NEARLY THERE WHAT NEXT?

Getting a job after university?

Ok, so you've spent the last few years earning your degree, now it's time to start earning a living. That dream career is one step closer, so don't fall into the trap of thinking that the world owes you a living and that the job / career will fall into your lap. Instead apply the same effort you afforded your studies, to the gaining of your career!

  • Research the position /positions you are interested in.
  • Research the companies you would like to work for.

Where to research:

  • Careers service
  • Graduate careers service
  • Employment agencies
  • Search the internet { milkround.co.uk }
  • Newspapers

Look at placements / voluntary work:

  • Doing voluntary work or placements will help you demonstrate, to a potential employer, that you have the additional skills, they are looking for.


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Applying:

  • CV / Covering Letter:
    • Your CV & Covering Letter are your first introduction to a potential employer. Remember first impressions count.
  • Get advice on how to write a CV from:
    • Careers office, friends etc. Or try the internet e.g. click here

Job application forms

  • Tips:
    • Read the form properly. Common mistakes include:
      • The form requires you to fill it in, in Black Ink Only and you use Blue ink.
      • The form requires you to fill it in, using BLOCK CAPITALS and you use lower case.

Remember for every position advertised, there could be 100's, if not 1000's of applications, so don't give them a reason, not to view yours, just because you used the wrong colour ink!

  • Write your answers on a separate sheet first.
  • Write clearly and neatly.
  • Check spelling and grammar.
  • If they ask for experience, put your most recent first and work backwards (unless asked to list in chronological order). This will help them find the most relevant information first.
  • Same applies to education.
  • Have two references ready; one should be from an employer or education.

Interviews?

Remember that interviews are a two way process and you are effectively interviewing them as they interview you, this should help you to relax more.

A good interviewer will try and make you relax, this isn't something to worry about they are just trying to get you to perform better.

  • Tips:
    • Do research on the company and the position.
    • Be well dressed.
    • Be early (do a pre-run to the location the day before if possible).
    • First Impressions -Handshake-pleasant Smile-Direct Eye Contact.
    • Try to be clear and confident, (don't try and be superior, it comes across as cocky, rather than confident).
    • Try to give positive remarks and avoid negative comments, unless you can back them up with a positive.
    • Ask a few questions and say why you think you are suitable to the position.
    • Remember that the questions you ask them and their responses, will help you decide if you want to work for them.
    • Ask when you might get a response / hear if you have been successful, for the position.
    • Don't worry if your mind goes blank at an interview no questions spring to mind; good interviewers will provide you with their contact details, if you should think of any other details afterwards.
    • At the end of the interview, thank them for their time and ask for feedback on the interview performance (most will give it though not all will)

After the interview:

  • If you are unsuccessful don't dwell on it, rather think what can I do to learn from the experience?
  • Take in, what was said in the feedback from the interviewer and use it to improve your technique and your prospects.
  • Don't be afraid to realize that the only reason you're not getting the position is due to a lack of experience.
  • Think how that experience can be gained, this means you might have to lower your sights slightly in order to get into that company / position, so maybe try for a lower position and work your way up from within.


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