Acclaimed author J.K. Rowling might be treating the world to a new, strictly adult novel this Thursday (27 September), but for many she will always be known as the writer who introduced the world to Harry Potter – a world which offers much food for thought for job hunters or graduates in their first job:
Chasing the golden snitch
While it is always worth keeping your eye on the prize, or your dream job, the current jobs market unfortunately means you have to be realistic. Don’t give up hope of ever landing your ideal job, but it is worth branching out a little and applying for jobs slightly outside your chosen industry to get plucked from the graduate talent pool
You have to get hit by a couple of Bludgers before closing in on the golden snitch – or try a few flavours of Bertie Bott’s beans before finding one that isn’t akin to vomit or earwax. On the bright side, people do say it’s easier to get a job when you’re in a job.
Try to keep track of what everyone in the company does (although don’t solemnly swear you’re up to no good). That way, you’ll have a better overall understanding of the business and how it works, which is fundamental if you want to move up in the company or be given the chance to shoulder extra responsibility. Taking an interest in different parts of the company also shows employers that you genuinely care about your work, which is never a bad thing.
While graduates might wish they could swap their graduate caps for the sorting hat and get assigned to a job, it’s not quite that simple. Although there are some websites which will help set you on the right path
, finding a job requires a huge amount of time and effort on your part. Be willing to put in the hours and you are sure to reap the rewards – but remember to take a break!
There are so many other gadgets and accessories from the world of Harry Potter which would be incredibly helpful. How about breaking the fetters of convention and sending your CV to potential employers by owl; sending Howlers to those who reject you and your spellbinding skill set; or flying your car to work skip the rush hour traffic and help you arrive on time?
Sadly, however, it is a fictional world, so you’re probably better off sticking to these top tips instead.