Graduation has finally rolled around, but the hard work isn’t over yet. Now it’s time to face your next challenge – landing the perfect job. And while most graduates (71%) manage to secure a job straight out of uni, the competition is tough, so now is the time to put your best foot forward. Follow these seven tips to land your dream job after university.
1 Get your resume in order
Applying for jobs with a sub-par resume is unlikely to wield results. Make sure you clearly articulate your education and experience, and address the specific selection criteria of the job you’re applying for. Consider whether it’s suited to the industry you’re trying to get into too. For example, if you’re applying for a corporate job, avoid flashy gimmicks in favour of a simple, professional design.
2 Reach out to recruiters
You’d be surprised by the number of vacant positions that are never publicly advertised. That’s because a lot of bigger companies outsource their recruitment needs to agencies who take care of shortlisting and interviewing candidates. So, to hear about job openings before they’re even advertised, put your resume on file with recruitment agents that specialise in finding people with your skill set and education.
3 Take advantage of technology
Set up email notifications on websites that list job advertisements, such as Seek and CareerOne, so you’re the first to know about – and apply for – jobs that match your search criteria. You should also consider downloading the job active Job Seeker app – Australia’s largest free mobile app for online jobs – and the Seek app, so you can hunt for jobs from your smartphone.
4 Get an internship
A lack of professional experience is one of the biggest hurdles for university graduates trying to find full-time work. Completing an internship is an excellent way to show potential employers that you have what it takes to succeed in a professional environment. In some cases, they can even help you land a full-time gig with the company if you impress them early on.
5 Try freelancing
Freelancing platforms like Freelancer and Upwork can connect you with people and businesses looking for graduates to assist on short-term or contract projects. If you do a good job, your freelance gig could lead to ongoing work and will give you plenty of real-world experience to share in job interviews.
6 Use social media
Recruiters will often turn to social media to post job adverts, promote work opportunities, or reach out to candidates directly. They’ll usually do this via LinkedIn – the social network for professionals. Your LinkedIn profile functions like your online resume, so make sure it’s in tip-top shape. This will help recruiters find out more about you online and give you the opportunity to make connections in your industry.
7 Ace the interview
The job interview is the last hurdle before you score your dream job. To ace the interview, research the company beforehand so you understand its culture and how you’ll fit in. And go prepared with plenty of examples to show your prospective employer why you’re the perfect person for the job. For a better chance of landing your dream job, you’ll need to think outside the box. Seize any opportunity to build on your experience, explore all avenues to make sure you don’t miss an opening, and make it easy for recruiters to find you.