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Why is finding a job so difficult?

Especially for college students, navigating the job market can be challenging for several reasons. Students can benefit from acknowledging and preparing for these reasons, as it streamlines the recruitment process. Here are some of the key factors that contribute to the difficulty:

Lack of Skills Amid High Competition Many entry-level jobs still require some experience, which current students and recent graduates often lack. Furthermore, a vast number of students are seeking entry-level jobs, intensifying competition.

Internships and part-time jobs during college help, but they are competitive and difficult to obtain. Start by identifying your skill gaps — the skills employers require that you lack. The most demanded skills will repeatedly appear on job descriptions for different companies. Consider how long the skill would remain relevant in the fast-changing job market. Constantly addressing skill gaps can help you remain knowledgeable even after you get a job.

Keep yourself aware of both soft and hard skills. Soft skills highly valued by employers include communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. These skills can be demonstrated through mechanisms other than education and similar qualifications. For instance, organizing a fundraiser in a team within a short period. Think creatively!

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