Finding a job after university

Graduation is a very exciting time; it’s the end of years of study. But while one door may close on this chapter of your life, another door opens for the next. Walking out of university and straight into a job isn’t the easiest of tasks. While not simple, it isn’t impossible, read on for our top tips on standing out to potential employers and putting yourself in the best position to be hired.

Tips for your CV

If there’s one piece of paper more important than your degree when it comes to finding a job, it’s your CV. It shows what you’ve done and what you want to do, so make sure you get it right. Find elements from your background that most accurately fit the description of the job you’re applying for. As a recent graduate, it will be appreciated that you won’t necessarily have masses of relevant work experience. What you may have though is experience from voluntary work, part-time work, holiday work and work placements. Think about how this experience can be beneficial to the job you are applying for. Add depth to your education by focusing on your academic highlights including any relevant coursework, dissertations or projects.

Don’t fill your CV with irrelevant information; only include individual duties from previous roles if they are relevant. Use keywords, as recruiters usually just scan through a CV rather than reading every word. Avoid having huge chunks of text, if you can, stick to short sentences and keep things concise.

Proofread your CV; any mistakes are a huge turn-off for potential employers. To ensure your CV is 100% correct, get someone else to look over it. Be sure your name, contact details, key selling points, achievements, education and any professional experience you already have are included.

Social media and future employers

University can be a time of absolute mayhem, one where you may have done silly things. Things that may have found their way on to social media. While funny at the time, you should now be conscious about what is recorded online. Be warned, employers will research you as much as they possibly can and will check you out on every social network you belong to. To ensure they don’t see anything you don’t want them to, ensure your privacy settings are set to friends only - or better yet, refrain from sharing shocking things completely!

Of course, the web can also be a wonderful way to showcase your skills – why not start a blog of your own, and also comment on other people’s blogs and articles.

Recruitment agencies

Be sure to sign up to as many recruitment agencies as you possibly can. Often employers are too busy to find staff themselves so will employ a recruitment consultant to do the hard work for them. This will be to your benefit, as a specialist recruitment agency will be the first to know about new jobs and will understand your needs and help you to get the right job.

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