How to Find a Job After Graduating from University?

Are you tired of writing detailed, heartfelt cover letters to potential employers and not getting a response? Are you ready to jump into the job market? In this guide, we’ll help you find a job after graduating from University!

Although it can be tough to stand out from the crowd in the graduate job market, with our tips you won’t be alone in wondering how to flourish in the busy hiring traffic.

With some small changes to the way you approach applications, you could be living it up in your ideal office before you know it!

Appear professional on social media

As a graduate student or job hunter it’s vital you have a professional online presence, making it easy for potential employers to find you and allowing them to understand your personality.

Now, whilst you don’t need to post photos of yourself wearing work clothes all the time (or ever), it’s essential to present yourself as respectful, trustworthy and employable on social media to convince recruiters to hire you. For example, think about opening a LinkedIn account or following industry-focused social media pages.

Upload your CV to job sites

Did you know employers and recruiters often search through job sites when looking for potential candidates?

With this in mind, there’s a high chance that your future employer could come across your CV on a job site! That’s why it’s crucial you create a profile and upload your CV to popular job sites and boards – it only takes about 15-30 minutes so what are you waiting for? Check out our top tips for using job boards.

Remember your LinkedIn account? Well, make sure you upload your CV to your LinkedIn profile too – you wouldn’t believe how many employers use LinkedIn to find potential candidates. If you don’t have one, find out how to get started on LinkedIn here.

Tailor every application for the role

As most jobs require you to fill in an independent application form or complete a cover letter, you should take the time to personalise each application to the job role as this is the perfect opportunity to showcase to your employer why you’re the ideal candidate.

We recommend aiming for quality over quantity when filling out graduate job applications. It’s not just about telling potential employers all about you – it’s also equally important to tell them why you are perfect for this specific role at this particular company.

Make yourself more employable

With a huge number of graduates entering the job market after the latest pool of students graduating, it can be hard to stand out with your degree alone.

Discovering new ways to make yourself more employable can be exciting, like doing voluntary work, gaining work experience or getting a free online qualification in an area related to your chosen career!

All of these can help you stand out from other candidates and show the next employer you’re dedicated to the job role and industry.

Stay motivated

Although this might be easier said than done, it’s still important to never give up and remember you’ve got this! However, if you do find yourself struggling, try keeping yourself occupied with relevant activities like freelance projects or additional courses to stay motivated.

Set yourself a target of a few hours and a certain number of applications each day to stay focused. If you get job rejections, take all the positives you can from each one – learn what does and doesn’t work in your applications, make changes accordingly.

Finally, good luck! Remember small changes will help you find a job after graduating and kickstart your future career!

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