Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Grad Jobs

Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Grad Jobs
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    Graduation is a landmark we all go through.

    It is an exhilarating experience and the first real milestone we achieve by the time we’re in our early 20s.


As fun as the post-graduation parties might be, graduation marks the time we go into the real world. The world of endless job applications and full-time employment.

If you’re quite switched on you would have started to apply for grad schemes and internships in your respective field before the graduation day comes, but if not, it is not the end of the world. Here are some tips to help you through this daunting task.

1. Building your resume

First rule of thumb – never ever send out generic ‘fit for all’ resumes. Employers can see straight through them and your resume simply won’t get a second a look.

Research the company you want to work for in depth. Why do you want to work there? What inspires you the most about a particular firm? How will you benefit your employer and how do you see yourself growing with this company. Those are just a few questions you need to answer when putting together your cover letter.

Hopefully you would have done some summer internships in your respective field – talk about them in your resume. Tell your potential employer why you are the one they should employ out of thousands of other applicants applying for the same position. Don’t be shy to showcase your achievements – this is not the time to be coy as competition is fierce.

2. How to find and approach employers

Many grads tend to rely solely on job sites to find suitable positions. In very few cases the jobs you find on a generic employment site is going to fit your ideal job description. This is the time to think outside the box.

Make a list of top ten companies you want to work for; find out who their head of HR is or who looks after employment or grad schemes in the department you want to work in. And email them. Write a personal, detailed email to the company of your dreams, including your perfectly shaped resume.

Even if the company doesn’t have open positions advertised on their website still email them. They will appreciate not only your interest in their firm but also your ballsiness. In most cases you will get an email back. Even if it’s a rejection, if you write a personal email like that you are bound to get feed-back, and at this time in your life any employment relating feed-back is essential.

3. Be professional

Be professional and confident in everything you do from now. Whether it’s a phone or a face-to-face interview, prepare for either equally as thoroughly.

Don’t be selfish. If you see a job opening that is not suitable for you share it with your peers. They will appreciate the help and in turn will share interesting opportunities with you in the future.

Yes, the job market is tough and landing your first job is a Hercules task, but if you have the drive and the desire to thrive and succeed in life, you will do just fine.

This is a pretty simple list of what to do, though during graduation season many forget about these basic but very essential points. Share it with your Facebook pals, you college alumni posts site, and who knows, may be in turn someone will share a job of your dreams with you.


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