Graduates, you have allot to offer
This was taken from Felix Kipalan’s Linked in Pulse (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/graduates-you-have-allot-offer-so-share-your-vitaes-cv-felix-kipalan/). It is an advise that is worth sharing.
I recently reviewed a CV for one of the graduates of Eco Services and thought to share some of my feedback to this young graduate that maybe relevant for other young graduates. The Social Enterprise helps young graduates from university secure employment following a yearlong graduate development program. This article is broadly targeting youth but more specifically pacific islanders and in particular Papua New Guinean’s living in PNG.
This is my first Article talking about the work that I do for the Social Enterprise.
A bit about my personal story
But before I give my advice, let me qualify myself a little. When the Eco Services first started as an organisation, I was also learning about basic Human Resource (HR) concepts, principles and processes so most of what I am saying is knowledge concerning the process improvements that Eco Services have attempted to make over the last nine years. In addition, the knowledge is also based on my working career; I learnt that HR isn’t very good when it comes to helping people develop their CV’s and HR in general – this statement is a reflection of my personal experiences and can be an over generalisation.
A bit of Inspiration
Sometimes working for free can be a little taxing so it’s good when you have others around you that are doing similar work to motivate and inspire. One person that has been an inspiration for me recently in terms of CV writing is my co Digicel Men of Honour Finalist – Lazarus Towa, who was also PNG’s rep for Commonwealth Youth Forum. His message is simple “I want to make others happy”. Check out the links below for some related information on Lazarus Towa and Digicel Men of Honour Award.
Why do we have to share?
There are probably a couple of reasons in terms of achieving your goals of finding employment. Here just four
- Don’t undervalue your own network: Your network of friends and “wantoks” may already have employment and it’s a good way of letting them know what you are doing so they can be an advocate for you to secure employment – basically they become your informal referee’s about your experience, skills and importantly your attitude. I am sure I don’t have to tell you how powerful social media is now a days compared to when I was looking for employment in the 90’s and early 2000’s
- Keeping your referee’s informed informally: If you are friends with your referee’s than they will be able to see your experiences and skills that you have acquired and importantly appreciate the kind of person you are (your character) and your approach to employment in general.
- The power of a strong alumni: The alumni, for any organisation is powerful if used to effect. At Eco Services, we try to keep the alumni updated on graduate’s development. In addition, we encourage graduates to get on LinkedIn and connect alumni and ask the alumni to introduce graduates to their professional network so their professional network.
- Ambassador for your organisation: By sharing your experiences, skills and attitude you are being a positive ambassador to your current organisation and shows future employees what kind of a person you are.
So when do we share at Eco Services
For eco services, general speaking we aim to ensure graduates update their CV’s on a monthly basis following the end of month reporting, presentations and performance appraisals. Once the CV is updated then LinkedIn is updated and relevant information is shared on various social media platforms (Instagram and Facebook).
Credit / reference
The following are some references I have mentioned in the article or that you may find interesting: