Earlier this year, the Association of Graduate Recruiterspredicted continued growth in jobs after an increase of 4.3 per cent last year. The IT sector is predicted to have the largest growth in vacancies, followed by the public sector and engineering.
Whilst the graduate job market is growing, so is the number of success hungry graduates; so what is it that makes you stand out amongst your peers in the talent pool and how can you find your dream job?
Focus your energy
A vague application will only hinder your job search; decide your career path and focus your energy on trying to achieve it. Choose an industry that you are truly passionate and enthusiastic about and a role that compliments your skills and experience. This will ultimately assist you in building a vocation.
Quality not quantity
In a world of technological advancement, it’s very easy to find vacancies that partially fit your job search and use the one click apply option on all of them. You trick your way through a series of interviews and get offered a position. Do you really want a job that you applied for on the off chance, without doing any research into the job description, the company and how you’ll fit culturally?
Carefully tailor your applications to target specific companies as opposed to sending out generic submissions. Whilst the process may be more time consuming, these applications are much more likely to be the treasure-troves that get you one step closer to finding that perfect job.
Do your research
Is the role right for you? And are you right for the role? Make sure that you read the job specification thoroughly and read between the lines – make sure that the contract length is the one you’re looking for in order to ensure that you don’t get any unwanted surprises.
The defining role
Whilst your first role could ultimately pave the path of your future career success, it doesn’t necessarily have to be the one that defines you. Make your decision based on short term goals – not only will the work environment change, but you will also change so don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
Don’t rule out studying
Postgraduate study won’t make you any more or less employable and there are many transferable skills that can be attained through the world of work. Work experience is vital in improving your abilities, thus making you more employable. However, you should never dismiss it as an option completely – your masters could significantly help you if you’re looking to go into academia, or that extra year could assist your presentation and communication skills.
The power of social media
Harness the power of social media and engage on platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn. Millennials are changing the recruitment industry; putting yourself out there and sharing regular content that bares significant relevance to your desired industry will get you noticed, with a recent study finding that 73 per cent of 18-34 year olds initiated their last job through a social network.
A little self-promotion goes a long way!
Think outside the box
Seek opportunities – they can be found in the most unlikely places. Always think laterally, by searching alternative job titles or wider geographical areas.
Traditional method of job searching can be equally as effective, with only 40 per cent of jobs actually being advertised. This means that most vacancies are filled through word of mouth and networking, so don’t be afraid to reach out to people who are already working in the role or industry you’re aiming for.
With such a highly competitive rate of graduates, it’s very easy to feel disheartened when you receive negation, but it’s important that you persevere and don’t give up on achieving you goals. Finding out what’s important to you and enhancing your skills and experience will constantly benefit you in working towards your dream job, but it’s okay to not know what you want to do with your working life – most people don’t!