Yes, your degree and education are important, but nowadays employers want more than that.
It's all about making yourself as employable as possible and making sure you stand out from the rest!
Here are some tips to help you do just that:
- Be social media savvy
Social media profiles can really help your employment opportunities but believe it or not, employers won't be interested in your 'witty' statuses! If you have to question if it's appropriate, then you know the answer. Also, get LinkedIn to allow employers to search for you and, you for them.
- Make a CV and cover letter
Make different versions if you're applying for slightly varying positions rather than just one generic one. Want to make sure your CV is tip-top? Get in touch with your Careers Team.
- Get experience
Whether you want to do a year placement for your dream company and profession, or a year abroad travellingis more up your street - you're gaining valuable skills that employers look for. Get stuck in!
- Use people
No, not in THAT way. But ask yourself: Who do I know? Get networking with course friends, tutors, university sectors, family friends, literally anyone. Remember, it's not always what you know but it's who you know!
- Confidence is key
Even if you're not a confident person, act it. Whether it's when you're networking, during an interview, or asking someone about a position, you need to show that you can be a confident leader. Remember these 3 things and you'll be fine - breathe, make eye contact and ask questions.
- Know what you're applying for
It's easy to panic and send applications here, there and everywhere but imagine showing up to an interview for a position you know hardly anything about. If you're struggling, email the company and ask for a job specification.
- Preparation, preparation, preparation
You can almost guarantee certain questions getting asked in an interview, so Google the most common ones and plan your answers. It might just save you a few embarrassing pauses and erm's.
- Grad Gains
Get in the know about graduate job websites and schemes now! A few useful ones include Milkround, theguardianjobs and graduate-jobs.
DO: Know the company, know your CV ( & don't lie on it) and research in depth the career sector.
DON'T: Forget to check out the university's careers webpage!