With 300,000 people graduating each year in the UK, the highly competitive graduate job market demands that candidates applying for new roles make themselves malleable to different situations, and grab any opportunities offered with both hands.
It’s something all indecisive graduates must do in order to know what steps to take forward into the graduate job market – take some time to reflect on yourself and ask some crucial questions.
- What are your strengths?
- What do you need to work on?
- Could you lead a team?
- Is your inner organisational guru eager to get out?
- Do you have great time management skills?
If you seem to be learning towards a leadership calling, have you ever thought of becoming a project manager?
It’s a sad fact that in the current educational climate, a degree doesn’t always lead to a steady job like it might once have done; you might not even end up in the field you studied in.
However, it remains undeniable that no matter what degree you’ve taken, graduates have learnt some key skills throughout their three years of study that translate directly into success in a workplace, such as, time-keeping, written and verbal communication, and commitment.
Unfortunately with 46 graduates currently chasing every job opening, there’s more pressure on an individual to make their CV stand out from the crowd – a professional certification can sometimes do the trick.
And, because these certifications are conducted via eLearning, you can work whilst studying, so can gain valuable experience in the world of work, whilst cementing your skills through certification.
As well as taking an extra certification, there are more things you can do as a graduate in order to make yourself more attractive to potential employers.
One of the UK’s leading eLearning providers, The Learning People, offer some ways to ensure you shine out amongst thousands of other candidates.
Perfect your online and offline CV
The principal of a CV is to think of it as an extension of your professional self – not the personal side you share on Facebook with photos of last weekend’s drunken antics and everything being described as “amazeballs”, but the mature side of yourself you’d like to exhibit in a professional environment.
It must be remembered that the main thing any potential employer has to form an opinion of you is your CV, so it should clearly state your skills and qualifications, but it should also present a glimpse of your personality and work ethic.
However, this isn’t where your prospective employer can end their quest into finding out more about you – because of social media, their eyes are everywhere….
With an estimated 47% of employers checking your social media profiles before interviewing you, the job market now dictates that you have an online professional persona too.
You have the option of setting your privacy settings on all your social media accounts to as private as possible so only friends you’ve connected with can see your activity.
However, if you choose not to do this, always be aware that a prospective employer will be able to find your profile to have a nose – remember it takes seconds for someone to form an opinion of you, but a much longer time to prove them wrong.
Honing your skillset
The importance of soft skills is often overlooked, but in a working environment, a honed and cohesive skillset is invaluable.
As a graduate, if you can display skills such as time-keeping, communication, and organisation, you will immediately be more desirable to potential employers because they will see someone worth investing in.
Always keep trying
Always remember you’re not alone.
It’s not just you struggling to find a job in the graduate market, and now many prospective employers are aware of this so are more willing to look for the potential in an interviewee even if they do have a lack of experience.
It’s simple – keep trying, keep applying, and keep hoping – the right job is out there, it just takes perseverance to get there.
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