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Post-Graduation Panic

We have reached mid-September and you were hoping you would have that dream job by now. You are getting constant updates on Facebook and LinkedIn and you feel as though EVERYONE on your course has got a job, but you.

Firstly, it may seem that way but it most probably isn’t. Everyone is different and fortunately, some people know what they want to do straight away, if not beforehand. So, don’t panic, you only graduated a couple of months ago…

As we know from experience, the end of summer is often quiet for job advertisements and to make yourself feel productive you might find yourself applying for ANYTHING you come across. Now, there’s no point applying for something you aren’t qualified for and have no intention in pursuing.

Job Alerts

Setting up job alerts is a perfect way to keep your eye on your desired jobs without physically gluing yourself to a chair and pressing the refresh button every 5 minutes. Most job boards allow you to choose your job level, area, location and desired job title and then you simply, leave it to them to find you your dream jobs, in your ideal location.

Research

Although you are technically ‘qualified’ why not go the extra mile. Carry out some research after you’ve graduated. Not only will this allow you to broaden your knowledge and continue to learn, you will look extremely motivated and determined. As Albert Einstein once said, “Once you stop learning, you’ll start dying.”

Currently, your horizons are so broad that you could end up doing almost anything. Imagine if a tiny bit of research turned into the publication of a book? A Masters? Paid research? You don’t know whats round the corner. What we are suggesting is that you utilise your time well.

Experience

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again. Experience is key in this day and age. If you want to stand out from the thousands of other graduates, experience is a big boost. Employers appreciate the efforts that you have gone through to work voluntarily (or paid) for a company during your time at university, during the summer or whenever. The fact that you have done something that isn’t compulsory is very appealing. So, if you haven’t already, I suggest you do so.

Don’t just wait for opportunities to arise, contact companies directly and ask for some experience.

CV & Cover Letter

Although this appears particularly obvious. Have you updated your cv? Why not start fresh now that you have finished university and only put relevant experience and roles on. At the end of the day, is that cafe assistant job relevant to your application as a Web Dev? Probably not.

Relevance is key, include all your useful skills, experience, achievements and include some background about why you chose to study this, what you’ve gained from it etc.

One big mistake is using the same generic cover letter for a variety of different job roles. Go the extra mile, personalise the cover letter to each individual job role. Include some knowledge of the company and write why you would be suitable for that particular role. They will appreciate the fact that you know about the company, the role and you have taken the time to write about it rather than copy and pasting a ‘good cover letter’ template from Google.

Don’t Panic & Stay Confident

Acknowledge how many graduates are currently looking for jobs, it’s not as easy as it looks. Remember to go the extra mile, it’ll pay off.

Most importantly, stay confident – constant rejection emails can be particularly degrading but don’t get yourself down about it, keep trying and improving.

If you do all of these things, hopefully you’ll find the job you love. You may end up doing something completely different to what you originally thought, but one main thing is to find something that you love & enjoy.

Good Luck from The Bubble Team!

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