Now that I’m officially done with university, it’s time to find a job. Many people will start looking for a job while they’re still at university, so they have one ready for when they’re done. This is a really smart thing to do, but for me, completing my final year was stressful enough without having to job hunt at the same time!
There is no right way to do it, so do whatever you’re comfortable with. I’m really glad I waited because now I can put all of my efforts into my job hunt while I wait for my final grades to be released.
The first thing I’m going to say is: prepare yourself for a long job hunt with many rejections. Of course, you may be lucky and that may not be the case, but for a lot of people, a job offer only comes after many, many interviews. Not only are you likely to apply to lots and be unsuccessful, you’re also likely to have multiple interviews for one job.
I’m not telling you this to be negative, I just want you to know that it’s completely normal! My friend applied to twenty different graduate jobs and only got two interviews. The job market is tough, don’t let it get you down! Be persistent and listen to any feedback you get; you’ll get there in the end.
If you are struggling to get an interview or with the application process, speak to Hired. You can use the Hired service for five years after you have graduated and they’re really helpful. They can check your CV for you and give you feedback, and they can even do mock interviews with you if you have an important interview coming up. If you feel like you’re getting rejection after rejection, Hired will probably be able to work out why if you have a chat with them.
The final thing I’m going to say is: use the internet! There are millions of resources online – interview tips, example interview questions and CV templates. Not only this, but you should be walking into all interviews knowing a bit about the company you’re wanting to work for. Spend some time researching the company’s ethos and current news to get up to date. This kind of knowledge will help you answer questions they ask, but also help you think of some questions to ask them.
I wish you all the best of luck for when you start your job hunts!