People think that having a degree will make it easier to find a job - wrong. Here’s what you really need to help you get ahead.
Kim Bateson is a graduate of UEL with a 2:1 in marketing. She is currently enrolled on the Google Squared digital marketing course and has spent the last two weeks interning here at Simply Business. She’s put together these easy hacks to help you get your foot in the door and keep it open!
Think about which avenue you want to go down, what career you see yourself in and what employers are currently looking for. These questions allow you to know exactly what steps you need to take in order to fulfil the requirements. Do your research; it is vital when you are creating your CV and cover letter.
Having a cover letter is essential, it gives the employer a chance to get to know you and understand more about what you want from this experience/opportunity. It is the first point of contact with the employer and helps to motivate them to interview you. Start with a generic cover letter then tweak it according to each position.
Your CV is very important, it needs to be as short yet as informative as possible and straight to the point. You should also have one or two versions of your CV - you can decide which one best suits the position you are applying for.
Apply for as many jobs as you can, there are a lot of people applying for jobs, as there are lots of graduates in your position doing the same thing. Don’t just apply for positions, if there is a company you want to work for or feel will offer you the best opportunity then drop them an email containing your cover letter and CV. This will indicate to employers that you are keen and willing to do what it takes.
Evolve as a digital being and unlock your full potential. Utilise the full range of social media accounts and use them to your advantage. Through intelligent networking it is possible to grow an online following as an influencer to look out for.
Digital platforms are a fantastic way to connect with future employers and professionals within the industry you are aiming for. Create a Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook account, and start interacting and sharing content, allowing employers to find you.
You know that it wont be easy, and it can feel strange, overwhelming and hard to adjust to graduate life. Being proactive and making sure you are prepared when applying for jobs is essential, but you’ll also need to stay positive and have faith in yourself and your abilities. In time you will be exactly where you wanted to be, maybe in an even better place than you imagined!
Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon!