How to look for a job after University
February 21 2020 , 0 Comments
You have finished your degree, met some amazing people, had some long library nights and also partied a few nights away. So, what's next? Finding a job might be a bit of a challenge. However, it may be the next step for you. Here are some tips to help you start your job search after completing uni!
Explore Your Career Options
Of course, it is okay not to know what you want to do. As ultimately, you want to find a job that you enjoy, so try to find something that interests you and is a company that you believe in. And if it so happens that you decide your degree subject isn’t for you, then at least you know that!
Now is the time to look through your options, as you most likely don’t have experience in any specific sector, you can shop around for many different jobs in different sectors. Even if you do not land your dream job, employment is still a good experience and helps you realise which direction you do want to head towards.
Also, think outside of the box! Although many graduates may be jumping straight into a graduate position or similar, it is also a good time to look at other opportunities. Maybe you could even consider applying for an internship. Even if the salary may not be as high, doing an internship is a perfect way to enter the world of work as a recent graduate. In addition to helping you make connections with professionals, it will also help you learn a lot!
Filter Your Job Search
Once you have a rough idea of what you want to achieve, start by filtering down your job search. If you know the job category, start thinking about where you would like to work. Do you have a particular city in mind? Using job boards is a good example of when you can filter your search, select regions and categories to help your job search, saving you time!
It is also important to make sure you filter your searches properly! It probably isn’t the best idea to be searching for jobs that require a First class degree, when you only have a 2:1.
Use Social Media!
Social media is a powerful and successful tool in helping with job searches. So reach out to others through the platforms, whether it's messaging a friend on Facebook who works in a specific area or following sector news on LinkedIn. Both get you engaging in the sector you are looking for a job in.
While you are there, make sure that your profiles are clean and up to date. If you are connecting on LinkedIn, then you need to make sure that you highlight that you are open to job opportunities. When it comes round to the application process, your potential employer may have a little nosey through your social media. By checking that all your posts and interactions are employer-friendly, you will avoid a surprise rejection due to your social profile.
Update Your Professional Profiles
Once you have found a job that suits you, you need to make sure your application is the best that it can be. Focus all your energy on it to help you achieve! Likewise, with cleaning and refreshing your social media, you will also need to do this with your CV.
If you apply with a CV 3 years old, then it is going to be a total waste of time! Update your CV with your new skills, languages and even relevant undergraduate projects should be included as they add value and experience to your CV.
Tailor Your Application
Again, there is no point going through the effort of sending your CV if it isn’t specific to the role. This is especially important when applying to graduate positions as, sadly, you may have plenty of competition.
A recruiter only needs 6 seconds to scan your CV and realise that you have sent it to as many recruiters as possible. They are looking for something that highlights that you have taken the time to make sure your CV suits them. Be sure to read each job offer carefully when writing your CV to know what profile they are looking for. Whether it is mentioning specific skills relevant for the job or highlighting your interest in the job position, these will be noted.
Include a Cover Letter!
One thing that can never be missing from a job application is a cover letter. Especially if you have a profile with limited previous work experience, you must show that you have the necessary motivation and willingness to work.
Like your CV, your motivation letter must be specific to the job and company you are applying to, so avoid general statements that anyone could make. A cover letter is not only why you want to do a job, but also why you want to work in that specific company. It is your chance to convince them that you fit in with their work culture and that you share the same values of the company. It really can be the make or break part of your application, so make sure you take the time to produce a tailored cover letter for each application.
Once you have these tips applied to your job search, all you have to do is apply! The rest will follow. Don't forget to be consistent and stay positive about everything. Looking for a job is not always fun, and you may not get the first position you send your CV to, however, it will be worth it!
Written by Rebecca Hart, an Online Marketer at StudentJob UK. If you are starting your job search but not sure where to start, then check out StudentJob. Our application tips will help you create an effective CV, cover letter and help you smash interviews!