So you’ve invested heavily in getting your degree and have just set out putting into practice what you have learned in a real world scenario. Getting a job after graduation can be very difficult in today’s challenging economic environment, the labour market is no different. According to one study by High Flyers Research there are 46 graduates chasing every position advertised.
Therefore there is even more pressure on graduates to be seen and to stand out in such a crowded and competitive marketplace. Below we have put some useful tips to help you after you graduate and begin your job search. If you follow these tips your new job will be closer than you think.
Create a perfect CV - Your CV is your main opportunity to really sell yourself and your unique skills as a person. It is best for you to avoid using generic statements that could be seen as impersonal and not really representive of you as an individual. Most job agencies will know if you have used one of the many CV template builders and generic words like “ I am people orientated”. You need to demonstrate that you can think outside of the box. Use examples throughout from projects or activities that you have led or played a key role in. your CV to highlight and add. Also remember to tailor your covering letter to each company that you have applied for.
Realise the importance of networking - Never underestimate how the main social platforms and the traditional meet and greet can enhance and make you more employable. In today’s market you need to make connections with the most influential people, both on and offline. Attend prominent connection events where you can get to know people. Conversely your online presence needs to be just as active. Register on professional networking sites like LinkedIn and connect with people who can benefit you in the long term. Facebook and twitter can also be helpful in offering advice and can open up new and exciting career opportunities.
Keep track of the positions and role that you have applied for - Always make sure that you have all of the relevant company details aside just in case you land that interview. There is nothing worse than turning up to an interview knowing little about the company, its key services/products or the position that you are applying for. This will always look unprofessional to the interviewer, and may hinder your chances of landing the job. Gather as much of the relevant data that you may need from company websites, financial reports and newspaper accounts.
Be prepared to ask questions - We always like to say that an interview is a two way process. If it is one part of a selection process then do not be afraid to ask for clarification on the format of the interview or if you can expect other competency based tests or technical assessments. We advise to have a list of key questions that you may wish to ask the interviewer at the end. This will help to show your interest in the company and the position available.
Written by Jennifer Megafu