6 Ways to Make Yourself More Employable
By Laura Whittle on July 20th, 2018
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You’ve just graduated from university and now you’re ready to dive into the world of work!
Here are our top tips on how to make yourself more employable when applying for your first job after university…
Take time to update and tailor your CV to each specific job to impress employers and stand out from the crowd. Read job descriptions carefully and make sure you understand the roles and responsibilities required. This way you can craft your CV focusing on skills that are a great match for the position.
If you aren’t sure or need help, speak to your university career advisor before you leave! You could also contact a recruiter who can help you find a job based on your skills and experience.
To be considered for a job, an employer may ask you to provide a cover letter. A cover letter is your first opportunity to introduce yourself, it also gives you the chance to explain why you’re the best fit for the job by highlighting relevant skills and experience.
A great cover letter shouldn’t repeat your CV but instead, tell the employer what it is about the job that is attractive to you and why you want to work for them.
Many employers will look you up online before considering you for an interview. So, make sure your social media doesn’t put them off by setting personal profiles to private and maintaining a professional online presence.
If you don’t already have a LinkedIn profile, consider creating one. LinkedIn is a great way to network with professionals and promote yourself to recruiters!
Work experience is something many employers want from candidates and in most cases, it’s essential – which is difficult when trying to get your foot in the door! If you’re currently at university, consider a part-time job (preferably relevant to your studies) or even volunteering in your spare time.
Your first job might not meet your salary or schedule expectations, but flexibility certainly pays off. This doesn’t mean you should take a job that isn’t the right fit, but if you’re flexible with your desired income and work schedule you might get a job sooner rather than later!
If you’ve just graduated (congratulations) and struggling to land your dream job, don’t be disheartened by how competitive it might be.
Potentially, you could end up applying for many jobs and attending numerous interviews without much success, but it’s important to keep a positive mindset throughout this process. Every application you make and interview you attend is practice, so always ask for feedback so that you can learn from the experience and make improvements.
Good luck! ?