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:
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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