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Graduate to Employee – Starting your Job Search

On18/ 07 /16
Leaving university is both an exciting and daunting time. If you're a new graduate, you may have a particular career path in mind, or perhaps you're still undecided?

Whatever your circumstances, there are some ways to proactively address your future.

We bring your six ideas to help kick-start your job search.

1. Do your research

The first step for most new graduates should be research. After all how can you find your ideal job if you don’t know what to look for?

In the early stages of your search, you may not be sure what type of company or even the industry you want to work in.

There are many ways to get ideas of what route to take, read up on companies, and speak to those working in different sectors to see if the roles you are looking at are what they seem. Try to find something that fits your interests, skills and experience. 

2. Tailor your applications

Once you have a clear idea of the type of role and organisation you are looking for, it’s time to tailor your applications.

The truth is that employers don’t like vague applications – so you will need to demonstrate your passion for your chosen path. You will also need to show specifically how your experience meets the criteria of the job brief.

3. Use all your contacts

Do you know anyone who works in your chosen industry – if so, don’t be shy about contacting them. They may be able to give you some useful insights about how to secure the right role.

If you don’t have any suitable contacts, don’t panic! Why not try searching on LinkedIn to see if anyone from your university is working in the field? Be bold and ask them for advice - most people will be happy to respond.

4. Join a recruitment agency

Recruitment agents speak to hundreds of employers every year and put together new job briefs on a daily basis. This gives them valuable insight into the job market and what employers are looking for.

A good consultant will be able to offer you valuable career advice and help you to take those all-important first steps on the ladder. They will give you interview tips, and other on-going support in your job search.

5. Try Temping

If you’ve done your research but are still unsure what path to take or can’t seem to get the right job, temporary or contract roles can be a great place to start.

Temping allows you to gain some valuable work experience whilst finding out what interests you. It also can provide some helpful income whilst you get ready to find a more permanent role. View our temporary roles here.

6. Grad schemes aren’t the only option. 

Whilst there are plenty of good grad schemes out there, don’t discount the smaller companies that can provide varied on job experience.

It can give you the opportunity to ‘wear a number of different hats’, helping you to develop a wide variety of skills to take your career forward.

7. Keep Busy

Job hunting can take time so it’s good to keep yourself occupied with career focused activities.

Perhaps you can brush up on your IT skills or take a free online course? Above all, it’s important to stay focused, so try to make sure you take positive action each day and work systematically towards your goal.

For help with your graduate job search, why not contact one of our experienced consultants today. They offer support and advice as you take the first steps in your career.
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