Career Advice for Graduates

It’s a tough time to be a graduate and just trying to get an interview can sometimes feel like banging your head against a brick wall.

It’s a tough time to be a graduate and just trying to get an interview can sometimes feel like banging your head against a brick wall. The situation certainly isn’t hopeless, though - and there are a few steps you can take to boost you employability. A degree does not guarantee you a job, especially in the current financial climate, but do not abandon all hope.

Jobs can be challenging to find and your search is sure to be filled with pitfalls but with a little help, finding your perfect first job isn’t impossible. Knowing your sector is integral to your success. There are some tricks of the trade you need to be aware of and there are other things you need to avoid. There are techniques and rules you should be spending the majority of your time and energy on but do all of this and there’s no reason you can’t find the job to fit your skill set.

With this in mind, here are three main things you need to be doing on a regular basis if you are find that perfect job.

Beware of recruitment agencies

As a graduate it’s easy to think of recruitment agencies as a great helping hand and sure fire route into the sector, but this isn’t always the case. Of course, there are some good recruiters out there but by and large, many of them have little interest in your career and may appear more concerned about their figures and bank balances.

One of the main problems with recruitment agencies is that when you apply for a job with them, your application doesn’t go directly to the employer. You are never completely sure of who is the potential employer, what the salary is (agencies will usually take a substantial cut) and whether the advert is genuine or just a way to boost the agency’s numbers. Not all agencies use these unsavory tricks but if you are aware of them you will find it easier to know what questions to ask and when to give a recruiter a wide berth. For more information, read our blog on 'Why you should avoid most recruitment agencies’.

Write a great CV

As the first point of contact between you and your potential new employer, your CV is vital to getting your foot in the door and being offered that all-important interview. There are nine key tips to follow when it comes to your CV and we talk all about them on our blog post: ‘Ensure your CV gets you an interview’.

Get talking

Here at EmptyLemon we are constantly growing the number of graduate opportunities we have on our site, and we would love to hear your thoughts on the matter. We have built a place where professionals, young or old, graduate or longtime pro can share their thoughts. Whether you are ready to find your perfect first job yet or not, join in the conversation and build your contacts - after all, your networking may well be the difference between unemployment and the first step in a successful career.

Charlie Gilbert | 10 Feb 2012

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