University has come to an end and that can only mean one thing… summer! It’s important to have a break after all the hard work you’ve put in over the last few years, but there’s no avoiding that other important thing you should maybe start thinking about – finding a job. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be as stressful as you might think. We wanted to let you in on some simple yet effective tips to make finding a job after university as easy and stress-free as possible.
Make the most of your university
There are opportunities everywhere, you just have to know where to look. Drop into your careers centre and ask if your university has partnerships with any companies or if they know of past graduates with a similar profile to yours who managed to find a job – this could give you some ideas about companies likely to hire and potential career paths. Remember that career advisors are there to help you explore your options, so make the most of this free advice. Many universities also offer CV and cover letter workshops, which can be extremely useful. If not, websites like www.daily.wizbii.com provide advice on the subject.
Ask for recommendations
Lecturers teach hundreds, perhaps thousands, of students every year, so it’s a good idea to ask for a letter of recommendation while you’re still fresh in their mind. Letters of recommendation show employers that you are trustworthy and serious about your career. Asking your tutor/lecturer will also leave a good impression and you never know, they could end up being a useful contact in the future. You could even ask them to leave you a recommendation on LinkedIn if they have an account.
Be present online
On the subject of LinkedIn, it’s more important than ever to be present on professional networks and if you don’t already have an account, you should definitely create one. Wizbii is another up-and-coming professional social network with job opportunities specifically adapted to students and young graduates. This basically means that all jobs require little professional experience (3 years maximum) and you can even ask other members of the site for help and advice!
One of the many benefits of professional networks is that you can be headhunted by recruiters. So that you are visible to recruiters and easy to find, it’s important to complete all sections of your profile, post articles in groups, follow company pages, use key words on your profile, e.g. “Sales, B2B, Finance”, and fill in your location. Choosing a professional looking photo will also help inspire confidence – avoid using selfies at all costs!
Avoid falling into bad habits. Of course you can have a social life and set aside time to watch the latest episode of Game of Thrones, but make sure this isn’t all you do – you will have to account for any blanks on your CV in future interviews. Be it a part-time job, internship or volunteering – proving that you are pro-active will impress employers and improve your chances of getting a job. In order to stay pro-active, set an alarm to get you out of bed every morning and make a plan of action for your job search.
Organise your job search
Which brings us to the last point – organising your job search. If you don’t already know, try to decide what career you would like to pursue: make a list of your skills and jobs where they could be useful. Once you know what job/sector you would like to work in, set up job alerts on job websites to receive daily emails with jobs matching your criteria.
Dedicate time to writing an effective CV and cover letter template. You might not have much experience (this is the beginning of your career, after all), but try to include as much relevant experience as possible and leave out less important elements. Group together similar experiences to make your CV more readable (e.g. Course Representative: 2012-2013, 2015-2016).
If there’s a contact number for a job you’re applying for, ring up and ask a few well-placed questions about the position. When you send your application, make sure you mention the name of the person spoke to in your email. This will show your interest in the position and make a good impression on the recruiter, increasing your chances of getting that all important call back.
Keep a record of the jobs you have applied for, including the company name, date applied for, closing date for applications, and contact email/telephone number. If you don’t hear back after a few weeks, it’s a good idea to send a follow-up email to show you’re motivated!
All you need is a little organisation, an effective CV and cover letter, and most importantly, to stay motivated! Remember, finding a job can take time and only about 10% of applicants are actually called in for an interview, so be patient and keep applying. The more jobs you apply for, the easier the whole process will become. Good luck and happy job searching! ☺
This article was written by Cherie Gamble from Wizbii, the leading professional social network for students and young graduates. Discover a wide variety of internship, placement and graduate job opportunities at en.wizbii.com.
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