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How to get a job after graduation

If you’re like many new college graduates, you probably feel a pit in your stomach just thinking about embarking on your very first job search. Well, cheer up, grads, we’ve got some tips on how to get a good job after graduating. So, whether you’re putting your cap and gown on in a few weeks or graduated last year and are in a job you don’t love, here are some actionable tips to help you create, refine, or revitalize your job hunt.

Tailor your CV for every application

Many employers today use applicant tracking systems to scan CVs for keywords. Meaning, if your CV doesn’t contain the right keywords, your application could get tossed out automatically. To prevent that from happening, make tweaks to your CV to mirror the language that appears in the job posting. If the job requirements include hard skills (e.g., JavaScript or Python for programmer positions), make sure those terms are on your CV.

Prepare for an interview even before you get the call

To get a job offer, you obviously need to ace the interview itself. You’ll get a boost in confidence by preparing answers to common interview questions. Check out our blog post on 4 Popular graduate interview questions.  Then, you want to go into detective mode and learn more about hot topics in your industry.

Tidy up your web presence and shape your personal brand

Make no mistake about it – employers are checking you out online. Having an inappropriate web presence can kill your chances of getting a great job, but having no presence at all can be problematic as well. Depending on what kind of career opportunities you’re pursuing, you can develop an online presence by contributing blog posts to university or industry websites, engaging in professional social media discussions (especially on the professional networking site LinkedIn), and commenting on industry blogs or social media posts.

Define your “work experience” broadly

We all know that jobs and internships are relevant to include on a CV or LinkedIn profile, but so are extracurricular roles and even advanced classwork. Whether you’re crafting a cover letter for a new job or negotiating a higher salary at a current one, it’s important to take a full inventory of your professionally-related experiences and abilities.

Take this time to go over your strengths and weaknesses. Identify what you really want to achieve or where you want your career to go. This is your chance to consider a variety of options and to see what improvements you need. It’s the perfect time to ready yourself for the world ahead.

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