After several years of hard work, you should now be armed with new skills, experiences and a drive to make your first steps into the working world as a graduate.
Transitioning from student to a graduate worker is by no means an easy process, but that’s OK. If you’re wondering what to do next, you’re not alone! While some people have their whole futures mapped out, others can come out of University feeling lost and overwhelmed.
Even if you don’t feel totally unprepared, we’ve put together a list of some quick tips on what to do next as a graduate.
Writing the perfect CV is a difficult skill to master, so much so that some Universities include it as part of the syllabus. As with all skills, it’s important you practice it often.
Your CV may even need to differ slightly, depending on the type of job you’re applying for. You may want to have a couple of CVs in your portfolio geared toward different industries – for example, one tailored to retail and another tailored to office work.
Remember, no CV should be sent off without a good covering letter. When it comes to writing cover letters, make sure these are tailored to the requirements of each job you apply for. While it can be a time consuming process, it’s very important that recruiters know you’re talking directly to them, and that this isn’t just a generic application.
These are the documents that tell prospective employers why you could be a good fit for the job. So tell them who you really are, rather than trying to second guess what they want to see!
Once you’ve perfected these, it’s definitely worth uploading them to job sites as a lot of recruiters will start their search there when looking for potential candidates.
If you’re not already on LinkedIn, it’s a great place to network with people and find opportunities. You can show off your knowledge and professionalism, and also interact with others. It’s also a great source for job adverts so it’s useful to keep on top of it.
Make sure you fill in your profile completely with all your qualifications and experience, even if it’s just volunteer work for now.
If you have social media, make sure that any potential recruiter who finds it won’t be horrified by what they see. Yes, it’s definitely impressive that you put away that many shots on a pub crawl, but prospective employers are likely to be worried about their clients seeing this side of you online.
It’s a good idea to lock up Facebook and Instagram like a fortress, and clean up where you can. If you want an idea of what recruiters can see, simply Google your name and see what comes up.
Internships are fairly common, and a useful way to get a foot in the door. While the ideal scenario is that you find a paid one, many businesses will expect you to work for free.
If you can avoid it, great, but if you’re really struggling, it might be worth accepting an unpaid internship and counting your losses. Just make sure you’re getting a lot of value out of it and learning as much as you can. Hopefully, if you impress, you’ll see a full-time job at the end of it.
Article by – The Accountancy Partnership