Graduation is a memory and your tired of watching day time TV. Your applying for endless jobs- so what are you doing wrong? Your only crime is not graduating from a Russell Group university. Those fortunate students managed to secure jobs before cap and gowns had even been purchased. The truth is universities don’t do enough, to prepare graduates for the competitive world of work. Despite this, the world doesn’t owe you anything and you must rely on yourself.
What is a graduate Job?
A graduate job is usually an entry level job that provides training over a period of time. This could also be a job within a professional sector such public services or education. The job role will be more extensive and your pay should match this. However, pay varies depending on the company/ organisation and the profession. In a graduate job you will be starting at the bottom, so be prepared to work extra hard. You will have unlimited progression power and an opportunity to make a career in you chosen field. This would be the perfect time to ask yourself if you want a graduate job. Maybe you want to start your own business or get a job with less commitment. Think about this carefully because you don’t want to waste your time.
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What is the one thing that you are always doing? This could be anything and doesn’t have to be related your degree. If you are not passionate about the jobs you are applying for, this will be obvious in your application. Remember every job receives thousands of applications, so you want to make yours different. Show a real passion and knowledge for your field. When writing applications always state that you would be happy to discuss your thoughts/ ideas, in more detail at the interview. This shows real passion but most of all positive thinking- you must believe that you can do the job before you get an interview. Advice on How to succeed in a Graduate interview can be found in my previous post.
Finding your passion is one thing, but keeping it is quite another. Positive thinking is what will get you through the hard days. You must give each job application 100%. This gives you the best chance of success. As you will know, graduate application forms are long and tedious, but don’t let this put you off. Do each section over a period of hours and save it when your tired. If you have to write a personal statement- with the most common question being “How do you match our job specification, be sure to give detailed examples.” This question is asking you to exaggerate all your job and life experience in order to meet their specifications- please note exaggerate doesn’t mean lie. As this is an extended piece of writing, treat it like a coursework and get a friend to check it for spelling, grammar and clarity. This could be the difference between an interview or a rejection email.
As a fresh graduate you should be brimming with creativity. Gone are the days where your main traits could be problem solving and good communication skills. Employers wants someone who is going to add value to their company or improve their service. When writing your job application, explicitly state what value you would add to the company/ organisation. This could make all the difference in gaining that vital interview. If you are looking for a job in a competitive field, it may be useful to look for smaller companies. For example, if you can’t get a job as a feature writer at Hello magazine, try your local newspaper. One of the things about being a modern graduate, is having the ability to find and create your own opportunities.
This is something that you have little control of, although some people believe you make your own luck. Try and put yourself in the best position for work. This could mean doing an internship, or saying yes to all reasonable opportunities that come your way. I landed my first job by pure luck. I didn’t get the job initially, but when the other applicant dropped out I was their first choice. This is why it’s so important to make a good impression at interviews. If another position becomes available it may be offered to you.
I hope that you have found this blog useful- if so please share it with your friends. In these hard times of unemployment you must remain positive. No situation is permanent.
- Inside the Mind of a Graduate Recruiter (studenttalent.wordpress.com)
- Each graduate job gets 85 applicants (bbc.co.uk)
- How to Succeed in Graduate a Job Interview (thegraduate21.com)
- Graduate Limbo (simonworthington1.wordpress.com)