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Top Job Search Tips for Graduates
Finding a new job can be a daunting task, there’s no doubt about it, and finding a job after graduation can be even more of a formidable endeavour. By keeping calm, organised and utilising available resources, your job hunt can be far easier, productive and relevant to you.
The following hints and tips will help you plan an effective strategy:
1. Prepare Your CV
Get your CV polished up and have a think about covering letters and what you may need to put into it. There are many resources available, including our C.V. and Cover Letter guides!
2. Maintain a Good Personal Brand
Ensure your personal brand, or at least, public profiles are professional and presentable. Think about the social media sites you use and tidy them up accordingly, and if you’re not on Linkedin, join up and complete your profile. Take a look at the good advice in 5 tips for honing your personal brand.
3. Polish Up Your Grammar and Spelling
Check your Spelling, refine your grammar, make sure you have the correct name and relevant details. This applies to your CV, covering letters, applications and all further correspondence. It WILL be noticed if you are sloppy. There’s an abundance of software freely available to help out here so absolutely no excuses – our preferred tool is Grammarly.
4. Make the Most of Job Boards
Head over to our online job board and use our advanced search tool to make sure you don’t miss any job opportunities. The advanced search function allows you to drill down on relevant words, phrases, locations, salary and types of job. You’ll soon become aware of the current phrases words and options that suit your requirements.
5. Tailor Every Application
It’ s crucial you adapt your cv and covering letter for each and every job you apply for. This doesn’t mean completely changing your CV with every application but it does mean you need to thoroughly scrutinize the job posting to identify the skills and requirements necessary. You can then tweak your cover letter and CV to highlight areas mentioned, demonstrating why you are the very best person for the job.
6. Acquire the Advantage
The UK job market currently has the highest number of first class degree graduates than ever before. Boost your employability and gain the edge by volunteering or doing some unpaid work for experience. Check out the fantastic free online courses available, choose something unconnected to your degree to boost your skills and showcase your diversity.
7. Research Different Companies and Job Roles
think about what you are looking for carefully, once you have identified and covered no.4 (above), you’ll have a good idea of how/what/who and where to search. Make life far easier by setting up an alert that will email you every time a job comes onto the market matching your criteria.
8. Don’t Forget Your Soft Skills
Employers are now looking for more than just academic achievements and experienced candidates. Possessing relevant soft skills has proven to be an important factor in today’s selection process. Skills such as problem-solving, creativity, verbal and written communication, emotional intelligence and negotiation, to name but a few, are ever more important to employers. You can demonstrate on your cv and interview by think of scenarios and situations where your soft skills have been highly beneficial, helped improve or resolve a situation or give you an advantage in a particular scenario.
9. Prepare for Interviews
Research and learn about the company interviewing you, know the position – not only from the spec but google it and others that match, wear an appropriate outfit (default formal suit, but don’t be afraid to ask the dress code), research potential and commonly used questions and have an idea of potential answers, prepare a few questions you may want to ask at the end. Keep things natural and don’t be afraid to smile (not continually like a Cheshire cat of course!)
10. Look Further Afield
Keep an open mind, explore other areas, industries and positions. Browse our Popular Jobs page for some inspiration!
11. Keep Motivated
Job searching takes time and effort, there’s no denying. Motivate yourself by taking regular exercise, breaking frequently and using the tools available to make the job hunt quicker and more effective.
12. Remain Positive
It’s par for the course with job hunting that there will be rejection. Treat each and every application, conversation, and interview as a learning curve and experience building situation. If you are unsuccessful, ensure you ask for feedback. It’s important to take time to reflect, digest and learn, but don’t dwell on it for too long revive your search as quickly as possible.
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