Job search tips graduates don’t usually hear

Don’t pigeonhole your job search

You might be currently searching for roles which closely match the subject you obtained your degree in. For example, you may feel that because you studied English Literature, you should be looking for writing or teaching jobs.

However, this is not the case! Employers are increasingly interested in soft and transferable skills. In fact, adaptability is one of the most sought-after qualities for a candidate.

You may not have ever even thought of these skills before. To reveal these “hidden” qualities, you can use online aptitude tests, or even ask past employers and friends!

Don’t ignore temporary roles

The UK currently has the highest number of temporary workers in Europe, totalling over 1.6 million; or 5% of the workforce. The temporary job market offers a variety of opportunities to a recent graduate, such as:

  • Adding valuable experience to your CV: As temporary roles are usually short and have clearly defined tasks, you can use the transferable skills you have learned and apply them to future job applications.
     
  • Expanding your network: If you give a temporary role your all, you are likely to stick in your colleagues’ minds. This could lead to long lasting and valued connections, which also could potentially translate to a great permanent role!
     
  • Building your confidence: If you have never worked before, or are looking at new industries, a temporary assignment is sure to place you out of your comfort zone. You could find you love an industry you never even considered before! 

Upskill yourself

As a graduate who has spent the last few years dedicated to academia, you may not have had time to gain professional work experience.

Although employers may understand this, you can place yourself above the competition by increasing your skill set in innovative ways. Charities are always looking for volunteers in various industries and sectors, or you can hunt for short term internships which will give you valuable experience.

Another good way to show your passion is developing a blog relevant to your industry and interests. A blog at its core shows writing, social media and CMS knowledge, all of which can be added to your CV – along with providing context to your industry knowledge gained throughout university.     

Make use of Recruitment Agencies

Meeting with a professional recruiter is a great way to kick-start your job search. Recruiters have a wide network of clients with established relationships, meaning they can often get you in touch quickly with new and interesting roles.

Recruitment Consultants can also act as career mentors, which is reassuring if you’re feeling disheartened by the job search process. A consultant should provide you with advice and guidance - from submitting your CV, all the way to salary negotiations.

However, don’t just cross your fingers and pick any agency. 

Don’t compare yourself to your friends

The best tip is saved for last; do not compare yourself to your friends. Sure, we all have a couple of friends who are off working for global companies and going on exotic holidays, but most graduates feel exactly the same as you do now!

You will get there eventually, you just haven’t found the perfect opportunity yet. So, follow our tips, take care of yourself, and in no time, you will find yourself in the perfect role.

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Sector: Accountancy, Banking and Finance
Salary: £30,000 - £38,000
Location: Haverhill
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
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About the role

The Just Recruitment Group have a superb opportunity for an experienced Management Accountant to join our client on a fulltime, permanent basis working near to Haverhill.

Reporting directly to the CEO of this fast growing successful company. The business is currently growing at 20% per annum and is at a pivotal moment in its development. New premises have been purchased and new sales and accounting systems are due to be installed in the coming 6 months. This role will be part of the senior management team and involved in key decision making for the business going forward.

Responsibilities include:

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The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:

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Service Engineer
Sector: Engineering and Manufacturing
Salary: £30,000 to £35,000 Per Annum
Location: National
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 906655
About the role

This position is based nationally and reports to the Field Service Manager.

Responsibilities

  • Attending customer sites across the UK and Ireland as required by the business.
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Qualification 

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Skills

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Experience

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Personal attributes

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Hours

Monday to Friday 08:30 – 17:00 with a 60-minute unpaid lunch break. However, will be expected to work such additional hours as are necessary for the proper performance of your duties.

Reward Package

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Sector: Engineering and Manufacturing
Salary: discussed on application
Location: Telford
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
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Our client offers advanced automation solutions from complete turnkey solutions to specialised tooling. 

Required to support our manufacturing cell: 

Responsibilities: 

  • Mechanical fitting and assembly of finished products to on site manufactured customer orders prior to shipment 
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Skills Required: 

  • Measuring components using electronic measuring equipment 
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Hours of Work: 

Monday – Thursday: 8.00 am – 5.00 pm
30-minutes for lunch. 
Friday: 8.00am – 2.30pm 
40-hours per week 

Benefits: 

In return, we offer a competitive salary, good benefits package, free on-site parking and a generous holiday allocation. 

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Sector: Accountancy, Banking and Finance
Salary: £25,000
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Do you have compliance experience and are looking for a new challenge? 

Have you worked in financial services? 

Our client is a busy financial services organisation with a diverse client database, looking to take on a Compliance Associate to assist the Compliance manager with regulatory processes and procedures. 

We are looking for someone with experience in Compliance-related work and 1-2 years of experience in a financial services, or a similar role. We are also looking for someone who is highly motivated and results oriented. 

The role will be working within a busy office and involves the following duties: 

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