So What’s Next? Graduate Job Searching Tips

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Graduate job searching can be difficult. Leaving the university bubble and entering the world of full-time work is not always an easy transition. However we have devised four top tips to help your graduate job search run smoothly, so hopefully you get the role you deserve!

Focus your goals

Propel your job search and set career focused goals.

Where do you see yourself in 5, 10 or even 20 years time?

This is vital to understand. To ensure that each job you apply for is specific towards your overall career goals. By doing so it will save you a significant amount of time job browsing and applying for roles that aren’t necessarily right for you.

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For those of you who are unsure of your career prospects, it can help to do a little independent research. Even by you choosing to click on this blog – it’s a great start! Investigate into career routes your degree can lead to. Find this handy resource on how to get into digital jobs here.

Remember your degree doesn’t have to limit your future career!

Get organised

You’ve just handed in your dissertation, sat your final exam and now its time to celebrate.

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Of course after all that hard work we’re not trying to tell you otherwise! But what we do advise is for you to use this time wisely. This is often the most important time in your graduate job search. Competition is fierce and you don’t want to be left behind.

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To avoid this, don’t leave anything until the last minute. Allow plenty of time to apply for a job, this includes research beforehand and tailoring your CV and application. Because when you rush, you could be making silly mistakes, that cost you the job.

Make a list of ‘things to do’, ‘closing dates’ and ‘roles you are interested in applying for’. Simple organisational tactics like this will make it that much more difficult to miss out on key recruitment deadlines.

Look for experience

“So you’re telling me I have to get experience before I get experience?”

The most frustrating predicament most graduates will face in their job search. So for those who didn’t complete an industrial placement or internship, it’s important to take into consideration your options on how to gain work experience (and in a relatively short space of time!).

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Go straight to the source. Tired of waiting to hear back from intern applications? Contact employers yourself. Send your CV, explain your situation and why you chose their company.

Another simple option is to utilise your LinkedIn profile. Connect with influential people working within your industry of choice and message them with your work experience enquiries. Whilst they may not be able to always help, they could offer you some really helpful advice. Or for a more indirect approach, share a public update highlighting your desire to gain work experience and what you can offer.

Follow this Graduates Guide to LinkedIn to help set up your profile.

Create a CV you’re proud of

Your CV is a masterpiece, a work of art highlighting your achievements in the best possible light.

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So, make it something you’re proud of. Quite often graduates are unsure of what to mention in their CV. With limited work experience and a comprehensive educational background, it can be difficult to align with a prospective job role. However, any projects, achievements and part-time jobs you have worked on, will all make great additions to a job application. Tailor them towards the role you are applying for, to showcase your transferable skills.

Be honest about what you want. Your opening bio should be compelling, yet direct. Express your willingness to start your career, what skills and determination you possess and how this is suited towards the role you are applying for. What you don’t have in experience, you make up for in eagerness and willingness to learn.

Follow this Graduate CV Checklist to ensure nothing is forgotten!

So good luck in your graduate job search and if you have any questions, ask below in the comments or on Twitter @BubbleJobs

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