Balancing Exams and Job Hunting

Written by: RICS Recruit
Published On: 22 May 2019

Balance

Student life isn’t easy; you have to juggle classes, homework, extracurricular activities, a social life and everything in between. When exams loom, you become even busier, and the last thing you want is another task on your to-do list.

But what happens when the exams are over and you’ve got your degree? If you haven’t started considering life after graduation, now is the time. With a little organisation, you’ll find it’s easier than you think to balance your coursework and exams with your job hunt.

Prioritise

Sending out job applications is important, but so are your studies. Just because you’ve almost finished at university doesn’t mean you can stop working hard. Many employers will only consider candidates who graduate with a first or a 2:1, which means that your grades are as important as your job application skills. Make sure your studies remain your priority as you start applying.

Set goals

A good way to keep your job hunt from interfering with your revision is to set a goal for the number of applications you’ll send each week and how much time you’ll spend on them.

For instance, if you decide you want to apply to five jobs, then you could either choose to do them all at once or spread them out and do one a day – whatever best fits your revision and exam schedule.

Use templates

Writing custom CVs and cover letters is always the best strategy when applying for jobs, but it’s also a time-consuming one. To speed things up, create CV templates for similar roles so you only need to make minor modifications each time.

You can do the same for your cover letters by writing paragraphs that focus on each set of skills and experiences you have and using standard opening and closing paragraphs.

Make sure you edit the cover letters before sending them, though, to ensure they flow well, that the style matches the job description and – most importantly – that you include the right name for the company and recruiting staff!

Know what you want

Having a solid idea of exactly the kind of role you want can make your job search much easier and help you focus. However, many graduates don’t know exactly what they should be looking for. Do some research in your field and find out what the entry-level job titles are.

Ask for help

Remember you’re not the only one looking for employment after graduation – your friends are, too. Ask them about their job searches, what they’re looking for and how they’ve gone about it. Your tutors are also great resources, especially as they know what the industry is like.

Don’t leave it too late

You don’t want to spend the summer stuck behind your computer sending out application after application. The sooner you start your search, the sooner you’ll find a job.

If you’re not having any luck, look for job fairs or networking events where you can meet hiring managers. Set up email alerts on job boards to cut down on your search time.