How to get a job when you’ve just graduated

Hey guys, it’s Natacha here – I’m a new international recruiter on the team! I’m going to give you a few tips on how to improve your chances of finding a job if you’ve just graduated.

Pretty much everyone applying for an entry-level job will have roughly the same experience as you. So, you need to make sure that you stand out from the crowd. And I’ll show you how to do just that:

Spend time on your CV and cover letter
Before you even begin your job search, make sure your CV is up to date, and you have a rough draft of a cover letter. The cover letter should be adjusted to the job you are applying to. You can find out more about that in our blog posts on how to write an awesome cover letter and how to create a great CV. If you have a good, professional CV and cover letter, your chances will increase!

Have the right expectations
There are hundreds of industries with a multitude of exciting jobs. I suggest you take the time to figure out what it is that you like. For example, what industry are you interested in, or where could your degree comes in handy? Then, hop onto some of the many job portals and see what’s out there. Of course, you’re not going to be successful if you’re applying for senior roles or management roles, but you have to remember that entry-level jobs and even internships can lead to amazing opportunities in the future!

Inform yourself about the role and the company
Now that you’ve found a suitable job or an interesting company that you’d like to apply to, there are a couple of things that still need to be done. First of all, you should tailor your application to the job. Make sure you read about the company, and highlight skills and experiences that are relevant. This could also come in handy at a later stage when you’re in an interview and can impress the hiring manager with your knowledge.

Show your motivation and eagerness to learn
Perhaps the most important thing on this list is your motivation to learn. You can be honest about the fact that you don’t have much or any experience in this field. As long as the hiring manager or the recruiter realises that you are truly passionate and eager to learn about this role and that you want to grow within the company, then you just got your foot in the door.

Start side projects that complement your interests
If you’re doing all of the above and you’re still struggling to land a job in your dream industry, there is another thing you should consider. For example, if your dream job is to be a writer, get a little side project going. Try to get little jobs as a freelancer, or do an unpaid internship. If you have that on your CV, it will underline your motivation and passion for the industry.

Get in touch with a recruiter
Last but not least, one of the best ways to find entry-level jobs is to get in touch with a recruiter. They will scan your CV with their expert eyes and match you with exciting jobs all over the world! They will also be able to answer many of your questions and will help to prepare you for your job interview.

Good luck on your next job application!

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