5 Top Tips For Finding Your Dream Graduate Job
Life after university might seem like a daunting prospect to many, particularly when it comes to making important job applications. This is a critical stage for anyone looking to start their career and fully embrace professional life, so what can you do to give yourself the best chance at landing that perfect role?
1. Consider your online profile.
Everyone has some kind of online profile, typically made up of social media pages, maybe the occasional blogs, and any pictures or videos that you’ve posted online. When employers receive your application, they will likely conduct an online search to try and find out a little more about who you are. Before making any applications, it is definitely worth taking measures to professionalise your online profile. It might be worth creating certain profiles that are for professional use only, whether through LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook, which will highlight your interests and abilities without that embarrassing photo from your friends birthday party.
2. Get your CV out there.
Let’s face it, you’re definitely not going to get a job if you spend your days avoiding the issue like the plague. You need to make sure that you are making your presence known by getting your CV out into the business world. This could be as simple as signing up for recruitment websites who will then pass your information onto relevant businesses, or by contacting companies directly.
3. Prep, prep, prep.
The key to any successful application is preparation. The best way to achieve this is to get started early – especially if you’re applying for graduate schemes. Research the type of business you want to work for and understand what they look for in a typical applicant, you may find that additional work experience is needed to improve your chances. Some schemes and recruitment processes will also require you to take assessments and aptitude tests, so take some time to find some practice versions before you go in for the real thing.
Throughout any job application, it’s vital that you research into the company you’re applying to work for. This is important, as it will give you insight into the business that you could be working with, and will also allow you to tailor your application to suit the job and business in question. Assuming you are invited to interview, employers will expect you to have a good understanding of the business as a whole, so the more research you do, the better.
4. Tailor each application.
Multiple jobs may have the same title, as advertised by companies in the same field of industry, but trust us, they are most definitely not the same. Each job posting will have an individual specification. By drawing key phrases from these individual specifications, you can adjust your CV and Cover Letter to reflect what these companies are looking for. This does mean altering your CV for every application you make, but taking the time to do this could result in you landing your dream job, so well worth the investment.
5. A small startup could be your salvation.
Big businesses may seem like the holy grail in graduate recruitment, and if you’re committed to what will, no doubt, be a lengthy recruitment process then more power to you! If you broaden your search, however, you may find that smaller companies, or even startup businesses, offer the perfect career opportunity. The size of these companies will often mean that you are trusted with hands-on experience almost as soon as you start, which could also lead to a very exciting promotion sooner than you might expect.