For many of us, our time at university is the most exciting and liberating 3 years of our entire lives. It’s for this reason that when the last the champagne dries on your suit or dress after graduation, the unfathomable fear hits you… It’s time to get a real job!
Life after university can be very daunting whether you know what career path to take or not. Finally, it’s time to put all the skills you have gathered over your time at university to good use, but how on earth do you get started?
There are so many different graduate roles out there, and more graduates than ever battling it out for them, so how do you stick out from the rest and get the job you want?
If you share any of these concerns, fear not, here is our definitive list of everything you need to know about getting a job as a graduate.
Writing a CV
One mistake many graduates make is assuming that their CV is perfect because it probably isn’t. While different industries do expect different approaches with CV’s, there are a number of things to follow regardless of industry to improve any CV.
First of all, work very hard on each covering letter you send out. Detail why your experiences make you perfect for the role and what you can offer the potential employer in the future.
When it comes to the layout of your CV, make things as clear and easily digestible as possible. List your previous experience and jobs with very little detail. Writing unnecessary descriptions is pointless as if it is of importance you should cover it in your covering letter.
The longer and more cluttered your CV appears, the less likely any employer is likely to want to read it in its entirety.
Another thing you have to consider heavily is how you appear to a potential employer across all social media platforms, blogs or any other personal streams.
Not matter how you have used social media in the past, it’s time to consider which streams you might only use for professional reasons (LinkedIn & Twitter for example) and which you are going to keep for personal use (usually Facebook).
For those you wish to remain personal, tighten up your security settings as you don’t want your potential employers seeing those embarrassing photos from Magaluf 2012, do you?
Depending on your interests, it might be time to harness other social platforms. For example, if you have a passion for art or photography, make the most of Instagram, if you want to make music or other audio, get stuck into SoundCloud, or if you aspire to make TV or film, get yourself a Vimeo account.
These can be great sources to link to on your CV or in job applications to show the types of skills you possess.
For more advice on this, plus lots more on graduate jobs, take a look at this great infographic from Bellvue Students, leading providers of student accommodation in Preston.
While university is a massive learning curve in learning any given industry, it would be silly to assume you have learnt all there is to know by the time you pick up your scroll on graduation day.
Aside from keeping up to date with all the goings on in your industry, which you should be doing anyway, get out there and speak to people who’ve had some success themselves.
Tweet industry professionals, message people on LinkedIn, go to industry conferences and fairs to get as much info as possible. If you are lucky, you might well get a work experience placement out of it, then the ball can start to roll a little.
There is also no doubting that the world of work can be very competitive, and as a graduate, it can be very easy to get frustrated with or jealous of other graduates and their seemingly instant success.
Instead, you should speak to them, catch up with university friends about how they are doing and how they got where they are, you never know what you might learn or who you might end up speaking to as a result.
Do Your Research
While it can seem a long and arduous task applying for piles and piles of graduate job applications, you have to make sure your quality and prep doesn’t slip.
To explain just how great you are for a particular role in your covering letter, you need to do your research on the company you are applying for.
The same applies in interview prep. Learn all you can about the role you are applying for and the company or institution you’ll be working for.