The growing stress of finding a graduate job may seem overwhelming, especially as Christmas, and the many expenses that accompany that time of year, is just around the corner. That student overdraft will definitely be maxed out by the end of the year, and you’ve got parties to go to and presents to buy. You need a job! But not to worry, you are not alone. Just like you, there are thousands of grads still searching for their perfect job as the festive season approaches, so here are our tips which will guarantee that a contract, is something you can check off your Christmas list.
Make sure you have prepared everything you can for any possible job opportunities. Is your CV up to date and industry standard? It is vital that your CV contains all the necessary information about your work experience and education, as well as looking the part. Remember that this piece of paper will be your potential employer’s first impression of you, so make sure it is as attention grabbing as possible.
Do you have a cover letter? A cover letter gives the employer a more detailed description about your character, your achievements, and any relevant work experience you’ve done. The most important thing, however, is ensuring that the cover letter is specific to the job you’re applying for. Do some research on the role and what it entails, as well as the company, what it does and how it operates. If you are struggling with this, the internet offers loads of templates and examples of cover letters specific to different industries. Google will become your best friend!
Get your name out there
Applying for grad jobs isn’t as hard as you think. Go online and sign up to some of the many recruitment sites for free. These sites will help you discover hundreds of jobs in all kinds of industries with just a few clicks. If you find this incredibly overwhelming, narrow down your search by industry, or whether you’re looking for a graduate scheme or wanting to get into a full-time job. This way, you can personalise your search to what you’re looking for.
You can even opt in for email or text notifications when new job opportunities arise, so you can sit back and let them do the hard work! If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, you could call recruitment companies and ask to meet to discuss future opportunities. Either way, getting your name out there will help you land the perfect grad job just in time to fill all those Christmas stockings.
When you land that interview, make sure you’re prepared. Research what the job entails, compare your skills and qualifications to the job’s requirements, prepare your responses and plan what to take with you. You can never be too prepared! With all of this in mind you’re sure to smash the interview, and even if you don’t, it will be great practice for the next one.
Trying to land your first grad job is hard and can be somewhat daunting, but keep at it and focus on the bigger picture - you will find your perfect job eventually, and constantly building up your interview skills will benefit you in the long run so keep proactive and don’t get disheartened.