You’ve finished your university degree and your life as a graduate is over, but how do you take the important first step in your career? Looking for your first real job can be a daunting experience, but we’ve got some advice to get you off your feet:
One size does not fit all
Sending in the same CV for every job you apply for is a sure way to get rejected each time. Nowadays, it’s increasingly important to tailor your CV to the role you are applying for. Research the company you are looking to join and try to associate your skills with benefits you could bring to them as a member of their team.
Use work experience as a way to get started
Don’t simply look at work experience as a meaningless act – due to today’s skill shortages, employers only have eyes for candidates with experience under their belts. Participating in an apprenticeship, or internship can help you learn if the job you’re interested in is what you really want, and if so you’ll already have some experience. Some places are also known to offer permanent positions to interns who perform well, which could be your gateway to employment.
Prepare accordingly for each interview
It’s impossible to perform well at interview without adequate preparation. Take the time to look into the company you are being put forward for a role with, and brush up on your interview techniques. If you need help, we’ve got a handy guide to help you get ready for the big meeting.