How to market yourself for employers after college

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It’s hard for college graduates to get an entry-level position, no matter where they live or what their trade may be. With millions unemployed across the world due to uncertain economic factors, everyone is trying their best to look like they have what it takes to get hired by an employer. Even hugely qualified young professionals with years of academic research and training are struggling to find a decent job. As a relatively recent college graduate myself, I can sympathize with this difficult journey.

But there are certain steps you can take to increase your prospects and better the chances that an employer might take notice of your skills. Though I can’t promise that these tips and refinements to your job search will guarantee you a position, I do think that it could help market you to employers that might have passed over you otherwise.

So let’s look at some of the basic ways to boost your marketability.

Establish yourself on the web as a hungry young professional

The age-old method of getting a job through submitting a CV and a cover letter won’t change anytime soon—those two documents are necessary parts of the employment process. But, there are other key factors now that can heavily influence whether you get a job, and most of them involve the web.

What I’m talking about specifically is your online social media presence. Do you have a Facebook or a Twitter account? If so, do you use them as platforms to find business connections and promote your professional skills? Or do you use these services for socializing and sharing pictures? You’ll probably have a better chance landing a job if you use the web to fulfill your career ambitions than to chat with friends all day. At the very least, I urge you to join a professional network like LinkedIn so that you can connect with professionals in your industry.

Craft an impeccable and compelling CV

Like I said earlier, your CV isn’t the only thing that matters when applying for a job, but it’s certainly one of the most important documents in the process. When you’re drafting your CV, keep in mind that you’ll be submitting it to employers who likely get hundreds if not thousands of CVs every day from hopeful job applicants. You have to think about what you can say and prove in your CV that convinces potential employers that you’re the right person for a job.

There are some ways to refine your résumé:

  1. Use specific details and numbers to explain clear facts about your skills and experience.
  2. Explain exactly how your unique skill sets could benefit the employer in the position offered; you want to convince them that you’re the one person who can do the job the right way.
  3. Don’t use buzzwords like “self-starter” and “dependable” unless you can back it up with specific examples.

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Acquire valuable experience outside of college

One of the most difficult aspects of applying for a job right after college is that most applicants lack real world experience that many companies require for their available positions. A college grad might have all the theoretical knowledge about a subject, but that isn’t always enough even for entry-level jobs. In that case, college grads might want to pursue projects outside of class or after they graduate to prove that they can apply their education in productive ways, even if they don’t have a job.

The easiest way to do apply yourself in such a way is to take to the web with your skills. Start a blog, try to freelance, do SOMETHING that you can show to a potential employer that proves you tried to make use of your education. If you started a blog or even a small online business, at least it shows potential employers that you didn’t sit idle as you looked for work. If anything, it proves that you have initiative.

NCC Special Entry Scheme – Short Service Commission – Indian Army

Indian Army

Indian Army is looking for a few good Men and Women. For the best and the brightest amongst you. For men/ women with intellect, idealism and courage. Applications are invited from unmarried/ married male and unmarried female or widow of defence candidates for grant of Short Service Commission (SSC) in the Indian Army.

Vacancies: 54 posts – 50 posts for male (Gen-45, Wards of Battle Casualties-5) and 04 posts for women (10% reserved for wards of Battle Casualties of Army only)

Age: Not below 19 years and not over 25 years (not born earlier than 02 Jan 1990 and not later than 01 Jan 1996)

The Criteria of NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders to appear directly for SSB for SSC (Non-Technical) at Officers Training Academy, Chennai: (i) Educational Qualification: Degree of a recognised University or equivalent with aggregate of least 50% marks taking into account marks of all years. (ii) Service in NCC: Should have served for minimum two academic years in the senior Division of NCC (iii) Grading: Should have a minimum of ‘B’ Grade in ‘C’ Certificate Exam of NCC.

Wards of Battle Casualties: Holding of NCC ‘C’ Certificate at the time of filling of applications not required. Wards of Battle Casualties send their applications direct to Addl. Dte. Gen of Recruiting, Recruiting NCC Entry, West Block-III, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066. A letter to the effect that the parent has been killed/ wounded/ reported missing in action issued by MP/Dte/ Respective Regimental Records and a copy of Part II Order notifying injuries and being classified as Battle Casualties in case of Service/Medically boarded out pers. Last date for receipt of application at Rtg Dte 08/08/2014 for this category.

Pay Scale & Stipend: Stipend during the period of training is Rs.21000/-. On completion they will be commissioned as Lt in the pay scale of Rs.15600-39100 wth Grade Pay Rs. 5400 and MSP Rs. 6000/- and other allowances.

Method of Selection: All Applications in the prescribed format will be forwarded to Rtg. Directorate (NCC) through HQ DG NCC. The NCC Units/GP HQs will send the applications to State Directorates who in turn will send the same to Hq DG NCC. On arrival at the SSB, the Shortlisted candidates will be administered stage-1 of the two stage testing procedure.

Medical Examination: Candidates recommended by the SSB will go under Medical Examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers.

How to Apply: Apply on the plain paper as per the prescribed format. Applications should be posted to the Units from where the NCC ‘C’ certificate has been issued. Applications of candidates serving in the Armed Forces duly counter-signed by the commanding Officer should be sent to the OC, NCC West Block- IV , R.K. Puram, New Delhi – 110066. All NCC units will send the application to DDG, NCC of the concerned state. DDG NCC will process all applications and send them to Dte Gen NCC.

Last date of receipt of application at NCC Bn/GP Hq – 08/08/2014. Further detail about this entry scheme and application form can be seen at

Application form is also available at

50 Junior Engineer – New Delhi Municipal Council


New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) invites Online applications to fill up following posts on contract basis for One year or till regular selection is made by DSSSB whichever is earlier:

  • Junior Engineer (Electrical): 50 posts (UR- 35, SC-9, ST-4, OBC-17) (1 PH)

Pay: Rs. 28,475/- P.M.

Age: 18-30 years (Relaxation as per rules)

Qualification: Degree in Electrical Engineering OR Diploma in Electrical Engineering with 2 years experience.

How to Apply: Apply Online at NDMC website on or before 07/08/2014 only.

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300 Special Management Executives – State Bank of India

State Bank of India (SBI)

State Bank of India (SBI), India’s Largest Commercial Bank invites online applications for the following posts of Special Management Executives:

  • Special Management Executives: 135 posts in MMGS-II Scale, Age: 25-35 years, Pay Scale: Rs. 19400 – 28100, Experience: 2 years post qualification experience
  • Special Management Executives: 165 posts in MMGS-III Scale, Age: 25-40 years, Pay Scale: Rs. 25700 – 31500, Experience: 5 years post qualification experience

Qualification (for both posts): CA/ ICWA/ ACS/ MBA/ MMS/ PGDBA/ PGPM/ PGDM

Application Fee: Rs.500/- (Rs.100/- for SC/ST/PWD) to be paid in any branch of SBI through a payment challan generated from website after registration OR by Online through Credit/ Debit Card or by Net Banking.

How to Apply: Eligible candidates may apply online at SBI website from 24/07/2014 to 11/08/2014 only.

For more information and apply online, please visit the Career with Us page at SBI website

40 Various Posts – Cement Corporation of India Limited

cement corporation of india limited (cci)

Cement Corporation of India Ltd (CCI) is looking for bright, result oriented, dynamic & energetic young Diploma Engineers and Professionals with brilliant academic record to join the organization as Junior Management Trainees at Supervisory level in the following streams – Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Systems, Personnel & Administration and Finance:

  • Junior Management Trainees: 30 posts (Mechanical-8, Electrical-6, Chemical-7, Instrumentation-2, System-3, Personnel & Admn.-2, Finance-2), Age : 27 years as on 17/08/2014., Stipend and Pay : The selected candidates will be paid Stipend @ Rs.10000/- per month during the 1st year of training period and Rs.10500/- during the remaining 6 months / extended training period. After successful completion of the training, they will be absorbed at S-1 level as Junior Engineer Grade-II / Jr.Officer Grade-II in the pay scale of Rs.12500- 3% -30400 (IDA 2007) at the basic pay of Rs.12500/-.
  • General Manager (Tech./Projects)/ Addl.Gen.Manager (Tech./Projects): 02 posts
  • Addl.Gen.Mgr. (Maint. & Services)/ Dy.Gen.Mgr. (Maint. & Services): 01 post
  • Sr. Manager (Finance): 01 post
  • Sr. Manager (HR) (With Legal background): 01 post
  • Manager (Marketing): 01 post
  • Dy. Manager (Security)/ Security Officer: 01 post
  • Sr. Manager (Legal) – E-04 / Manager (Legal) –E03 / Dy. Manager (Legal) – E02: 01 post
  • Manager (Mines) – E-03/ Dy. Manager (Mines) – E02: 02 posts

How to Apply: Interested candidates may send their applications the prescribed format in duly completed in all respects as mentioned above by ordinary post on or before 22/08/2014 in the cover super scribed “Application for Junior Management Trainee ______ Discipline” and send the same at the following address : Manager (Personnel), Cement Corporation of India Ltd, Post Box No. 3061, Lodhi Road Post Office. New Delhi-110003.

Complete advertisement and application format is available at

15 Scientists Posts – National Chemical Laboratory

National Chemical Laboratory NCL

National Chemical Laboratory is a premier research institution under CSIR, New Delhi, conducting research, development and consultancy services in chemical and related sciences. NCL invites applications from Indian Nationals for placement in the following scientific positions:

  • Sr. Principal Scientist/ Principal Scientist: 03 posts, Pay Scale : Rs.37400-67000 Grade Pay Rs. 8900 / Rs.8700, Age : 50/ 45 years
  • Sr. Scientist / Scientist: 12 posts (UR-6, OBC-3, SC-2, ST-1), Pay Scale: PB-3 Rs. 15600 – 39100 grade pay Rs.7600 / Rs. 6600, Age : 37 / 32 years

Application Fee: Demand Draft for Rs.100/‐ drawn on any nationalized bank in favour of “Director, CSIR ‐ National Chemical Laboratory” payable at Pune. The following details must be filled up on back side of Demand Draft (i) Candidate’s Name, (ii) Candidate’s Category, (iii) Post Code Applied For. The candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ PH/ Women/ CSIR Employees/ Abroad Candidates category are exempted from submission of application fee.

How to Apply: Apply online at NCL website from 21/07/2014 to 20/08/2014 only. Take print out of the system generated application form and send it on or before 05/09/2014.

For further details and apply Online, please visit Join Us at NCL website at

56 Various Job Posts – High Court of Uttarakhand

Allahabad High Court Logo

Applications are invited from all eligible candidates for the posts of Court Managers, Stenographers, clerks and peons in the High Court of Uttarakhand at Nainital and District Courts in Uttarakhand, carrying a fixed honorarium with no Dearness and/or any other allowances and without any other perquisite such as residential accommodation etc. The engagement shall be purely contractual for a fixed term till the end of 13th Finance Commission i.e till 31st March, 2015:

  • Court Managers: 14 Posts (One at High Court and one at each of the 13 District Courts) Rs. 75000/- per month
  • Stenographers: 14 Posts (One at High Court and one at each of the 13 District Courts) Rs. 10000/- per month
  • Clerks: 14 Posts (One at High Court and one at each of the 13 District Courts) Rs. 9000/- per month
  • Peons: 14 Posts (One at High Court and one at each of the 13 District Courts) Rs. 7000/- per month

Application Fee: Rs. 500/- for the post of Court Manager, Rs. 200/- for Stenographer and Clerk and Rs. 100/- for Peon through postal order or bank draft in favour of Registrar General, High Court of Uttarakhand at Nainital.

How to Apply: The application form along with one duly attested copy of Certificates and testimonials about along with two self addressed envelope (size 5″x10″) each bearing postage stamps worth Rs. 22/- should be sent to the Registrar General, High Court of Uttarakhand at Nainital on or before 11/08/2014.

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07 Faculty Posts – Gujarat Forensic Sciences University

Gujarat Forensic Sciences University | GFSU

Gujarat Forensic Sciences University is looking for the candidates for the Institute of Forensic Science having distinguished academic records, excellent communication skills, a commitment to give high quality education at PG level with expertise in the following positions:

  • Professor in Network Security: 01 post
  • Associate Professor in Digital Forensic: 01 post
  • Associate Professor in Network Security: 01 post
  • Assistant Professor in Digital Forensic: 01 post
  • Assistant Professor in Network Security: 01 post
  • Assistant Professor in Software Engineering: 01 post
  • Assistant Professor in Homeland Security: 01 post

How to Apply: Interested candidates should apply in prescribed form with detailed resume and list of recent publications, projects up to 10/08/2014 to: “The Registrar, Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar”.

Please visit for detailed information and application format.

357 Posts – Allahabad High Court

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Allahabad High Court invites application for the following posts:

  • Assistant Review Officer: 287 posts (Regular-189, Backlog-98), Pay Scale : Rs. 9300 – 34800 Grade Pay Rs. 4600/-
  • Routine Grade Clerk: 70 posts (Regular-189, Backlog-98), Pay Scale : Rs. 5200 – 20200 Grade Pay Rs. 1900/-

How to Apply: Apply Online at Allahabad High Court website from 01/08/2014 to 25/08/2014 only.

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05 Faculty Posts – Institute of Hotel Management Catering & Nutrition

Institute of Hotel Management Catering & Nutrition (IHMCN)

Institute of Hotel Management Catering & Nutrition (IHMCN) invites application for the following posts in IHM Shimla:

  • Assistant Lecturer-cum-Assistant Instructor: 05 posts (UR-2, OBC-1, SC-1, ST-1)

Pay Scale: Rs.9300-34800 grade pay Rs.4200

Age: 30 years as on 01/07/2014

How to Apply: Application in prescribed format should be send to Principal, Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology at above address on or before 16/08/2014.

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Central Teacher Eligibility Test Unit – Central Board of Secondary Education

Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE)

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Delhi will be conducting the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher for classes I to VIII on 21/09/2014. Candidates can apply On-line for CTET July-2013 on CBSE/ CTET website.

Application Fee: Rs.100/- for only paper -I or II (Rs.300/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates) OR Rs.1000/- for both papers (Rs.500/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates) online through Debit/Credit Card or download Payment Challan for payment in the designated accounts of Syndicate Bank/ Canara Bank in favour of Secretary, Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi.

How to Apply: Apply Online at CBSE CTET website from 15/07/2014 to 04/08/2014 only.

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