• Lorraine Buckley

Tips for Fresh Graduates on the Job Hunt

Updated: Jul 20, 2021

Searching for a new job can be overwhelming and bring us significant stress, especially when searching for our first role in a new field or we're changing career paths. 73% of people on the hunt for a new job are experiencing anxiety.

With so many people facing redundancy throughout the pandemic, more people than usual are searching for new roles, even ones they find themselves overqualified for, making the competition steeper for recent graduates.

In this blog post, we have gathered several tips to help you create a job search checklist.

Update your CV, and Update it Again.

That's right. Look over your CV multiple times. If you're unsure about the format looking professional enough, it is worth seeking some help. Ensure that you don't leave out any vital information which might help you to stand out.

Provide bullet points that are to the point, making sure that grammar and spelling are intact. Read over the CV several times, as you may miss one or two little things which might suggest that you don't pay enough attention to detail. List skills, experience and achievements.

Many job sites scan CV's for relevant industry keywords, so be mindful of this. Your wording matters when using job application websites. Inject the right keywords to allow your CV to be discovered, but avoid "keyword stuffing".

If you Don't Have a LinkedIn Account, Set One up Today.

Ensure that you have an up to date, professional LinkedIn profile. Avoid poor quality profile pictures with distracting backgrounds. Your profile picture governs people's impressions from the beginning. Include a relevant background photo, professional summary and begin to grow your network. There are many articles online with more in-depth tips on how to set your profile up successfully.

LinkedIn is SO essential today and the go-to for finding new career opportunities.

After you've created your professional profile, begin to expand your network. How many people do you know that are interested in the same career field as you? Or within the same career field but with several more years of experience?

Whether you want to learn from new people in your industry or message hiring managers at your dream company, LinkedIn provides you with the opportunity to follow or connect with people relevant to you.

Make a List of Skills Required for your Target Roles. [Learn Them]

Go online and look for details on job specifications for your target position. Make a list of skills required to fill the roles, and set yourself some learning goals to tick off all the necessary skills one by one. LinkedIn Premium allows you to access endless short courses where you can add to your current skillsets. Similar, websites like Udemy offer various affordable classes where you can continue to learn during your job search.

Shout About your Results! [Just Don't Actually Shout]

Anyone can say what they want to in an interview.

"I was one of the best salespeople on my team! I'm confident in my ability to grow this company."

Don't just say it. Elaborate on it!

How will the interviewer know that you were the best salesperson? Talk about the targets that you hit, mention percentages, numbers, and show that you're not afraid to provide proof if asked. Remember to provide examples.

Be Authentic. [But Still Prepare]

Write/type a list of bullet points with answers to generic interview questions so that you don't catch yourself frozen with nerves, not knowing what to say.

Most interviews will include a set of standard questions. Practice talking confidently about yourself and why you would be a good fit for the role in under two minutes. If you don't believe in yourself, how will the interviewer? Create an elevator pitch for yourself. Almost every interview will begin with "Tell us about you".

Don't Allow Rejection to Demotivate you.

Every interview is practice for the next. When the right role comes around, you will be comfortable in an interview environment and equipped for any questions thrown your way. Don't view it as rejection; view it as practice. Make a mental note of all the questions you were asked, and create a list of answers. It is easy to become demotivated after several rejections, but I assure you, you're not alone, and it is just a very normal part of the process.

Don't Just Wait for a Job to Be Advertised.

Reach out to companies you would love to work for and find ways to present yourself to them—getting out there before the job advert sets you apart from the competition. It might seem like a long shot when the company is not actively hiring, but who knows? It's worth a shot! You gotta be in to win!

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