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

In part one of this article on career advice for graduates on enhancing their job finding skills, we looked at how daunting it can feel as a graduate searching for a job in today’s employment market.

We explored several of the options opened to you to look for a job and some of the additional benefits offered by some of these sources. For example, at a job career fair aimed at graduates you can find clinics that offer job interview coaching, CV help and general career coaching.

At the end of the article, for those without the necessary experience to find the job they want, we suggested using the sources for finding a job to find companies to approach if you are looking for an internship in London.

In this article, we explore further options graduates can use to enhance their job-finding skills and to widen the options used to find the job they want.

The trade press offers great career advice

Trade press is a fantastic way of finding a job in specific sectors. Every industry or trade will have magazines, newspapers and websites dedicated to career advice targeted at people who work in that sector. This is good news for anyone who wants to get into the sector. They tend to have jobs targeted at people with some experience in that area already, which you can easily get around if you have done work experience, voluntary work or have engaged in a hobby or interest with skills that would be useful in that area.

Agencies are source of job vacancies and interview skills training

Job agencies can prove useful in two ways. First of all they make it easier for you to find and apply for a job in the sector you are looking for and, secondly, the recruitment consultants can look out for the jobs and contact you when something comes up. They can also point you to interview training courses and help with interview coaching. You will need to register with these agencies, a process that is usually began when you actually apply for a job via the agency.

Finding career help on social networks

Social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn have helped many people step into a new job. LinkedIn have groups dedicated to specific interest or sectors where you can find postings for opportunities in dedicated job board sections. Many recruitment agencies and companies have Facebook pages where they paste opportunities as they come up. If an opening comes up you can be the first to apply. You can also pick up interview coaching tips to help with career development.

Directly on company websites

Some company websites have a current vacancies section where they post opportunities you can apply for directly. You can also email the company directly on the off chance that they may have something coming up in the near future which they may not have posted on their website. This is perhaps the most opportunistic way to find a job because there is no guarantee that there will be anything available and, unless it is a large company with lots of potential positions, you are betting for a small chance that it will bring any yields.

Network your way into a job

Networking is another way to find opportunities. Networking can take a wide range of forms, from dedicated network events with specific outcomes (networking events for people interested in marketing, for example) to informal networking events (attending a talk or conference in the hope that you may be able to speak to people in the sector of your interest). You need to be creative to spot opportunities, to have a specific aim in mind and to be confident in approaching prospects.

So here you have some of the main methods of finding yourself a job. In order to increase your chances of success you need to employ a mixture of these so that you have a number of factors working for you.

Graduate Coach can help to improve your chances with any of these methods by providing career coaching on a range of essential skills, such as CV and career coaching, interview skills and finding an internship in London.

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