From crafting a great CV to building useful networks, the steps to landing your first job after university needn’t be daunting if you do the right things.
University was a time for figuring out what you love, working hard and setting yourself up for your future. But it was also a time for late nights, meeting new people and creating your own schedule.
When it comes life after graduation, beginning your job hunt can seem quite daunting, particularly when the headlines seem to keep telling us that there aren’t many jobs out there to find. Whilst it is true that it is not always easy to fall into a graduate job after finishing university, nor is it impossible. You can use the skills you picked up at university not only for the job itself, but also in the process of finding one. Think of all the energy and hours you put into your studies; finding a job is like a job in of itself. It requires the same amount of dedication you have had during your studies and can be a chance to put all the research, preparation, presentation and writing skills you have picked up during your studies to practical use.
Here are some useful things that all graduates should know-
‘Doom and gloom makes headlines’, but that is not all there is.
James Uffindell, founder of recruitment sites Bright Network, says, “Doom and gloom makes headlines but, believe it not, not there is a huge shortage of bright, employable graduates.” There is competition amongst the market and companies do not always receive the hundreds of applicants that many news outlets claim. Companies are constantly seeking the top talent that their businesses require. It is just up to job seekers to find the right fit!
Every connection matters.
Now more than ever, connections are extremely important for job seekers (and for professionals at any point in their career). Stay connected with your network and let trusted people know that you are job hunting and what you are looking for. Also, maintain relationships with your professors from your academic career and previous bosses from any work experience. Moreover, it is a brilliant idea to set up a LinkedIn profile with a professional photo and complete profile so you can stay connected with your network online, as well.
Clean up your social media.
In today’s digital age, prospective employers utilise social media to get to know candidates better. Be sure that your social media profiles correlate with the personal brand that you would like to present. Think of this: Would you be comfortable with your potential boss seeing your social media profile and newest post? Avoid posting anything offensive, overly political or, of course, illegal and be sure that you know exactly who can see what with your current privacy settings.
Craft a polished CV.
Recruiters often only spend up to 8 seconds looking at each CV they receive. So it is important to make sure your CV is formatted properly and has all your vital information and key skills on there. Keep the information relevant, interesting and suitable for the role you are applying for. Don’t go overboard with fancy formatting, particularly if it allows the information to become confusing or difficult to follow.
You can upload your CV on major job sites.
From there, you can search for jobs adding specific filters you require on reputable sites, such as Jobrapido, so you can find vacancies that fit your specific requirements. There are a lot of bases to cover in a job hunt, so getting your CV uploaded to a job site can help take some stress off and connect you with opportunities that fit what you are looking for. You really need to tailor each application to the role you are applying for- so be sure that the CV you are sending is suited for that specific role.
Even though there are some challenges graduates might be facing with the current job market, it is important to not put too much pressure on yourself. It may take more time than you had hoped following graduation to land a job, but it will happen. Job seeking for a week may well feel like a month if you do not receive any positive feedback, but it is a process worth continuing. You will find a position that is right for you. Keep an open mind, for the position that comes along may not be the ideal one you first imagined, but could end up being even better.