7 ways to make yourself more employable after graduating
Graduating this month? Congratulations! Whilst you’re probably (and deservedly) taking some time to celebrate your achievement, you may also be thinking about your next steps. Still have a year or two of university left? Well, it’s never too early to get some career inspiration! Here are our tips for making yourself more employable after graduating, which we hope will be useful in helping you find a job.
1. Visit your university careers service
Before leaving university, it’s a great idea to visit the careers service if you haven’t done so before. Whether it’s for an in-depth talk about what you want to do with your life or just a few quick improvements to your CV, the whole purpose of the careers service is to help you – so use it!
2. Tailor each application
Whilst it’s crucial to have a strong general CV (there are many guides out there on writing them, (including this great one), it is just as important to change your CV and covering letter for each job application. You might need to highlight different experiences and skills for different positions. Think carefully about how you can show that you will be great in the role described by the job spec, and do a bit of research into the company when writing the covering letter – this will be sure to impress!
3. Get yourself on job sites
This is where you can put your general CV. It doesn’t take long to create a profile on a job site, and once you have, you’re opening yourself up to the possibility of an employer or recruiter finding you through a search! A website you might already be on is LinkedIn, so if you’ve not been on it for a while, it’s a good idea to update your profile. The LinkedIn jobs app also regularly posts job vacancies, so is worth downloading to expand your options.
4. Be aware of your online presence
This doesn’t just mean on job websites such as LinkedIn. Potential employers will almost certainly Google you and look at any social media profiles you have. So check to see what they will find when they do so and make changes to ensure there’s nothing that will put them off.
5. Consider using a recruitment agency
Recruitment agencies aren’t just for experienced professionals; many specialise in graduates and can save you hours of scrolling through job listings. Here’s a helpful guide to recruitment agencies. There’s no harm in being in a recruiter’s database, so think about whether this is one of the routes you could take in your job search.
6. Be a more unique applicant
There’s no getting around the fact that for many jobs you’ll have a lot of competition, so try to have an application that stands out. What can you do that nobody else will have on their CV? Work experience and volunteering can sometimes give you skills that are particularly desirable to the employers you’ll be trying to impress - they don’t have to be in the exact same field, as long as they’re transferable. Or, why not do something even more out of the ordinary, such as taking an online course?
7. Do a year of work abroad
Perhaps you’re not ready to start looking for a “proper” job, and maybe you’re quite keen on travel and adventure. Well here’s an idea to get you thinking: get a foreign working visa and combine a gap year with a bit of work. An Australian working holiday visa is a good one to look into. The visa is easy to get, Australia is an English-speaking country and it’s an awesome place to visit.