How to start your career after studies
Searching for jobs post-study can be stressful - so what can you do to stand out above all others?
Whether you’re fresh out of high school or passed your tertiary studies, 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, so check out how you stack up against the requirements, and give examples of how you have acquired and used these skills.
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 and skills required.
Get work experience
If you can, start accumulating work experience. Not only will this give you the chance to put the theory you’ve been learning into practice, but will start exposing you to a real-life work environment.
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 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 or introduce you to potential employees.
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 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 and keep an eye out for any available positions – social media channels can be ripe with job opportunities.