As a student, once you’ve completed your university course, now’s the time to find a graduate job. It can often be a stressful experience searching for employment so it’s a good idea to start looking in the first year or third year of your course. There are plenty of things you can do to help secure a graduate job. The sooner you begin the process of knowing just which type of job you would like, the more successful you’re likely to be.
Graduate jobs can be difficult to find. More students than ever before are obtaining degrees so you need to get a head start. You need to stand out from other graduate applicants when applying for your dream job.
Here are some tips to help secure the job you’ve always wanted.
- Consider the location of the position – with so many graduate jobs around in different companies, it’s best to keep an open mind. The location is very important. Let’s face it, you don’t want to spend a lot of cash or time commuting. Ask yourself are you willing to move house to find suitable employment?
- Your degree isn’t definitive – whichever subject your degree is in, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to work in that discipline. Lots of companies employ graduates no matter what their qualifications are. Say for instance you have a degree in geography, you don’t have to be a geography teacher. What you do need are transferable abilities and skills you can bring to a company.
- Build up your experience – graduates need to build up experience so the more you have the better. Stay flexible and be prepared to work in a company you may not have thought specific to your long-term plans. This will not only give you an edge when the right job becomes available, it can also assist in your general understanding of working life.
- Applying for jobs – make sure you research the company or companies you are applying to for a job. Going for an interview is often a nerve-wracking experience. Remember, always have an up-to-date CV one that’s specific to the needs of the employer. Do some research in advance. Find out about the core of the business and the particular role you are interested in.
- Use social media – make yourself known by using social media like LinkedIn. Create a profile that looks professional and organised. Why not make connections with professionals who work in the area you have chosen for yourself? Network as much as you can to tap into the job market or discuss your aspirations with lecturers, family and friends. They might just know someone who is looking for a graduate like you.
Finally, take the good with the bad. You may be turned down for some jobs or you might be lucky enough to secure a post first time around. It takes time to make job applications look good and appealing, so don’t rush things. Be patient and you will be rewarded with the ideal career you’ve been looking for.