One would assume it is easy to find a job after graduating University, but if you think about it, you can see why it takes some people just under a year to join the ranks of the gainfully employed. When university ends then the job market is flooded with qualified people who are also very cheap (because they have no experience). Every university in the country churns out freshly qualified students with no experience and there is only so much new talent the job market can handle.
Some people find jobs, others do not, and so long as you find somewhere within a year (before the next batch of students are freed) then you are going to be okay. Here is some advice on how you may find a job after university.
Job hunt in a wider area
The biggest reason most students fail in their job hunt is because they are unwilling to look outside of their own post code. Do not make this mistake because believe it or not your dream job may not be in your own crummy town.
Still, if it is any consolation then you may like to know that most people don’t look outside their own postcode for love interests either which is why many people end up marrying someone from their own school.
Consider volunteering before working
This may sound really dumb as you have just spent years and thousands of dollars on an education and now you are supposed to work for free, but extra experience goes a long way. Working with the mentally ill within your course is okay, but if you can also boast that you have put in 200 hours volunteer time with the mentally ill in your own home time then you are a dead cert for the job.
Write a long and detailed CV
The people who say write a single paged CV are the ones who want you to get a job in a bakery. If you want a job that is actually going to become a career then the boss should receive nothing short of a shining portfolio of why you were born to do the job.
Add a picture to your CV
Political correctness is fun, but the fact is that people who are pretty get the job, and people who are the same race as the person doing to hiring will also tend to get the job. If you have a good looking mug or are the same race as the potential boss (check LinkedIn) then plaster a great headshot onto your CV/portfolio
Change your CV to suit the job you are going for
Your fantastic portfolio is going to need tweaking every time you apply for another job. Do not forget that you are supposed to be applying for jobs that you really want, so ideally you should have researched the company and figured out all the things you should leverage on your CV portfolio.
Learn about your new boss so you may apply with more points in your favor
To repeat what was just mentioned, if you know more about your potential employer then you are already a shoe in for the job. The more you know then the more you will recognize as it comes up. This works well when writing your application and during the interview when it turns out you know more about the company’s stock progress than the HR lady.
Trial and error will work in your favor
You are going to send out CVs that bomb like a pelican with a mouth full of fish flavored bowling balls, so keep a digital copy of your various CV portfolios and keep improving them until you start getting interviews (and then improve them some more).
Actually find a job you want and pursue it
Don’t just pursue it like the last doughnut in the shop; pursue it like a love struck teenager chasing Justin Bieber. If you actually want the job and you have a burning desire for it, then you will put more effort into your CV. You will try harder to research it and you may even be more persistent in following it up. Plus, do not forget that your first no is not your last no. The HR team that said no in September may have been fired by February. Do yourself a favor and improve your technique, keep up the research and persistently pursue the jobs you want over the jobs you want to get because you are broke. Your efforts will also not feel as wasted if you do not get the job because it is just one more rejection closer to that final “yes.”
Persistence pays, and quitting leaves you …..