As I mentioned in my #LazyLife post, I recently got a job. It’s only a 4 month internship for now, but just getting my foot on some sort of career ladder is so exciting.
After finishing uni, I seemed to have a lot of free time before and after graduating to look for jobs, and let me tell you it is hard. I had no idea how mentally draining constantly applying for jobs would be. I think one of the worst things about it is not hearing anything back. Whilst some companies will decline politely, most won’t even bother. I know it’s hard to reply to hundreds of applications, but I don’t need anything personal, just a blanket ‘sorry not this time’ email would do.
This post is just going to be a few quick bits of advice on how to land a job after graduating. If you don’t know what you want to do for sure, my advice would just be to start looking, and you might find something you didn’t even know existed.
Perfect your CV
Perhaps an obvious point, but a good CV is essential for landing that perfect job. When you graduate, make sure you return to your CV and update anything that’s missing. Make sure you include your degree classification, and any societies you were a part of. If you’re a blogger, putting your blog on your CV can also be a real talking point. If you’re going for media/copywriting jobs, you can definitely get away with adding it to your experience section rather than just your hobbies/interests.
Join job sites
I have a love/hate relationship with job sites. Lots of them are poorly organised, but they do have so much on offer if you take the time to search regularly. I found more obscure ones were sometimes better, and make sure you also subscribe to the mailing list. If you can’t be active in your job search, getting weekly emails is a Godsend. Indeed and Reed are two of my favourites!
Sign with a recruitment agency
My third main tip for finding a job after graduating is to sign with a recruitment agency. I signed with two throughout my job search, and it’s great to have somebody doing a bit of legwork alongside you. Some agencies work online and only gather certain roles or industries, so if you can be specific it’s more likely to work in your favour. Spotlight Recruitment only focus on marketing roles for example, increasing your likelihood of finding a job you actually want.
Perfect your Linkedin
I’ll be the first to admit that I never used to see the point in LinkedIn. I am now officially a convert, despite not actually getting any action from it yet. I do think it works best when you put more into it though, so really work on getting connections and filling out your profile. It’s also a good tool for pointing out extra things you could be doing to improve your CV/skillset. For example, the volunteering section of my page is quite sparse, and it’s something I’m looking to work on.
Work on your interview technique
Prior to this job search, I’d never really had what I would consider to be a ‘proper’ interview. When my first one came, I had no idea what to expect and went into it incredibly underprepared (though not knowing it at the time). Try and take as many interviews as you can to build up your experience, and think about possible questions that you could be asked. If you can’t do this then be curious, listen to what your interviewer is saying, and try to make a real connection with them. The interview process should be as much about them as it is about you, so make sure you ask questions.
Let me know what helped you find a job after you graduated, or how you’ve progressed with your search. I’d love to know if you’ve got any tips I don’t know about!