Five job search tips for new graduates
This is a guest post by Sachin Shah, Director of International, SimplyHired.co.uk
Entering the job market for the first time can be a daunting experience. It’s hard to know where to start looking for a job and what to expect. But a job search doesn’t have to be a painful experience if you stay organised and take advantage of the wealth of tools and resources available to you.
Here are a few tips for getting started:
1. Determine the type of job you want. Ask yourself, “where do I want to work? What industries? What occupations? What companies?” Make a list of the attributes and descriptors of your ideal role so you can focus your job search. There is no point searching for jobs if you don’t know what area you want to work in!
2. Start using social networks professionally. Create a LinkedIn profile and use Facebook to keep track of your contacts and where they work so you can discover job opportunities within your network where you might have an ‘in.’
You can also follow companies you’re interested in on Twitter to learn about the company and the roles they are hiring for. Remember to review your profiles with a critical eye and remove any pictures or wall posts that could appear unprofessional to a potential employer.
3. Be creative with your CV. Most university graduates have very little work experience when they enter the job market, so it’s important to look at other ways to showcase your achievements. The experience you gained in your coursework, volunteer work, involvement in societies and extracurricular activities not only give potential employers an idea of the skills and abilities you’ll bring to a role, they’ll help employers learn about your personality.
4. Don’t be afraid to start at the bottom. Landing your dream job immediately after university might not be possible, so think about how you can get a foot in the door in the industry or company where you want to work. An entry level role or internship can help you build up your CV, expose you to valuable contacts and enable you to prove yourself so you can start climbing the career ladder. You may also find that the industry you thought you wanted to pursue isn’t the right fit after all.
5. Stay positive. Finding a job can be a long process when you’re entering an extremely competitive job market. Potential employers will pick up on negativity so don’t let the search get you down. Set specific goals each week to stay motivated, such as setting up three informational interviews or attending a networking event. And remember to make time for yourself and have fun – this is one of the most exciting times in your life!
For more job search tips for recent university graduates, check out SimplyHired.co.uk’s New Graduate Job Search Guide.
Sachin is the Director of International at SimplyHired.co.uk. His work at SimplyHired.co.uk is driven by a basic belief: finding your next job should be a simple yet effective, enjoyable journey. He joined the job search engine in 2004, and as an early employee and the Director of Product, was responsible for launching and growing SimplyHired.co.uk and Jobamatic.com while working closely with job seekers and employers to develop new offerings.
Recently, Sachin has expanded his attentions to global job seeker needs, launching SimplyHired.co.uk’s job search service in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. Prior to joining SimplyHired.co.uk, Sachin co-founded a marketing communications agency, and worked in product design for several Internet start-up companies. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.