GUIDES TO GETTING HIRED
After spending three or four years in the university bubble, the prospect of flying the nest and securing that all-important graduate job can seem daunting. Alongside this, uncertainty about the future of Britain’s economy and working population due to factors such as Brexit has actually resulted in graduate recruitment among the Times’ Top 100 Graduate Employers falling for the first time in five years.
This, coupled with the fact that there are more graduates now than ever before taking jobs which previously did not require a degree, suggests that it is now harder than in previous years for graduates to break into the labour market and forge sustainable careers for themselves.
This means that current students should start seeking graduate employment opportunities early on. Especially as the competition for each graduate job becomes tighter. In positive news, many employers now offer work experience schemes specifically for first year undergraduates. Alongside more traditional internships for final year students.
What’s more, there’s predictions that graduate recruitment will increase by a cautious 3.6% at the country’s top employers in 2018.
And, salaries are expected to remain at a stable starting level of around £30,000. There are still plenty of opportunities to snap up. Take a look at our top tips on finding the perfect graduate job and launching your career.
GRADUATE CAREERS FAIRS
GET YOUR CV SEEN
SPEAK TO COMPANIES DIRECTLY
Most universities will host regular careers fairs on their premises. These will feature both employers local to the area and representatives from global brands. These are usually advertised through the careers department at the university, but are also often emailed out to all students. This is regardless of whether they have signed up for careers alerts.
It’s important to note down any careers fairs you want to attend as soon as you’re alerted to them. Some will be open to all students all day. Others will have sessions you have to book on to and may target students on a specific course. Once you’re there, try to speak to as many employers and promoters as possible. It’s always best to bring along copies of your CV. But, at the very least, be prepared to take contact details and give your own to any employers you are particularly keen on.
GET IN COMPANIES FACES
As obvious as it sounds, your dream graduate job will not simply fall into your lap! By putting yourself out there to as many recruiters, employers and relevant professionals as possible, you’re giving yourself a much higher chance of kick-starting your career. By uploading your CV onto CV-Library, for example, you immediately make yourself viewable to over 10,000 recruiters in all sectors and all locations. In addition, you can also apply directly to advertised jobs.
This means that even when you aren’t giving the job search any particular thought, your CV is still working hard for you. You don’t have to be particularly experienced to upload your CV on CV-Library; it’s open to students too. So, you can start preparing yourself for the graduate job search from as young as sixteen! Recruiters can view your CV and get in contact with you at any point once it’s uploaded. Therefore, make sure that your CV includes your availability, and expected graduation date.
DEVELOP YOUR NETWORK
WORK THE ROOM
These days, networking is more important than ever. In fact, as the world grows increasingly interconnected and social media plays a prevalent role in the job seeking process, your social media presence can make a big difference to your networking success.
Think about whether it may be worth cleaning up your Facebook profile. Student photos from fancy dress socials and drinking challenges don’t exactly set the right tone for your graduate job search. Alongside this, you might want to switch your Twitter profile to private in preparation for employers and colleagues searching for, and connecting with, you.