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5 Top Tips For Graduates Looking For A Job
You’ve successfully graduated from University after years of hard work and determination, only to hit a brick wall. What to do next? Where do I start to find a job?
The first thing to do is don’t panic as this happens to most post-grad students. Here are some tips to help land you the perfect job.
- Be ready. First things first, have you got your CV and an outstanding cover letter that is going to stand out from the rest of the applicants at the ready? If not, this should be your first priority. If you’re having difficulty, here are some great tips for writing an impressive CV. Sell yourself like you’ve never done before and make sure to include every working experience you have as this will help you gain credibility. Spend some time on perfecting your CV as this is the only thing a potential employer has to determine whether or not they would like to invite you for an interview. Don’t copy and paste your cover letter. Pick out the parts of your study and any work experience that you feel will benefit your potential new employer and match their job description.
- Don’t stop learning. As a student it’s very easy to move back home, collapse onto your bed with a sigh and begin the often depressing mission to find a job. Now is the time to get proactive. Whilst you apply for jobs, visit your local community, approaching businesses in the area to ask if there are any work experience/internship opportunities available. It may not pay well, if at all, but experience is priceless and will show your future employer that you are keen to learn and grow. Also stay up to date on industry or association news that is relevant to the field you want to enter. Topical information can be useful to talk about in an interview. Staying active, getting yourself out there, you’ll find yourself more optimistic.
- Build your network. LinkedIn is the best place to be for professionals. There are over 500 million users including businesses and organisations and if you have a particular set of companies in mind you would like to work for, connecting with their employees is often a great way to get your foot in the door. Think of your LinkedIn profile as an online summary of your CV. You have the ability to list all of your qualifications, previous work experience and people you have previously dealt with can leave a recommendation to give potential employers and colleagues an insight to how reliable and great you are to work with. Many companies advertise vacancies directly on LinkedIn so keep all your options open.
- Involve family and friends. Where better a place to start your search than with the people who are rooting for you to get a job the most? Ask your mum, dad, auntie, uncle, cousin, partner, friends and your best friends brothers’ friends dad (you get the point). Ask everyone you know if they know of any job vacancies in your forte. You never know who could know someone/something that could lead you to the right person.
- Don’t give up. Finding a job is extremely difficult, and finding one that you actually feel you would excel in makes it even harder. But if there is one thing you take away from reading this article it is to not give up. The key to success is patience and persistence. Use your time effectively and wisely by bettering yourself so that you are ready to take on any challenge.
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