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Employment advice for students

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14:45 PM | 17 June 2016
by Alina Tolstova
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When you are searching for a job there are number of aspects that need to be considered. Here are a few tips to take into account while hunting for a job.

CV and cover letter

First aspect that should be considered by fresh graduates is writing a well-structured CV. There are plenty of samples and information available on how to write a CV that will catch recruiter’s attention. Remember that it takes 30 seconds for recruiter to decide whether you will be contacted or not. If you still experiencing difficulties with CV there are number of companies (like FutureRising) that offer professional help such as reviewing CV, giving a recommendations on formatting, outlining and grasping key words that recruiters are looking for.

Another important document is a cover letter. Your cover letter must give recruiters an overview of your past experience, demonstrate understanding of the role, knowledge of the company and give a well structured explanation as to why you are a suitable candidate for the organisation.

LinkedIn and online presence

Apart from mentioned above documents, it is worth considering digital profiles such as LinkedInn. LinkedIn is a business website which allows recruiters to headhunt potential candidates for available roleswithin the organisation. It is important to maximise and highlight keywords such as having a title of the role, clear explanation of the responsibilities and skills. Keywords help recruiters to find you and to boost your chance to be considered. Apart from professional sites, overall online presence should be monitored.

Identify your career path

It is imperative to decide on what do you want to do. It includes the industry, sector, the nature of the duties and etc. Focus on a role that you wish for, think what qualifications, skills, experience might be needed. It might be a relevant degree, a course to complete for needed certification or to upgrade experience. Think of qualities that might be required for this position. Once you resolute your career projection, you can focus on job hunting.

Platforms for job search

There are number of platforms and sources worth considering.

First of all, large job sites like Reed, Indeed and Monster offer large scope of job positions, although it attracts large number of candidates and therefore is hypercompetitive. It is worth to visit less competitive job sites or apply directly through company’s website or narrow the search based on the industry.

Keep in mind that being able to connect your application with the role and the company profile will demonstrate the interest and relevance to the advertised position. This could be achieved through analysing personal skills and experience that is relevant to the role and show that you have done your research about the industry and the company. The quality of the application and relevance is more important than the number of applications.

Apart from job sites there are different platforms that should be taken into account such as recruitment agencies, social media and contacts/networking.

Promote yourself

Other ways to promote yourself is through building a profile, website or blog. It gives an instant glimpse on your personality behind the standard CV and is efficient for someone looking for a job in creative sectors such as marketing, advertising and art.

Getting experience in the industry

Fresh graduates or students might not have relevant or sufficient skills or experience for desired roles. In situations like this the available options would be:

  • Have a short course. It might be also available online
  • Search for full-time/ part-time internships
  • Write a speculative letter to a company that potentially might or will have opportunities. It is vital to show an interest in a company and highlight why you can be useful for the organisation.
  • Search for apprenticeships. Some have age limit, however, compared to internships they last for extended period of time, have a formal training and are paid.
  • Volunteer. Either volunteer at university activities/ societies or within enterprise. Volunteering can give valuable skills and experience.

Interview process

The next stage is going through interview process. Find all the advice you need in our Interview Tips.

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