How to Land Your First Graduate Job

After graduating or finding your first graduate job after education it can be disheartening to land the first role in your desired field. Many employers emphasise that they want candidates with experience in order to employ them and without experience, you may receive constant rejection.

There is no set formula for obtaining a job. Although being persistent and making the relevant changes can enhance your job search.

Acknowledge

Acknowledge what stage of your job search that you are currently at:

  • Deciding stage
  • Applying Stage
  • Planning Stage

It is vital to know when you are deciding what important values stick out to you from employers and if your qualifications and skills. When you are at the applying stage it is vital to ensure that you are effectively tailoring your applications to align with the requirements set out by employers.

At the planning stage, you should reflect and evaluate your approach to being strategic to obtaining employment. Plan and prepare for interviews improving your interviewing your ability and your confidence. Acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses and be prepared to articulate your strengths at interviews.

Personal Branding

Tailor your CV and applications for each job you apply for using keywords related to the role and job description which highlight your transferable skills.

If you have been sending the same exact CV and getting the same responses it’s probably time to look into this and make the necessary changes.

Complete the niche qualifications in your desired field to show employers your determination.

Networking

Gain experience or exposure by volunteering or shadowing. These opportunities can lead to paid work and good networking opportunities.

Find professionals in your desired field and get an insight into the day-to-day responsibilities and their career path.

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