4 unmissable graduate job seeker tips
September 27 2019 , 0 Comments
Finding a graduate job after university is rarely easy but there are plenty of actions you can take to boost your chances of success.
The university bubble has to burst eventually and when it does it’s down to you to decide where you want your career to take you. Whatever path and profession you decide to pursue, finding a graduate job that will support your development and enable you to progress is important.
The good news is there are plenty of fantastic graduate opportunities out there that will enable you to kick-start a successful career. However, in order to secure one of these opportunities, you’ll have some tough competition to see off first.
If you want to stand out from the crowd and set yourself up for a successful job search, take a look at the tips below.
1. Don’t get lazy with your CV
When it comes to looking for a graduate job, your CV is one of the first hurdles you’ll need to tackle and it’s crucial you get it right. Firstly, your CV should be up to date, formatted well and it must showcase your qualifications, skills and experience. Keep in mind that initially your CV is all you have to impress an employer and convince them that you are worth interviewing.
Once you have put your CV together, you should ask friends, family members or a career adviser to check it and give you feedback. A second or third pair of eyes will more likely pick up on any spelling or grammatical mistakes.
And once you’ve perfected your CV, the work doesn’t end there. You’ll need to tailor it to every single role you apply for to ensure that you highlight how well you fit the requirements. Tailoring your CV for every application is time consuming, but if you get lazy and take a blanket approach you could miss out on some excellent opportunities.
2. Know what you are looking for
If you’re a graduate that knows exactly what career path you want to take, then you’re in a great position to start your job search. However, for many graduates, making a decision about the types of role to look for is more difficult. With hundreds of options available to you, it’s understandable that making a firm decision on one is tough especially when you haven’t had experience in the field.
While you may be tempted to just start looking at graduate jobs and applying for anything that takes your fancy, you’ll be in a much stronger position if you narrow down your options first.
To help you narrow down your choices you should start by thinking about what you are naturally good at and what you enjoy/have an interest in. From here you can start researching industries and sectors that seem to match up with your strengths and interests. Taking a career personality test may help you identify careers to research. Having conducted some more in-depth research, you should be in a better position to pinpoint standout careers that you can target when conducting your job search.
3. Broaden your job search
Looking at and registering with online job sites is a good starting point for your graduate job search, but there’s a lot more you can do.
Don’t miss out on the opportunities appearing on social media as many companies will post their vacancies here before anywhere else. This means you can get ahead of your competition with an early application. In order to make the most of job hunting on social media, you should follow/like companies and recruiters that you are interested in. Then you can keep an eye out for new opportunities and benefit from advice that appears too.
Registering your CV with relevant graduate recruiters is also a good option if you want to be the first to hear about new opportunities in your area. They will be advertising new graduate jobs all the time, so get in touch with any that are relevant to you and see how they can help.
4. Make an action plan
Conducting your graduate job search will take time and effort. It’s also natural for you to start feeling demotivated if you’ve invested in applications and aren’t getting anywhere. However, if you can put a clear plan of action in place you will be able to stay motivated and position yourself for success.
Setting yourself small goals will help keep your job search on track. For example, you may set yourself time periods that you will commit to job hunting and you may want to apply for a certain number of jobs each week. Don’t forget to give yourself breaks as well, so you have the chance to recharge and refocus.
Bringing it all together
Finding the right graduate opportunity for you is important and therefore you’ll need to be committed to your job search. Remember, it will all be worth it when you receive a job offer and get started with your career.