Once you have all your personal documents sparkling and ready to go you should feel confident to start sending off applications. I would always advise researching the company before you apply, 1) it gives you a stronger idea of whether it is something you actually want, and 2) you can add some of that research into your cover letter. Your application is the first thing your potential new employer is going to see, so you need to make it count! Remember you are going to competing against hundreds of other applicants.
When I first considered HR as a career path I did so because I strongly believed that people should feel valued, appreciated and safe within the workplace (see Why I chose HR?). This is still part of my core beliefs, but now I understand that HR needs to support the business, and in turn, the employees, to help improve company performance, encourage change and work to align the business goals with that of the employee. The good thing is these two beliefs go hand in hand. Afterall happier employees mean’s motivated employees. Higher motivation means higher performance, and that improved performance results in company growth.
Much like how you would not be expected to work in an environment where you run a high risk of being caused physical harm from poor health and safety practises, you should also not be expected to work in an environment where your mental health is at jeopardy.
I made the difficult decision to make a major change and then proceeded to commit to that change for over a year. I dealt with rejection, failure and doubt, both self as well as from my peers. I had to push myself way out of my comfort zone. My experience taught me that no one should just ‘accept’ the situation they are in. If you don’t enjoy your job, look into why and do something about it, life is too short to be stuck doing something you don’t enjoy.
Although I was in a slightly different situation to most, having been involved with the selection process, and although I myself had stated that due to the current circumstances and the subsequent day to day reduced team size I would be an unnecessary overhead, it was still disappointing to hear my manager and colleagues agree.
So you’ve just graduated from University, shook the chancellor’s hand, taken pictures with your ‘diploma’ (spoiler alert, its actually just a plastic tube) and you’re hit with the sudden realisation that you have no idea what you want to do with your life – despite the extortionate amount of money that has just gone into obtaining a piece of paper and a couple of letters at the end of your name…