Career advice for graduates on enhancing their job finding skills – Part I

Looking for career advice 20 or 30 years ago was really quite simple. You simply knocked on a few company doors, answered a newspaper ad or joined your father’s firm.

Today, with the explosion of information, communication and job opportunities, the methods for finding a job have expanded.

We have job sites, recruitment fairs, dedicated newspaper recruitment pages, job agencies, social networking sites, company websites and networking events all available to help you find a job. This is good news, but it can make finding a job today seem daunting when you have to consider all these options.

You do not need to employ all of these but, obviously, the more you do the greater your chances of finding a job more quickly. Let us explore each of them.

Job sites for graduates to help with career advice

Job sites, such as GradJobs, which is specifically aimed at graduates, are great for bringing all types of graduate level jobs in one place. This makes it easier to find positions open to graduates since all the career advice offered is geared toward people at your stage, with minimal work experience. It saves you a lot of time and effort having to sort through relevant posts on a job site aimed at the general job-seeking public. You are therefore less likely suffer disappointment from seeing jobs you would love to go for but have little chance of getting.

Job fairs also offer career help

Job fairs are another great way to find a job. Here you have lots of graduate recruiters under one roof all looking for employees with your level of experience. Not only will you find more jobs open to graduates, but the career help offered by employers who attend recruitment fairs tend to provide career advice on job-finding essentials such as CV help, interview skills training and career coaching. Dress the part, come along with a clear idea of what you are looking for, research the companies you want to speak to and give some insight into what you can offer the company, not just what you want to get from them.

Newspapers dedicated to job sectors

Newspapers recruitment pages can also work effectively to make it easier for you to find the job you want when they have dedicated sections. For example the Guardian has issues dedicated to industry sectors that are published on specific days of the week so if you are looking for a job in IT you get the paper on a Thursday, if you are looking for a job in the social sector you would get the paper on a Wednesday and so forth. Papers such as the Standard tend to have sections dedicated to each area, so you would look under specific headings for the job you are looking for.

Local jobs for graduates

Regional papers are great for helping you to find a job in your local area. This is where you are likely to find most local authorities, health services and government agencies tend to advertise, so if you want to work not too far from home you can find some great opportunities here in a wide range of job areas.

If you are trying to find a job but don’t have enough experience to compete against other candidates you might also use the companies you come across to approach for an internship. Finding an internship in London is very competitive, so you want to need to be just as determined when looking for them.

To explore further job-finding skills options, read Part II of Career advice for graduates on enhancing their job finding skills

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