Tips for Graduate Job Seekers

Finding a job straight out of university can be difficult – the graduate career market is particularly competitive, with most applicants competing from a fairly level playing field. If you approach the search with preparation and focus, however, taking the first steps towards a new career can be an exciting and rewarding experience.

Here are a few tips to help you make the move from study to the workforce.

Start looking early

Don’t leave the job hunt until after you graduate, when competition is at its most intense. Put aside a weekend or two during your final year to sort out your resume and start scanning job openings. This will give you a good sense of the graduate positions available and what kind of salary you can expect – you might even be one of the first to discover a great opportunity.

Get out and about

Make an effort to attend careers days and fairs – this can help you meet with companies you’d like to work for and start building your reputation. Tell your family, friends and peers to stay alert for any opportunities, and use online services like ISMYCV to connect with potential employers.

Create a killer resume and video profile

The first step to getting your foot in the door is to create a resume that helps you stand out from the crowd. With ISMYCV’s Resume Writer, you can put together a concise, professional resume, highlighting all the information potential employers want to know.

ISMYCV’s Video Profile feature is a great way to make an impression before you even walk in the door. Market yourself directly to employers with a video introduction that demonstrates your personality and professionalism.

Do your research

Before an interview, make an effort to research the organisation and the people you are going to meet. Think about the requirements of the role you are interviewing for and how you might be well placed to meet them, and start rehearsing common interview questions to polish your technique.

Stay busy

If nothing has turned up, build up your experience with unpaid placements and internships, or keep occupied with volunteer work. Employers will be looking at more than just your academic results; involvement in community activities or committees can help demonstrate key skills like communication skills, problem-solving and critical reasoning, as well as enthusiasm and passion.

Keep learning

Research the skills that employers are looking for in your field. You might consider learning HTML or complete a first aid course – extra skills look great on a resume and can help you stay ahead of the pack.

Don’t give up

Going to interview after interview might seem deflating, but try to look at the bright side – the more interviews you attend, the better you will become. There’s no substitute for real interview practice; learn to highlight your interview strengths, work on your weaknesses and always ask for feedback. Remember, finding a graduate job can take time; the key is to stay positive and continue building your skills.