How To Get That Dream Graduate Job
Now is one of the best times in history to land a graduate job. Starting salaries for these roles in sectors ranging from retail to law are sometimes in excess of £40,000 a year. Competition for these roles is fierce. Sometimes this level of competition can stress candidates out so much that they are put-off applying completely. Here’s what you need to do to ensure that your CV stands out from the crowd and put yourself in poll position to land an amazing job after graduating.
Reflect On Your Work Experience
You’ve probably been told to get as much work experience as possible before applying for a graduate job. This is essential. However, because everybody takes on numerous work experience placements and internships, employers are expecting to find them on your CV. What they are looking for is to see whether you used these experiences of work to demonstrate the skills that you’ll need if you’re going to enjoy a successful career at their firms. When writing and speaking about this part of your life, you need to carefully tailor your answers so that they show why these skills make you an incredible fit for that employer’s company culture.
Demonstrating that you have an excellent understanding of the company’s values is also integral to persuading them to hire you, as staff who fit right in, love working with their colleagues and offer clients phenomenal service, are what every company wants. Be sure to explain why each of your experiences shows that you think about the world in the same way as the company you’re applying to work for.
Listing your experiences without adding why they’d make you a great team member at the company you’re applying to won’t get you anywhere. Everyone else will be doing that.
Tailor Your CV
Your CV has to be relevant to the job you’re applying for. Employers receive hundreds, if not thousands, of applications for their graduate roles every single day. CVs that don’t clearly explain how a candidate would deliver exceptional value to employers at first glance probably won’t get read. Unfortunately, some people think that graduate salaries are so high because of how much employers value degrees. It is true that degrees give graduates important skills. However, degrees alone are not enough to land dream graduate jobs. Employers want to see evidence of how you are going to use the skills that you gained while studying to make them more money than they’re paying you as a salary. Usually salaries are calculated to be a third of the revenue that employees are expected to generate. If you are applying for a role that pays £40k+, employers will want to know how you’ll generate £120k+ in extra revenue for them. You need to tell them this by specifying clearly how you achieved great results in similar roles for other businesses in their sector at the beginning of your CV. Further into your CV, you then need to show how you would seamlessly transfer similar results to their businesses.
Always Write A Covering Letter
A covering letter shows that you care about the job you’re applying for. If you’ve taken the time to write a letter explaining how much you appreciate being considered for the role, how much you admire the company, and why you think you’d add huge value to the team you’re applying to; your application will stand out.
Exceptional CVs that don’t include an interesting covering letter are often discarded immediately. That’s a tragedy because that applicant could have become a fantastic employee of, and ambassador for that business. However, if they didn’t explain that clearly in a polite covering letter, nobody will ever know.
Make Excellent Use Of LinkedIn
It has not been unknown for graduates to add all of their Facebook friends on LinkedIn to make it look as though they have hundreds of professional connections. While this approach will definitely increase the number of connections that you have on LinkedIn; it won’t help you to land your dream graduate job. How you interact with your connections on LinkedIn is far more important to your job search than how many you have. When you make a new connection, don’t be afraid to send them a polite message asking if they know anyone who could help you with your job search. Make sure that your profile is formally written and is free from any grammatical errors. Then make sure that it specifies exactly which opportunities you are looking for, so that it makes the lives of anyone trying to help you a lot easier. ‘I don’t know what to do’ isn’t a great response to questions about the sort of roles you’re looking for as it doesn’t assist people when they’re thinking about which of their contacts could be good connections for you.
Remember That Recruiters Are Your Friends
Recruiters are very, very useful people to have in your corner when you’re looking for a great graduate job. Doing things like missing interviews that they’ve arranged for you, not answering their phone calls, or turning up to interviews and meetings tired and unprepared because you went out the night before, will not endear you to them. Many recruiters will stop representing candidates who behave in this manner. That leaves the candidate having to apply for jobs without their expert assistance. Their help and in particular, their interview coaching, will be key to a successful graduate job search. Please treat them with the respect that they deserve.
At KAG we are always here for a chat if you need some help before applying for your dream graduate job. Get the ball rolling by uploading your CV to our site today.