Tips for graduates
Not everyone works through university or A levels, and getting internships and placements is hard work. It is extremely competitive out there despite the fact that many graduates are employable. As someone who’s recently left university and become a recruitment consultant, I’ve picked up some great tips!
- It’s extremely important to highlight details of your dissertation if you’re applying to a job which is related to what you wrote about. Your degree isn’t necessarily the key focus for employers. For example, a journalism graduate who did his dissertation in digital marketing would be of more interest than a marketing graduate who did their dissertation on Public Relations if they were both applying for a job within the digital marketing sector. So make sure you highlight your dissertation topics!
- It’s also important for the employer to know that you get involved in extra-curricular activities. Being in a sports team or being involved in charity work is a great way to show that you are a good team-player which is a trait that many employers look for.
- Always keep your future aspirations in mind. What do you want to be in 5 years? What steps do you need to take in order to get there? Employers will look at your most recent work experience, so try to ensure that every job you take plays a part in your future. Or at least gives you transferrable skills.
- Don’t take a job if you’re thinking of only staying there a few months whilst trying to find something you prefer. Employers don’t like to think that you may pack up and leave for ‘something better’ in a few months. A lot of graduate jobs offer training, and though it may be tedious and it may involve things you’re not particularly interested in, remember that people in higher positions also went through that training and had to learn what you’re learning now.
- Let your personality shine through during interviews. Recruiters will be able to tell a lot about you by your personality. It’s okay to be nervous, everyone is! But it’s important to be personable as it’s more than likely that you will have to deal with people who already work there, and employers need to know that you’ll be able to get on with people in the office.
- Make sure your CV is well presented. Always keep most recent work experience/education at the top. Bold things that you think are important, whether it’s the company name or your job title. If you’ve worked with clients before, bold the names of the ones which you think are the most important. Space things out! Your CV is your first point of contact between you and the employer so make sure it represents you in the best way possible!
- Lastly, be pro-active. If you haven’t heard back about your CV in a while, call them and ask if they’ve received your application and if they’ve had a chance to review it. It’s not badgering them, it shows that you’re enthusiastic and it ensures that someone is personally looking for your application and will know who you are.
I hope these tips will help you on your journey to find the perfect job.
By Francis Consultancy
Francis Consultancy is a recruitment agency based in West London specialising in digital marketing and sales. Since 2005, they have…
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