How to Get Hired as a Recent Graduate
Searching for jobs post-study can be stressful - so what can you do to stand out above all others?
Getting hired as a recent graduate requires more effort than a generic copy-and-paste resume. This is your chance to step into the industry you really want.
Whether you’re fresh out of high school or passed your tertiary studies with flying colours, check out our tips for getting hired as a recent graduate.
Check your competencies
When combing through hiring sites, be sure to delve a little further than the job title. Your potential employee is looking for someone with a specific set of competencies and skills, so be sure to check out how you stack up against the required competencies.
Don’t go generic
While it’s universally acknowledged that applying for jobs can be one of the most frustrating experiences a recent graduate has to undertake, applying with a generic CV and cover letter won’t do you any favours.
Take the time to customise each of your applications, tailoring it to the specific position available.
Get work experience
Start accumulating work experience while still studying. Not only will this give you the chance to put the theory you’ve been learning into practice, but will start exposing you to real-life industry experience.
It’s never too early to start preparing for the process of job hunting, whether it’s organising work experience, constructing and polishing your CV and even sending out applications when you’re still studying. Save yourself a lot of stress and get organised ahead of graduation.
Build your portfolio
Drawing on your portfolio during an interview is often a good way to connect with your interviewer, providing evidence of your high quality work and giving you a chance to expand on what skills or experience you used throughout the process.
Ensure you take with you a copy of any assignments or extra-curricular projects that you feel showcase a specific set of skills you feel are relevant to the position at stake.
Word of mouth hiring is powerful stuff – so make sure you’re in the position to use this to your advantage. If you know people in an industry you want to break into, ask them to recommend you.
Clean up your social media
For some, social media can be synonymous with behaviour you wouldn’t necessarily want your potential boss to see – and if you’re not careful, a simple Google search can be your whole undoing.
Clean up your social media profiles and ensure you present yourself in a professional and respectful manner. This is also a great time to search around for any available positions – social media channels have become ripe with job opportunities.