Applying for jobs can be a very stressful time of a student’s life. Recent graduates Job hunting is probably the worst nightmare that recent graduate have to deal with, especially with the economic crisis, making it harder and harder to find a job straight after studying and with just few opportunities for those with minimum practical experience. In England, big and well known companies often offer graduate programmes; these are great opportunities for graduates to start a career, without that much experience. However, the process for these graduate schemes can be a real pain. The competition is extremely high and the number of tests applicants are asked to face can cause discouragement and breakdown. So, if you are in this kind of pain, these 8 tips will help you get through the process of job hunting.
1.Tailor and design your Cv
Whenever you apply for a job, make sure you spend some time to check if your Cv contains the key elements that the company or recruiter is looking for. Go through your personal information, education and experience to see if there is something you can highlight and tailor for the job advert. If there are specific skills you have and you know would be highly relevant for the role you are applying for, show it clearly on your cv, perhaps with bullet points or side bars. Don’t hide your relevant experience or university degree at the bottom of your Cv. Put your strongest elements on top. Tailoring your Cv for every single application is a pain but it’s definitely a better use of time to put more effort in fewer applications and be successful.
2.Create social media connections
Now more than ever, social media networks are one of the most useful tools you could use when searching for jobs. Most companies don’t even consider Cv applications anymore and only rely on social media platforms such as LinkedIn to recruit people. Social media are also helpful tools when researching a company before applying.
3.Research the companies you apply for
There is nothing worse than applying for a job in a company you know nothing about. The market is getting more and more competitive every day and you really need to make the difference among thousands of applicants. To do so, prove to the company how much you know about their vision, what they do and how they work. Stay updated by checking information from their websites and social media pages. It is a plus to prove that you are really interested in working for them.
4.Time your job hunting
Timing is another essential element when applying for jobs. Application and interview processes can take months, meaning you need to start searching for jobs as soon as possible if you are willing to start working straight after your studies. Also bear in mind your notice period if you are employed with another company when you start applying for jobs.
Local companies can be a good start if you are willing to enter into your first graduate job. It is also convenient for you as you wouldn’t have to move into another city or region if you are not ready for it.
6.Profile yourself online
Keep your online portfolio or LinkedIn profile up to date and include all the relevant job experiences that you are acquiring as you complete your studies.
7.Don’t just rely on company websites
Sometimes it is useful to speak to people you know. Not everyone is going to get a job by merely applying online day and night. Try networking and making contacts as much as you can and who knows, people you know may know about companies who are looking to recruit someone.
8.Ask for feedback
Asking someone to check your Cv and covering letters is always helpful. Sometime when you are busy writing your own stuff, you can easily get distracted and miss some little details. If you can, ask a friend or an adult to proof read and check both your Cv and cover letters. A second opinion is good to avoid making mistakes and to check small grammatical errors.
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