Dear Media Contacts, I graduated this year and although I’ve been applying for jobs since April, I am no further forward. What am I doing wrong? Jane, Sussex
Dear Jane, we completely understand how frustrating and disheartening it can be to not find employment after spending a considerable amount of time and money on studying for a degree. However, there are so many graduates looking for jobs that competition is always incredibly stiff. It’s important to step back and think about re-structuring your job search and changing your approach.
Start by asking yourself not just ‘What job do I actually want?’ and, ‘What do I want to gain from the job?’ but ‘What have I got to offer?’ You can begin by searching for many useful tips on commencing your job search if you are partially struggling to find a job after graduation.
If the problem lies with the interview process, there are many websites available which provide useful interview confidence boosters.
Then there are a range of factors to consider, from where you are searching for jobs to how you interview. Here are some ideas:
- University job boards – These job boards will have the latest job vacancies advertised where you can easily apply and speak to careers advisers about all aspects of the process.
- Contact recruiters – Reach out to people like us! Our team can match your skills and experience with companies currently hiring staff.
- Widen your job search – You can easily do this through signing up to sites such as targetjobs.co.uk where you can receive job alerts for relevant positions.
- Network – The old saying, ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ holds water. Go to as many career events as you can and make the most of all the networking opportunities on LinkedIn. You can also search for advice on the best ways to make the most out of the job fairs.
- Work experience – If you can do an internship it will speak volumes for your commitment and give you a head start over other applicants.
- CV – Arguably, your CV is the most important document you will ever write. It is the sales aid that will get you an interview, so make sure it’s perfect. That means ensuring perfect attention to detail and absolutely no spelling or grammatical errors. Ask a recruiter for a free professional critique. Your accompanying email creates a first impression, so make sure you’ve spelled the name of the person you are sending it to correctly.
- Interview – Everyone hates being rejected, but constructive criticism is invaluable and the way you respond to rejection will make a huge difference. Asking for feedback from interviewers will allow you to identify areas you need to improve on. You may find that there is a recurring issue, which you can then address.
- Social media – Be conscious of what you are posting on social media channels, as employers can and WILL check. In the same way that you check the company out before attending your interview, they will be looking at your social media footprint. Ensure your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn doesn’t contain any untoward pictures or comments. Also, if you’re a blog writer, ask yourself ‘Would I want a future employer to read this?’ because they almost certainly will.