Finding Graduate Jobs: The Guide to Employment

Written by Zoe Cresswell
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One of the most important points in a student’s life is finding their first graduate job. The prospect can be daunting, and if you don’t know what to do or where to start, it can seem impossible to find your dream graduate job. Luckily, we’re here with some helpful advice on how to go about finding those elusive graduate jobs! 

What are Graduate jobs?

Graduate jobs are a great way to start your career. They typically require a degree and can be found in many different industries. Graduate jobs can be defined as occupations that usually require knowledge and skills learned and developed on a minimum three-year university degree to ensure the individual can perform the associated tasks competently. 

How to Get a Graduate Job

Put your CV out there  

Job sites aren’t exclusive to job seekers; employers and recruiters often use them to search for candidates actively. If your CV is uploaded to your profile, there’s a chance that a potential employer could come across it and feel that you are a perfect candidate for a vacant position they have. Creating accounts on jobs sites is easy; spend some time creating profiles and uploading your documents to boost your chances of a job finding you! 

Use Recruitment Agencies  

Graduate recruitment agencies are a great resource and definitely one you should use in your job search after finishing university. There are thousands of recruitment agencies across the UK, and many of them specialise in graduate jobs. The agencies get paid a commission every time they fill a vacant role for a company, which means they’ll do everything they can to make sure you find a suitable job. Whilst there are many benefits to using recruitment agencies, make sure you research them before you dive right in. 

Use your connections  

If you’ve finished university, you’re probably well aware of how important networking is. Now is the time to make use of that list of contacts you’ve built up. It’s often said that it’s not what you know but who you know, which couldn’t be more accurate in this instance. Thousands of jobs are filled each year by word of mouth, so if you know someone who works in an industry you’re interested in, ask them if they know of any vacancies you could apply for. If you know someone who already works at a company you’re interested in, then don’t be scared to ask them to recommend you for a role, or if that feels too much, ask them to put you in touch with the right people. 

Research!  

You should always do some research on the company you’re interested in before applying for a graduate job. Researching the industry, what they do, and their mission statement will allow you to write an impressive cover letter that sells your skills as being suitable for that role. This is also useful if, during an interview, the interviewer asks why you want to work for that company or what you think of the organisation. 

Customise applications  

Make sure you tailor your applications to each role before sending them out to companies. Your application documents must be customised to the role; make sure you don’t sound like a robot by putting the same standard covering letter for every job. Tailoring an application will show potential employers how passionate and determined you are about getting their job. 

Be selective  

It can be easy to get carried away with applying for graduate jobs, but it’s important that you don’t apply for every role on the market just because it has ‘graduate’ in the title. Make sure your job search is selective and targeted towards roles relevant to what you want to do in life after university. If you’re not careful, then you could end up in a job you don’t enjoy, so make sure you only apply for roles that you could see yourself doing long term! 

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Last Updated: Friday December 3 2021
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