Being employable is a big deal, which is why TheGrad offers digestible employability advice.
Undoubtedly, there is a lot of competition in the graduate market. A lot of graduates from the same course/degree tend to apply for the same sort of role in similar, if not the same, companies. This poses a challenge then for a lot of graduates and so standing out from the crowd is very, very important.
Landing a job straight from a university is often the biggest concern for graduates. Securing a job straight from uni takes a lot of personal branding and persistence, the key is to not give up. However, there are a few things to stay mindful of that can boost your chance of getting that ‘dream job’, way beyond a university degree or a reference.
- Share your passion – an employer will likely look at a graduate as not having all of the required skills needed to excel in a career. However, the attitude can really determine the outcome of a job interview. Sharing your passion is very important and it is highly contagious too. Whichever company you decide to apply for, ensure that your enthusiasm is tangible and clear. Demonstrate your understanding of the company and the ethos to really impress an employer.
- Be commercially aware – it’s easy to get caught up in university endeavours and not stay in tune with the world around you. Make sure you don’t do that! It’s essential that when you apply for jobs you reflect your understanding of the business world and commercial news. A sound knowledge of current affairs is very impressive.
- Network and connect with professionals – another way to stand out is to attend networking events. Make sure you are seen and visible not only in the digital world but more importantly, in real life. Meeting somebody in person means that you have a higher chance of leaving a lasting impression, in comparison to just submitting a CV online. Build your contacts through networking and attend as many relevant events (that focus on your industry sector) as possible. Be proactive with people you meet too, contact them on LinkedIn and send a personal message. Maybe even make some business cards to make you stand out even more.
- Build your online presence – make sure that your LinkedIn profile is up to date and looking professional. Check for any spelling mistakes and try to highlight your personality through your words. On top of that, make sure you’re happy for an employer to look at your Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram account. All of these social media platforms can work in your favour or against you, so make sure you stay on top of maintaining a well-respected profile on all sites.
- Demonstrate a creative side – think about your job application and how you can stand out, right down to the smaller details. If you are applying for a Marketing role, for example, you can really be creative with your job application. If you are applying for a Law-focused role it may be a little harder to show creativity. Either way, demonstrate slight creativity, even if it is with your wording or layout. Stand out as much as you can from all angles.
Written by Gemma Smith