HOW TO GET A GRADUATE JOB – A GUIDE TO SUCCESS
HOW TO GET A GRADUATE JOB – A GUIDE TO SUCCESS
Tired of pouring your heart into writing detailed, heartfelt cover letters to potential employers who respond with generic rejections? The job search journey for any graduate can be tough but this article will teach you the secrets that successful business people use to land their dream opportunities. We hope this piece helps you get the graduate job you want (and deserve!).
The employment market for those fresh out of university or TAFE is a challenge. The competition is ruthless and the criteria can be tough; you just have to know how to get the upper edge when it comes to the competition.
With small changes to the way you approach your applications, you could be living the dream in your ideal workplace before you know it. So, without further ado, here are our top tips for jobs for fresh graduates in Australia.
Applying for graduate jobs made easy
Look professional when posting on social media and always think twice before you upload anything. The first thing you should be doing when searching for a graduate job is making sure you have a sleek, appropriate online presence. Don’t go overboard on the partying photos – for example.
While we’re not saying you have to post selfies in your work clothes or only tweet about your industry, we are saying that it pays to think of who’s potentially following you.
It’s essential to present yourself as confident, friendly, and trustworthy on social media to convince recruiters to hire you. Remember that uploading anything to the web also means it’s hard to ever take it down – always think hard about what you’re sharing with the world.
Research companies before applying for jobs
You can impress a potential employer by showing them that you have a genuine interest in the company they represent. Whether it’s the first stages of applying for graduate jobs or when you’re done with the interview process, conducting thorough research about the opportunity and business is sure to help you along the way.
Additionally, spending an hour or so preparing for your application means you’ll be able to write your cover letter appropriately, especially to a) focus on your achievements, b) emphasise your transferable skills and c) demonstrate how you’d make a great fit for the role.
This is a great interview preparation strategy for all graduates looking for jobs, especially those who want to work within established companies that have stringent criteria.
Tailor every application for the role
Most jobs will ask for a tailored cover letter and CV, and if it’s not for you, then don’t send it. You need to be genuine with your approach and take the time to tailor your resume writing for the specific position you’re applying for. That means highlighting skills worth the emphasis or noting your experience in a given area. Address the criteria they mentioned in their advertisement and show that you’ve clearly read their criteria.
It might seem like a lot of work, but the effort will be worth it in the long run. You’ll be able to show the people who recruit for your dream job that you are someone they should consider for the role.
Additionally, don’t apply to every job you come across. Look for quality positions that really pique your interests, and only apply to those you know you would be able to deliver on. When applying for the dream job, simply putting the same egg in every basket won’t do the trick.
No matter what the job, interview or position entails, always remember to tell potential employers about yourself in the most professional and honest manner, but also explain why you are a good fit for that given role.
It’s much more proactive to write down the essential parts of your resume on a single sheet of paper and then simply modify it as needed over the course of your career. If you want to save the hard work of building your CV from scratch for every job, then start with an initial file name that indicates the role the CV is for –and add to the existing information on each application to make it more accurate for the job description.
How to find opportunities
There are always ways to find new openings, whether you know someone or not. You can ask colleagues or friends about applying for graduate jobs in their own field or company, or just ask your own networks. For example, broadening your horizons and reach on LinkedIn is great for this, while CareerFiX can also provide you with the career counselling [YC2] you need to help you get your foot in the door.
Additionally, if you know someone who works at a specific company that you’re interested in, find out whether they’re recruiting or if they have heard of roles elsewhere. It pays to ask around, there could be opportunities you’re not aware of.
A great way to get started is to create a list of potential companies you’d like to work for and search on LinkedIn for their relevant contacts. While we don’t condone spamming, you can send a polite email to them (or message on the platform) to set up a call or meeting to discuss potential opportunities.
When used appropriately, social media is a great tool to help you engage with people within your networks, so it’s vital to check out who’s who and reach out to the right contacts. It’s also important to make your online presence look more professional, so experiment with your profile and ensure you’re giving yourself the best possible chance at success.
How can career coaching help you?
At CareerFiX, we’re dedicated to helping graduates looking for jobs find the direction they need to succeed. We understand that the market – no matter what niche you’re looking to work in – is hard to navigate right now. With that in mind, we continue to help people just like you to find their dream opportunities. We do this through reliable, honest and supportive guidance that’s tangible and able to be taken with you along your journey in the future.
For more information on how we can help you, get in touch with our friendly team now.