Eek! The worst part about graduating is the graduate job search. After the euphoria that came with handing in your very last piece of work, to the graduation parties where the champagne flows, the hard reality eventually hits: It’s time to get on board the graduate job search express.
Except, unlike an express train (which is really quick and efficient), a graduate job search can seem like a terribly dull and slow process. There are so many jobs out there that finding the one that is right for you can often seem like trying to look for a needle in a haystack. And you studied all those years for this?!
But you’ve no need to worry anymore, because we’re on hand to help with our job search tips for graduates!
There are a number of job opportunities for UK graduates, but because there are literally so many jobs on offer, it can be quite the task to find the jobs that are right for you. Moreover, because there are so many graduates looking for the same jobs as you are, your quest becomes ever tougher.
To help you out, you need to make sure that you are well up for the fight. We suggest that you create brand new email address that is only to be used for your job search. This separate email address will help you to look and sound more professional (as long as you choose a professional-sounding email address!), and you can even implement a new voice mail system so that your missed calls are directed to this professional response (as opposed to your old “Hi! It’s Me! Sorry I can’t take your calls but I’m busy GETTING DRUNK!”)
Don’t Sit Around Idly
Job opportunities for UK graduates might well be plentiful, but they’re certainly not growing on trees. Thousands of students graduate each year and competition for jobs is stiff. If you want to make sure you stay one step ahead of the competition, it’s important that you don’t sit around waiting for responses to that one email you sent.
Instead, use the time you’re waiting for a response to search and apply for more jobs! Don’t sit around expecting things to happen – make them happen.
Use Social Media
Your graduate job search in 2015 should take you far and wide, and it should definitely take you to social media. Jobs are often posted on social media sites such as twitter, but perhaps the most important recruitment site of them all is LinkedIn.
If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, we suggest that you sign up ASAP. LinkedIN is a worldwide recruitment social media website which connects employers to employees, and which is bursting with job opportunities. If you’re savvy enough, you might just be able to snap up that job your peers missed.
Use Job Search Engines UK
Google is for fun, but job search engines UK are for when things get serious – such as when you’re looking for a job! As well as social media, you should take your graduate job search into job search engines UK, such as Indeed.com and Monster.co.uk. These websites are crammed with jobs, but getting your head around them can be a bit of a chore. We suggest signing up as soon as possible and making the most of these websites.
Do not forget to get ready for the interview with our interview questions for graduates.
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