible light?
Keeping the candidate’s confidence up would also be part of the coaching programme, since the odds are their search for their elusive first job might take them beyond the end of the summer.