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Getting a job after graduating

When you graduate from school or tertiary studies, it can feel like you’re suddenly one of a million tiny, little fish in an enormous pond. Well, cheer up, grads, we’ve got some tips on how to get a job after graduating. If you’re having a hard time getting a job after college with no experience, or even that first interview, it’s time to start taking a more active approach. Here are some actionable tips to help you create, refine, or revitalise 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.

Expand your network

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know that matters,” the saying goes. Sad but true. Put yourself out there and meet people in different positions and levels in the industry you’re interested in. This is important because some open positions aren’t publicised at all.

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.

Spend time as a volunteer/intern

Volunteering or interning are two of the most useful and beneficial things you can do before graduation. Not only do you get valuable experience and an introduction to the professional world, but they will also help you figure out the kinds of things you’re interested in. A lot of organisations rely on volunteers in order to function, so you might just be contributing more than you realise.

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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