Job Hunting Tips Graduates Need to Know
As a previous graduate, I understand it can be daunting going into
the world and trying to start a career. Have no fear! Here are some things I
learned on my job search journey to help you along yours.
The "Lack of Experience" Catch 22
Something a lot of graduates find is their lack of experience
can hinder their job search, ways to combat this are...
sure you include all your relevant work experience on your CV. Describe
your role in the company, what your responsibilities were, and what
skills you learnt that could be applied to your next role.
your cover letter to explain why would be good in the role by highlighting
your skills and experiences so far, and what other qualities you have
that would be an asset to the role.
volunteering. This will enable you to gain some more experience whilst
you're looking for a job. See if you can help out at any relevant local
businesses, this may not be viable for everyone but even if you could work
one day a week it would help you gain experience.
into free online courses or short courses that could help expand your
skills or earn you a certificate.
Apply for roles that are relevant to your experience
I know looking for a job can be stressful, but applying for
jobs you don't qualify for is a waste of your time. Instead, spend your time
finding and applying for jobs you actually want and that match your
experience/skills. Don't forget to tailor your cover letter and CV for each
role, accentuating your suitability to the company and role.
Check out smaller companies
A lot of people come out of education thinking they want a big job in a
big city straight away but in reality, it can be difficult and it's not going
to suit everyone. There are great reasons to consider working a smaller company,
you are more likely to progress and gain more responsibility quicker! You may
also be able to find a job that is closer to home rather than having to commute
into a city.
Job hunting can sometimes feel fruitless but stay persistent. I worked
part time in retail to pay the bills, and part time for free to gain experience
in my desired field. This was all valuable experience and benefitted me when I applied
for my current role within Company Fusion.
Good luck and I hope these tips help you with your job search.
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