Searching for a Job After Getting Your Degree

Searching for a Job After Getting Your Degree

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After three or more years at University, you may be desperate to get out in the big wide world and finally get a job. On the other hand, you may feel overwhelmed with the prospect and think that you’d prefer another few months in the comfort of your student digs. However you feel about it, you need to face reality: now’s the time to search for your first proper job. Your search starts here, so, how do you go about it?

Don’t procrastinate

Leaving it until the last minute won’t pay off. You’ll find yourself in fierce competition with all the other graduate jobs in the UK. This means you need to get started early. When it comes to a few months before you’re due to finish University, start looking around on the internet. Become familiar with the big names in your industry and get your feelers out!

Use the net

The internet is full of great resources for getting your first job. Many job sites offer you the chance to look for a job by carefully selected criteria. So, you can put in your ideal location, how far you’d like to travel, your preferred salary, the area or industry you want to be a part of, and any other keywords (such as ‘marketing’ or ‘admin.’) There are also many graduate job sites available on the internet. Sign up for alerts so that any new opportunities can come straight to your mobile.

Don’t cut any ties

If you have had to take part in any form of work experience as part of your degree, or before your degree, don’t cut your ties with these companies. It may well help you to secure a job after university by keeping in contact with them. Even if you are not looking to work with the particular employer again, your reputation with that company can really help you to get your name out there in your industry (hopefully for the right reasons!)

Perfect your CV

Don’t apply for any job without having a polished CV. Spend time on this important document and use these tips from The Guardian. This is your personal advert. You may need to adjust your CV (especially the covering letter or personal statement) to suit the job you are applying for. Taking your time to make your CV stand out from others will put you in good stead. Remember, don’t lie, don’t embellish, and don’t under-sell yourself either. This can be a tricky balance to achieve, but it is important that you attempt it so that your prospective employer will get the best possible impression of you.

Be realistic

Searching for your ideal job takes time, and you may not get there straight away. You may well need to work your way through the industry, proving yourself as you go, before you secure that perfect job that you’ve always wanted. Good luck in your search!

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