Landing a job after you graduate is as easy as 1, 2 … 7! Follow these steps to enhance your chance of success.

 

 

#1 Visit your uni careers service

Your university careers services staff can help you with useful advice and resources, job applications and finding a position that fits you.

 

#2 Do your research

Do some background research on the industry and employers and companies you’re considering for future employment. It will give you an edge when you apply.

 

#3 Network

Talk to friends, family and even industry-related professional associations. You never know who might be able to give you a foot in the door. Go to careers fairs and talk to the representatives from the companies who attend. That’s why they’re there – they’re interested in you!

 

#4 Have your application reviewed

A second set of eyes is invaluable! Have your résumé and cover letter checked by your careers service staff, a lecturer, or by a contact in the industry. They can tell you if it’s appropriate for the position you want.

 

#5 Market yourself properly

First impressions count, so be professional at all times! Make sure you:

  • Have a professional email address
  • Use a polite phone manner when speaking with potential employers
  • Set up voicemail on your phone.

 

#6 Got an interview? Be prepared!

  • Check directions and transport beforehand, and give yourself plenty of time to get there.
  • Re-read your résumé so the details are fresh in your mind.
  • Prepare answers to some practice interview questions− there are loads of examples on the web.
  • Dress for the part. It is always safer to be smartly dressed than too casual.
  • Be confident and honest in talking about yourself and your skills.
  • It’s important for people to get a sense of your personality and sense of humour, so don’t be afraid to be yourself.

 

#7 Don’t give up!

Make a plan and stay positive! There are lots of opportunities out there, so keep looking!

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