By Lauren @BubbleJobs
It’s that time of year again – a lot of you will be donning your cap and gowns to celebrate three years of hard working (and partying!) paying off with a shiny new degree to take you into the world of work.
But where do you start? What are the dos and don’ts of graduate job hunting? Well…that’s where we come in!
Here at Bubble, we spend a lot of time putting together useful advice for graduates looking for a job in the digital industry, and have written countless blogs on this very subject.
With this in mind, here are the top 10 most popular graduate job seeking advice blogs published on the Bubble Jobs Blog over the last few years.
If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for in this list, check out our Graduate Advice section where you’ll find lots more blogs to choose from.
When you start looking for jobs, it’s quite a daunting experience and one that you might not be particularly used to, so you’ll be forgiven for making a couple of mistakes along the way. However, if you can identify these mistakes before they happen, you’ll be head and shoulders above the rest. From not keeping a record of your job applications and rushing into your job search, to applying for too-senior roles and not using spell-check, there are loads of common graduate job seeking mistakes that can be easily avoided. For the full list, check out the blog here.
LinkedIn is a really powerful tool to use during your job search, but it’s completely different from the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and should be treated as such. You might not be very familiar with the network before you start job seeking, so there are a few dos and don’ts to make sure you give the best possible impression to prospective employers and recruiters. From making sure you keep your profile up to date, not sharing too much personal information and maintaining a professional image, there are lots of things to remember and they can be found on the blog here.
When starting your graduate job hunt, you’ll probably have a few preconceptions of what the process will be like, but the actual experience will almost always be very different. The graduate job market is an incredibly competitive place, and there are some things you should expect when you jump in so you’re not caught off guard! Competition is high, you will have to go to lots of interviews and you need more than just a degree to stand out from the crowd – and that’s just the start! For a few more graduate job hunting truths, check out the blog here.
We’ve already covered the dos and don’ts of LinkedIn etiquette, but the first question should be – what do you put on your profile?! Well, there are lots of things to consider when it comes to building your first LinkedIn profile, including a good headline and summary, additional skills and links to your work and projects – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg! For more useful information to include on your LinkedIn profile, read the blog in full here.
One of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make after university is whether you want to go on a graduate scheme or find yourself a graduate level job. There are plenty of pros and cons of each, for example a graduate level job is has greater flexibility but less job security, whereas a graduate scheme offers top quality training but there are limited places and competition for these spaces is incredibly fierce. For more pros and cons to help you make this difficult choice, check out the full blog here.
Pulling together experience to fill out your CV may seem simple enough, but when it actually comes down to it, how do you choose whether to include the three years of pint pulling or the one week or work experience at your dad’s mate’s business? Well, this blog includes some helpful tips like making sure that you include all relevant work experience to the job you’re applying for, highlighting transferable skills from your part-time jobs and including any extracurricular activities you took part in outside of university. These are all things that will make your CV more comprehensive, and you can find more tips here.
Social media is a fantastic tool to use when looking for a job – it’s instant, it’s free and it’s a great way to connect with professionals and decision makers that you might never have had access to otherwise. But, social media is also very easy to get wrong and put out a bad impression to prospective employers. This blog highlights some of the most common mistakes graduates make on social media, including sharing too much about your private life, blabbing about interviews and not changing your privacy settings accordingly. For more mistakes you should be avoiding, check out the rest of the blog here.
Here at Bubble, we’re always going on about how important getting real-life work experience is in your job hunt – especially in the digital industry – but how do you go about contacting businesses and asking them to take you under their wing? Well, this blog details some steps to take when approaching companies for work experience, including doing your research on the business, creating a plan of contact and always asking for feedback. For more tips and advice on asking for work experience, read the blog in full here.
You know the drill: you can’t get a job because you don’t have enough experience, but you can’t get experience because you can’t get a job. Nightmare – and it drives us graduates mad! But there are ways that you can beat this never-ending circle and get around the catch-22. These include getting your own experience like setting up your own blog, creating your own website or dabbling with some PPC, volunteering at local businesses or charities and paying for a training course. For more ideas on how to beat the lack of experience catch-22, check the rest of the blog here.
Job boards are a fantastic way of not only finding roles that are relevant to you, but also discovering useful job search resources – especially if the board you use is niche like Bubble! There are lots of ways you can use job boards efficiently, like setting up job alerts so you’re emailed whenever a relevant job goes live, using the advice resources to your full advantage and ensuring the latest version of your CV is uploaded – especially if the job board offers CV database search which enables the employer to find you rather than you finding them! For more tips on how to use job boards effectively, you can find the full blog here.
So there we go, our top 10 graduate job seeking advice blogs from the last few years! If you’re looking for interview advice, you can find our most popular blogs here, or if it’s CV tips you’re after, our top 10 CV advice blogs can be found here. If there are any graduate job seeking questions we haven’t answered, drop us a tweet @BubbleJobs and we’ll do our best to cover it soon!