Graduate Tips For Building Employability

  | James Innes

Too often graduates spend their college years focused on their studies and extra curricula activities, and forget that they need to find a job at the end of it. Unfortunately, if you leave looking for a job until you’ve completed your degree, you immediately at a disadvantage, because you find yourself in direct competition with hundreds of thousands of other graduates and school leavers, who all come on to the job market at the same time. Start getting ready for the transition from university to the workplace at the beginning of your final year – or even earlier.

Here are some tips as to how you can start to build a case that will make you attractive to potential employers.

Networking: Start building your network as soon as possible. Create a LinkedIn profile and start building connections. Add anybody you think might be useful to you – fellow students, lecturers, anybody who has interviewed you, or you have met at a Job fair. Use LinkedIn – post, share, and join groups.

CV: Prepare a CV and make sure it is professional. Check for spelling, grammar and typos.

Potential employers: Go out and meet potential employers at every opportunity – on campus, at recruitment fairs and open days. Join graduate job boards and consider any training schemes available.

Interviews: Don’t just apply for jobs you want, but consider applying for jobs where you think there is a high chance of getting interviewed – going to as many interviews as possible is the best form of interview practice and preparation.

Work experience: If you can’t find full-time work immediately, undertake voluntary work, internships or even part-time work. It will strengthen your CV, demonstrate commitment to potential employers and improve your future chances.

Social Media: Look at your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other Social Media accounts. Is there anything there you wouldn’t want a future employer to see. If so, begin by removing it (a useful rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you would be happy for your mother to read or see it!).

The sooner you start preparing for your working life the better – the competition is intense, so it is best to have a head start. Of course, enjoy your college years – but remember what comes next!

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