Getting a graduate job will at the very least entail an application - either via an application form with set questions or a CV and cover letter submission - followed by an interview. Some businesses will require that you be interviewed more than once for the position. This is normally to allow different stakeholders in the business to meet with you or it may be because they want to talk to you about your experience and career ambitions in more depth.
Depending on the role you’ve applied to, you may also be required to carry out an assessment or test. But we’re jumping ahead here - let’s start with what your first step should be in your graduate job search.
Firstly, you’ll want to ensure that your online presence is appropriate - specifically, we’re referring to your social media accounts. Consider the fact that any employer is likely to conduct a quick search on you before even inviting you in for an interview. If you know that they’re going to find a lovely Facebook profile picture of you chugging beer out of a stiletto... you may want to consider a new one. It’s also worth setting all of your social media pages to private.
Next, you’ll want to update your CV and cover letter. Even if your CV feels a bit bare at this stage in your career, it’s worth including part-time jobs and University projects that can demonstrate your use of soft skills. If you’re stuck on where to begin here, why not download one of our CV and Cover Letter Templates
within the student account?
Next, you’ll want to search for the industries you’re interested in. Try saving jobs first before applying. This way, you’ll be able to thoroughly consider your written application and tailor it to the specific job requirements. Quick tip, recruiters love this!
It’s also worth checking out the company page before you make an application because its a quick way of understanding their work culture.
If the employer has shortlisted you as a candidate for the position, you’ll be invited to an interview with the hiring manager or recruiter. Ensure you’ve researched the company in depth and have understood the role properly. If anything feels unclear about either of these things, you can use the interview to ask questions. The next stage will either be a second interview and/or assessment.
Log in to your student account to download our guide to interviews and assessment centres.