Searching for Graduate Jobs After University
Jobs After University - Blueprint For Disaster
Many graduates can find searching for jobs after university quiet daunting, but not Bella.
Bella left university with a graduate degree and an elaborate resume she created
using a CV template. Before starting
her job search, she stumbled upon the chance for her dream job through an alumna who edited
a top design magazine. With all the assurance of a newly-minted graduate, she felt that if she
showed up for the interview with a CV in hand and a name to drop she would be offered the job.
Unfortunately her over-confidence at the interview came across as arrogance made
worse by poor preparation. She blew it and a few months later settled for a less
exciting job at a lower salary.
How Bella Got Her Groove Back
A little older but much wiser, our graduate learned what she should have done in
the first place. Bella ditched her clunky CV template for a new online
CV format on iProfile, polished her
interview skills, and prepared to launch a more successful graduate job search.
Luckily, her university career advisors were able to help revamp her job search
by providing CV writing tips and conducting a mock interview to improve her performance.
From CV Template To iProfile
Every graduate job search needs an excellent CV. But the old method of using a CV
template is passé with today's online, digitised job searches and listings. The
iProfile CV template increasingly favoured by employers and recruiters uses a clear,
standardised CV template.
Most recruiters working in HR distill a CV to its bare bones before the decision-makers
even see it. A graduate CV created on
iProfile has already extracted these key elements from the original CV and organised them
into a universal, easily-digested presentation.
Updating the iProfile CV is simple too. As your experience grows, you can add, edit
and customise your iProfile to match any prospective job or to position yourself
for a career change.
Sending a Prospective Employer an iProfile CV
With iProfile, graduates can deliver a professional CV with little hassle, which helps when
looking for jobs after university. An iProfile online CV can be printed to hard
copy before an interview, sent as a URL link or a PDF file directly to the recruiter.
Customising an iProfile CV is so easy that you'll quickly be able to do what many career
advisors recommend: tailor your CV to each specific job description.
And because so many recruiters use the iProfile system, chances are good they'll
find your iProfile before you even know there's a job opening.
Graduate Job Search Resources
You've created your iProfile and brushed up on interview skills; now it's time to
look at potential channels for job leads.
Begin early. Most universities offer career services to help their graduates
find jobs after university up to one or two years after graduation. Often universities
maintain profiles of alumni willing to give graduates career advice, which can turn into
valuable job leads.
Be Internet savvy. Online graduate career sites like milkround.co.uk or uknetguide.co.uk
list jobs and employers.
Find your niche. Not only will recruiters find you on iProfile, but you can
seek them out online as well. Sites like agencycentral.co.uk list recruitment agencies
by job-specific categories.
Keep reading. The major newspapers - The Times, The Telegraph, and The Guardian
- plus local and regional papers report on the job market and salary levels. Each
industry has trade journals covering industry trends and opportunities for graduates looking
for jobs after university.
Reach out. Jobs can be found even before they're advertised through networking
with business and/or personal contacts. However, remember that a networking interview
or an informational interview is just that - an exploration for information, not
an overt job application or interview. A networking interview can allow more open
discussion than a regular job interview
- use this to gain expert industry knowledge. Remember to ask for further contacts,
and always send a thank-you after the interview.
Tips For A Great Interview:
Do your research, be organised, well-dressed and on time for your interview.
Good first impressions at an interview are established with a pleasant smile, direct
eye contact and a firm handshake.
Be clear and confident, not superior or overbearing.
Be positive and avoid negative remarks, especially about previous employers.
Ask a few questions of your own during the interview, and make sure you mention
any aspects of your experience that are relevant to the job.
Be likeable, but remember: You're an applicant, not a supplicant!
Ask when you might expect to hear from them. And thank them at the end of the interview.
Top Tip: If you haven't already created your free iProfile, get started now!