Graduation can be an incredibly exciting time – exams are over and the party season is in full swing. However, it can also be an anxious time for many, especially those who do not yet know what they will be doing with the rest of their lives.
While there is no simple formula for getting hired, there are several steps you can take to boost your chances of securing employment over the coming months.
Any form of job search is going to need a plan. Figure out what you want from your first work experience, both in terms of the employer itself and its location. Use that to narrow your search and inform your strategies for applying.
You should also set goals you can achieve, such as making five applications a week, and take time to do the necessary work.
Build a professional profile
Many companies will search for you across social media, so audit your profiles because it is essential that you look professional. Most employers will look for you on social media before hiring you, so you want to look your best.
In addition to tidying your existing accounts, you should join LinkedIn and ask your tutors and peers to write recommendations for you.
Get out there and meet as many people as you can – let everyone know that you’re searching for a job. Use LinkedIn to see whether you have any connections that can refer you for a job internally.
Apps such as Meetup are great for finding local networking events in your sector. Join groups such as RICS Matrics that host regular events for young professionals.
Seek out your preferred companies
Make a list of companies you would like to work for, as well as their competitors, and research them through their websites, social media and news coverage.
Follow their posts to understand the language they use. When you see them advertise an opening, you can echo their voice in your cover letter and CV.
If at first you’re unable to find a full-time paid role, consider taking on an internship. These can be a great way of gaining valuable experience in the workplace.
Role-play job interviews with friends or family members. This will get you accustomed to answering questions and thinking about what you want to say when the real thing comes along.
The more you repeat your story and your answers, the more naturally they will come, and you’ll be better able to think critically on the spot. Remember that most interviews will cover similar ground, especially at this stage, which should make it easy to prepare for them.