It’s that time of year again when thousands and thousands of University students begin their search for their first full-time job as they graduate. They will compete tirelessly for unpaid internships and receive email after email of job application rejections before they manage to secure their first interview.
As a recent graduate I sympathise with anyone who is trying to land their first job after graduating. It’s not easy. You will begin to ask yourself if you should have studied something different instead of the degree you once loved. Should you change the contents of your CV for the tenth time this month? Why do I keep getting rejected from job applications for ‘not having enough experience’ when I can’t get any industry experience? It’s a frustrating process.
As a graduate who has just landed my first full-time job working as a media and marketing assistant I can’t stress this enough – don’t give up! You WILL get a job. You will apply for hundreds of jobs before you prevail but when you gain a job related to your degree it’s a fantastic feeling! My words of advice would be…
Work experience – Gain as much work experience related to your field as possible. This will fill the empty gaps of unemployment history on your CV and most importantly show you are interested and eager to develop your skills in your chosen industry. It’s also not uncommon for employers to hire those who have completed work experience and internships for their company.
Your CV – There is an abundance of CV advice available on the internet – use it! Make sure there are no spelling mistakes and I would suggest giving your CV to a family member or friend to proof read once you are done in case you have missed anything that could jeopardise your job application process.
Take your time – Research the companies you have applied to and understand the job specifications. Don’t apply to any old thing when you want something related to your degree. (I worked in a call-centre for two weeks before I realised I should have taken my time).
Evaluate what is working and what isn’t – Take a step back from applying to jobs if you are not getting anywhere. Look at different ways to apply to jobs – You should check job boards on Linkedin and contact companies directly as well as applying to jobs through the popular job websites.
Keep it clean – Clean up your social media appearance. Keep your Facebook, Twitter and other pages PG or increase your privacy settings. You don’t want to discourage a potential employer from hiring you before they have even met you.
Despite the stigma surrounding graduate unemployment there are jobs out there and you will succeed if you try hard enough. Good luck!
-The HR Revolution Blogger