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How Graduates Can Boost Their Job Prospects

Graduation brings a sense of euphoria and expectation, and rightly so. The feeling of satisfaction from obtaining your diploma shouldn't be underestimated. You've worked hard to reach this point and you can be proud of that as you prepare to enter the job market and look for a job. We give you tips to increase your job prospects.

How Graduates Can Boost Their Job Prospects

The job search can be a disturbing time; questions that until recently seemed immaterial must now be answered:

  • What job should you go for?
  • Do you've to apply for every job?
  • Do you need to continue with an apprenticeship / internship or direct full-time job?
  • Do you've to accept the first job offered to you?
  • Do you've to move to secure your job opportunities?

There are a number of steps you can take - even before your final exams - to help you reduce your uncertainty and increase your chances of success.

Before you graduate

"Your final grade tells only part of the story"

While you're in college or college there are a number of activities you can participate in to improve your chances of future work. In fact, when it comes to the interview phase of your job hunt, your final grade tells only part of the story.

Your participation in the sloop growth team doesn't yet make you suitable for a career in software development; but it could equip you with some necessary soft skills to help you succeed in the recruiting process. Other activities, such as writing for your college newspaper, as a member of the debate team and other such associations can certainly improve future chances of success, as long as they relate to the industry you're interested in.

Ideally, you want to gain experience in the profession you intend to pursue. If there are no associations or extracurricular activities to develop yourself in your field, ask yourself if you know someone who works in a role related to your education that may be of use to you. If so, don't be shy to ask them if you can gain work experience - almost all medium to large organizations have a work experience program.

Instead of relaxing in your vacation periods and waiting for lectures to start again, dive into the business world and find an internship or work experience that can help you develop your career. The ideal, 'two birds with one stone' situation is to find an internship that's both in the area in which you want to work and in a situation or location outside your comfort zone. In this way you can gain both hard, practical knowledge (by working in that industry) and obtain many soft skills (by discovering unknown territory).

Practical work experience gained abroad is always a big plus for employers. Employers also value 'life experience', so you definitely don't have to cut travel from the list, but try to make it meaningful and relevant to your career aspirations.

After graduation

"Now is the perfect time to launch your LinkedIn profile."

Whether you need to pursue post-graduate qualifications right now or not depends on your personal situation and the industry you want to break through in. Some industries appreciate or demand much more than others. If it helps you get the job of your choice and it's necessary for that job then yes, definitely do it.But it may not be practical for you, financially or otherwise.Go for tailor-made career advice; Your university or college should have a dedicated career team on hand to provide advice.

Your resume should be a constantly evolving project, but you should definitely give it some extra attention now that you've just graduated - this's when your activities and results are fresh in your mind. Formulate and build your resume with clearly defined achievements and skills related to the chosen profession.

We previously wrote a very useful series about preparing resumes, the first part of which you can read here.

Now is also the perfect time to start your LinkedIn profile, if you haven't already. Many consider this to be the moment when you really enter the working world. LinkedIn is very different from other social networks you may be used to, so familiarize yourself with the options by also reading the LinkedIn profiles article.

Interview skills are also vital for those who have recently graduated. They're skills that you can easily improve with practice. Don't worry that lack of confidence or experience in public speaking will get in the way of your interview opportunities; trust isn't something we may or may not be born with, it's a choice we can make at any time. Your chances will also be helped by showing up for the interviewer with a number of questions, these questions may include:

  • What does a typical day look like?
  • How does the team fit into the overall structure of the company?
  • What does success mean for the team and the position?

Seize the day

Leaving university and entering the working world is without doubt an important transition, and one that doesn't always blend seamlessly. Give yourself the best chance at job success by anticipating this transition ahead of time - joining the relevant associations and deciding on a rough career path - and also becoming proactive right after graduation - by extending your education, you prepare resume or teach yourself maximum skills.

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