After never having to seriously consider ‘work’ as the start to a career, seeking full-time employment after University may be a daunting task. The workforce is a diverse, yet dynamic place where individuals spend the majority of their time. As such, it is crucial that you look for, and find yourself in a fulfilling role. Advice from those in successful careers has lead to the suggestion to create your own story, the beginning to which starts when looking for a position. It is a time where you have to look at your past merits and experience, and reflect on how to best market ‘you’. So, here are some tips to help:
1. Start now. It is a time consuming process and the sooner you begin organising your search, hopefully the sooner it will end.
2. Seek help. Most Universities have career offices where you can get advice on how to write your resume and present yourself in an interview. Speak to people in the industries that you are interested in to gain a better understanding of what you are looking for. Let everyone know that you are searching for a job – you never know how strong your networks can be.
3. Sign up online. There are multiple job sites, which you can create a profile on and be alerted when jobs matching your interests are posted.
4. Market yourself. Create a LinkedIn profile and use it as a job-searching tool. Be sure to make a complete profile and follow companies you may be interested in working for.
5. Tailor your applications. Make sure you discuss the job criteria in your cover letter or resume specific to every position you apply for. Always provide examples of how you have demonstrated the behaviours required for the job.
6. Be prepared. You never know when you may receive the first phone call asking why you want to work for a company. Make sure you keep the applications you have sent and use this information to help you answer questions.
7. Persevere. It does take time and it does take effort. Don’t become disheartened if you end up with a lot of dead ends; continue on trying to create new ones.
8. Work out what you want. Keep your options open and do apply for anything that interests you. Don’t be afraid to apply to a company you haven’t heard of, as there are many organisations out there with fantastic graduate programs. However remember that job satisfaction and engagement is crucial for your happiness, so you should not take a job you won’t like.
9. Do not take it personally. The recruitment company does not know you personally (in most cases any way) so try not to get upset if you are not successful. You might not have fit the specific criteria they were looking for, but that does not mean you won’t have the criteria someone else wants.
10. Dust yourself off and try again… and again. The worst think you can do is give up after a few or even multiple attempts. Your job will come, and you’ll be better off after all the experience and knowledge gained from the recruitment processes to find the right company with the right culture for you.
Article written by Kiana Weymark
Kiana is a Psychology student from Macquarie University.