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Seeking Graduate Employment? Six Simple Tips

Those of you fortunate enough to remain in the blissful state of uni life know all too well that the 'real world' is fast approaching. For our readers who have recently graduated, the real world has arrived and you may be realising how tough it is in this day and age to secure employment befitting of your qualifications. Whatever stage you’re at, there are steps you can take NOW to increase your chances of gaining the type of employment you desire:

 1. Make a start today

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Simple steps like getting your CV sorted can help
set you on your way

With it all to do you can be forgiven for feeling like you have a mountain to climb. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed, and don’t beat yourself up thinking that everyone else has got it all together – they haven’t. 

View each stage as a milestone on your journey to graduate employment. Start with something as small as getting your CV in order or even just deciding what it is you actually want to do. Check out our careers section to get some inspiration and start your journey to employment.

2. Gain industry work experience

Getting work experience in the field or industry you hope to work in is a huge step on the road to becoming employed. It’ll give you an idea of whether you’re on the right path and, if you find you are, will provide useful contacts and a lot to talk about at interviews. Being able to draw on relevant experience when answering interview questions is a sure fire way to catch an employer’s eye.

3. Use graduate recruitment agencies

Agencies form strong relationships with employers, so they’re ahead of the pack when it comes to keeping abreast of the latest vacancies. Register with a graduate recruitment agency or two and you’ll find it easier to get your foot in the door.

Many agencies have an intensive screening process so just getting signed to one can be a task itself. Put the effort in though and you’ll be sure to reap the rewards. To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most well-known graduate recruitment agencies in the UK.

4. Clean up your social media presence

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Whether you're on one or all of these social
networks, make sure your private life stays private

There's a good chance that you're on at least one social network, but be warned – graduate employers can, and will, check your social media pages to gain an idea of your character.

Fortunately the solution is simple: fine tune your privacy settings so that only those in your social circle can access your information. Also be careful about who you accept into that circle – employers have been known to create aliases. Or better yet, behave yourself and don't give them a reason to dismiss you!

5. Do something!

No matter how difficult the situation, make sure you’re doing something. It’ll give you a sense of self-worth and showing a bit of tenacity in the face of adversity will make you stand out from the crowd.

Become a waiter, take an admin job or volunteer for charities. Don’t underestimate how useful these kinds of activities can be. They’ll provide you with transferable skills that you’ll be able to draw on in interviews and in your future careers.  

6. Above all, stay positive!

A positive mindset will take you a long way!