We all know that this is the time of year when students are returning home for summer or finishing up, and so comes the time to get a job. It is not an easy time but here we have a few tips to gaining access to finding a job.
A few sites to take note of are CV-Library, TotalJobs, Guardian Jobs, Monster, Reed, Indeed.co.uk, Adzuna – there are so many other websites.
Here’s our top 5 tips that include what to do and how to use these job sites to find a job or a job find you.
1. Make sure your CV is Up-To-Date
Before signing up to any job site or passing your CV over to a company, invest some time in updating it. Make sure your opening ‘About Me’ section really covers you as a person and what you can offer, then start with your skills and concentrate on your degree. Many graduates don’t have much work experience so you need your CV to be shaped around what you do know from your time at University and higher school. The bottom line is the employer will want to know what you can offer them; even if you don’t have work experience in the particular role you are applying for, your degree would have given you more than adequate skills.
2. Sign Up and Register Your CV
Once you have re-written or touched up your CV, register with several sites and upload your CV as well as your covering letter in some cases. Doing this, recruiters and employers can then headhunt you directly and contact you with details about relevant graduate vacancies. This will save you time in the long run, however you should not rely on this to be guaranteed a job.
3. Do Your Research
Take some time and have a look on some other sites at what graduate jobs are being advertised in your sector and the skills/experience required. This will help you write your cover letters and alter your CV to suit a general type of job as well as highlight the relevant skills you’ve gained throughout university.
4. Search Jobs Online
Online job boards, such as JobSite, CV-Library, CVWow, Reed and Monster are the perfect place to start. You can search and apply to thousands of jobs directly from your computer and by registering your CV, recruiters will be able to headhunt you most of the time with the click of a few buttons.
5. Make sure you Follow Up
It can be very frustrating when you make job applications and you don’t hear anything back. It is strongly recommend contacting the employer or recruitment agency directly to ensure they have received your application, this will stand out as you showing a strong interest in the position.