How to get a graduate job
Stuck in a graduate job hunt rut? Tired of applying to multiple graduate jobs but hearing nothing back? Finding your ideal graduate job after university can be a challenging, and often frustrating task. However, graduate job hunting doesn’t always have to be this way, preparation and presenting yourself in the best way is key to successful job applications, here are our top 5 tips to secure your ideal graduate job.
Create a standout graduate CV
A standout professional CV is imperative to a successful graduate job hunt, it’s the first impression you give an employer and what determines if your application will progress to the next stage. You want to clearly showcase your best qualities, previous work experience and give an employer an insight into what you can offer their company. The presentation of your CV is equally as important as the content, a sleek eye-catching CV will help you stand out against the competition and create a professional persona. Check out the Give A Grad A Go CV Hub for CV tips, examples and CV templates for students to download, tailored to suit different industries.
Register with a recruitment agency
Applying for graduate jobs can be an overwhelming task to take on by yourself, registering with a recruitment agency is a great way to help with your job search queries and receive support with your applications. Recruitment consultants provide support in each step of your application, help you decide what graduate career path is right for you, and help you showcase yourself in the best way possible. Give A Grad A Go are the UK’s leading graduate jobs and graduate recruitment experts, check out their easy graduate job application process and start applying to graduate roles today!
Tailor every application to the role
You’ll most likely be applying to a range of graduate roles, and it’s important to tailor each application to every graduate job. A good place to start it getting the job description of the role you’re applying to and your CV side by side on your computer. Read the job description carefully, and make a list, or highlight the keywords, skills and experience they’re looking for. You then want to tailor your CV subtly to what they’re looking for. Add in some of the skills most relevant to the role, highlight any of your experiences which will be most appealing to what the employer is looking for, and include any keywords when stating what you’re looking for – e.g. if they’re a start-up add a sentence such as ‘looking to thrive and immerse myself in a start-up environment’. Have a look at other examples for how to tailor your graduate CV to each application.
Get your LinkedIn profile up to date
With over 90% of employers using LinkedIn for hiring, and with over 500 million users on the platform, LinkedIn is one of the most powerful networks for employers. Having a great LinkedIn profile is key to helping with your graduate job hunt, it enhances your graduate CV and makes you more visible to employers. Your LinkedIn photo will shape an employer’s perception of you straight away, it should be professional, good quality and friendly. You want to have a good LinkedIn summary, listing your achievements, skills and qualifications. Follow friends, colleagues and companies, this is a great way to build your profile and add credibility to your profile.
Practise interview questions
The interview stage of your application is undoubtedly one of the most important stages of your application, and it’s also one of the most daunting. To make sure you feel as confident and prepared as possible, prepare for some generic interview questions you may be asked, we’ve put together a guide for how to successfully answer some of the most common interview questions. It’s also important to prepare a few questions to ask an employer, this shows your interest and seriousness in their role.
Follow Give A Grad A Go’s top tips to boost your graduate job applications and land your ideal graduate career! Starting to apply for graduate roles? Check out Give A Grad A Go’s exciting range of graduate jobs and graduate schemes today.