Tips for employment after you leave university.

1. Have a well written CV.

On average you have just 8.8 seconds to stand out, so you need to be able to sell yourself.  Submitting a generic CV won’t get you an interview.

Even though it’s time-consuming, don’t apply for every job that interests you, instead find five or ten that are great opportunities and take the time to tailor your CV and cover letter to those jobs - it’s the first thing a hiring manager will see so you need to be confident it will help you to stand apart from the other applicants. If you don't have a CV - contact us. We will be happy to help.

2. Your personal statement should not replicate your CV

Composing a compelling personal statement, especially during your first job search is difficult. A common mistake is regurgitating what’s on your CV. Instead, write about your strengths so you present yourself as a solution to the company’s problems and tell a story about the value you would bring to them. If you are still not sure what to include in your personal statement contact us.

3. Clean-up your social media

Employers do Google candidates and will check your social media profiles. So make sure to review your profile and untag any unwanted photos to ensure they are impressed by what they see. Try to showcase a blog or post relevant tweets that show you engage with current affairs or the industry you’re applying to work in. If they’re confident you’re in control of your personal brand, they’re more likely to trust you with theirs. Take a look at this video on how to manage your online reputation.

4. Robot-proof your application

To get your CV into an HR person’s hands it could need to pass through an application tracking system. That means you’ll need to incorporate the right keywords. Find these by looking at the language used in their job ad. Formatting also plays a factor. While your CV may contain the necessary keywords, if you have a complex design (i.e. you use a fancy font) it may prevent the document from translating to the HR person’s computer or smartphone. So don’t get overly creative. 

5. Be realistic 

The reality is that it takes time to kick-off your dream career and find the perfect job. Don’t settle, but also don’t rush to reject an opportunity that just isn’t 100% perfect. You may be able to gain more of the experiences you crave once you’re in the door and impressing people. Think of your first job as a stepping-stone to your long-term career goals. And don’t let any knockbacks dent your confidence!

Posted: Thursday 8 August 2019