Help! I’m A Graduate and I need an amazing Job.
Looking for work as a graduate can now be daunting. Let us break it down to simple helpful tips that get you an amazing job/scheme that you have worked so hard towards.
Graduate before you apply for jobs let us start at the beginning
You will need a CV, check out our helpful blog on creating your first CV. If you already have one then check that it is all up to date.
Do not forget the cover letter. Its much easier to get a reception from someone if there is an introduction, versus randomly trying to get in front of people. We have a blog to help you through this as well – check it out here.
Decide what sort of industry you want to go in to, along with what sort of role you are aiming to find.
This way you can do searches within job sites. Helping narrow down the roles you do not want and just shows you what you want to see. Making your search that little bit quicker.
As you apply for jobs ensure your LinkedIn account is up to date. A lot of employers are receiving CVs and cover letters additionally, they then check the candidates out on LinkedIn. They check all the dates on the CV match the dates on LinkedIn. Which is why its vitally important that LinkedIn is mirroring to your CV. If employers see an account that is not updated, they will be put off as it shows lack of attention to detail.
Where to look for graduate roles?
Review jobs/schemes on your university jobs board as a good starting point. Remember all the firms advertising have come to your university, they could be interested in YOU!
Do not forget to ask your careers team within the university. They have a long list of contacts that can help.
Additionally, if you have a company in mind that you wish to join, review their details online, see if they are advertising for any graduate roles. If you do not see what you are looking for call them. Talk it through with someone and explain why you wish to work with their company. They might ask for your CV for their files for when they are looking.
Word of mouth is also a great thing to have in your corner. Let your friends and family know your looking. They could be working for a company that is looking or they can keep their eyes opened for opportunities and pass them on to you.
Job sites such as Find a job. This is a government run job board so attracts a lot of businesses of all sizes. You can apply directly through this site to the employer. Recommend you take a print out of the jobs you apply for so you can keep track if anyone is to contact you, you can find the job spec quickly without having the awkward moment of erm what job is this relating to?
Reed jobs board offers some amazing opportunities. You can upload your CV to Reed and then employers can find you this way. You can search for jobs and apply directly again. Reed is a service that is free to candidates but employers pay for the privileged to search for CV’s and to advertise their roles so they really do want to find the best for the money here.
Don’t forget to check out our website for current jobs available. We update this the moment a new job comes in and as soon as a job is filled its removed from our website.
If all you take away from this blog, is you get your CV and cover letter in place you are still winning. This will help you get the job you want when you do start to look for it. If you have found a few new sites to look for work then that is also a win.
Once you get your interviews booked in check out our blog on what to wear