From networking, to gaining valuable experience and realising your strengths, there are so many things you can do to get one step closer to securing your dream graduate job.
At Signature Living careers, we wanted to give you a helping hand with these 5 handy tips.
Happy job hunting!
Choose a career path and focus everything on it
It’s a well-known fact that employers don’t like vague applications. Pick something that best suites your interests, experience, skills and passion. If you can demonstrate these things when applying for a job within that sector, you’ll always do better than if you try and cover all bases.
Attend relevant networking events and careers fairs
Having a good set of networks is really beneficial when searching for a graduate job. Make an effort to join professional groups and familiarise yourself with professionals who you respect for their work and behaviour. Whether that’s at a networking event or a careers fair, it’s the perfect way to get your foot in the door.
Signature Works is all about bringing people together in an environment that engenders collaboration, networking and skill-sharing. They regularly hold informative and innovative networking events that are sure to help you meet new people, learn new skills and boost your employability.
Gain experience in your field, paid or voluntary
Remember, your first job probably won’t be your job for life, everything is a stepping stone. Therefore, if you can build your experience and offer more to your first employer, it will put you in a much better position when it comes to progressing in the world of work.
Whether it’s paid or voluntary work, showing enthusiasm for the sector you want to work in is vital to securing your first job. It will allow you to stand out from the crowd and remember it is not necessarily about the role you have done, but the transferable skills you have developed.
Don’t feel limited by your degree
You don’t have to be an English teacher just because you studied English! Lots of employers are looking for graduates from all disciplines and are mostly interested in the skills and abilities that graduates can bring to their organisation.
Don’t fall into the age-old trap of thinking you have to do a job that is directly related to your degree subject. Your degree has developed more than just your subject knowledge, so there may be opportunities out there which you are ideally suited to, you just haven’t realised it yet.
Harness the power of social media
In this day and age, social platforms such as LinkedIn and Twitter can be used to find jobs and they are a great platform for showing more of your personality and interests to potential employers.
Research suggests 40% of employers use social media to screen candidates, so it’s important to keep your online profile clean. It can either be a friend or foe, so make sure you use it to your advantage. Employers have been known to check up on a candidate before inviting them for interview, so it’s important to ensure you keep all publicly accessible information employer-friendly.
Signature Careers: Graduate Job
We hope you’ve enjoyed our top 5 tips on how to secure your dream graduate job. If you’d like more information on current vacancies and opportunities at Signature Living, follow our Facebook page or upload your CV here and our friendly careers team may be in touch!
Today, Signature Living employ over 700 people, providing secure jobs across a wide range of sectors with no zero-hour contracts. We have revolutionised the accommodation market and hope to expand even further throughout the UK and abroad.