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4.3% this year, the
year in which graduate vacancies have
grown. Yet despite this increase, the
number of candidates applying for
every job remains high. Together, the
country's top employers have received
9% more graduate job applications
so far this year compared with 2016,
according to research company
High Fliers. Here's how to stay one
step ahead of the competition.
WHERE TO LOOK
This online graduate career resource
advertises hundreds of paid
internships, placements, graduate jobs
and schemes. There are also advice
pages to help you research different
career choices and help with your
decision-making and applications.
Milkround aims to help you to
narrow your job search, apply for
positions and ensure you make the
best possible start to your career.
Searching for jobs on the site is simple.
Filters allow you to be as general or
targeted as you like, and you can also
set up personalised email job alerts
for your career search preferences.
It's a common mistake to think there's
no need to bother to sign up with
recruitment agencies when it's so easy
to contact potential employers directly.
But by ignoring their services you could
miss out on some great opportunities.
Recruiters often have jobs on their
books you won't have seen advertised
elsewhere. Many companies choose
recruitment agencies as their only
method of sourcing new employees,
as they prefer to pay someone to
sift through hundreds of CVs and
compile a shortlist of candidates.
And as recruitment agencies get
paid a commission for every person
they successfully place in a job, you
Don't be afraid to capitalise on
contacts - be they neighbours,
family friends or fellow graduates
can be sure they'll do their very best
to at least get you an interview.
Once you've signed up with an
agency, you'll usually be allocated a
recruiter who knows everything there
is to know about the job market that
interests you. They should also be
able to suggest the best jobs that fit
your profile, tell you what particular
employers are looking for, whether
your experience and qualifications
are up to scratch, and advise you
on how to improve your CV.
You can always pass on any leads
that an agency puts your way. And
as you don't pay for their services,
you've nothing to lose by signing up.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
While agencies can be a useful tool
in your hunt for a job, you shouldn't
rely on them entirely. There's still a
lot you can do for yourself to improve
your chances of employment.
Use your connections
Don't be afraid to capitalise on
contacts - be they neighbours, family
friends, fellow graduates or people
you've met through work placements.
Offer to shadow someone in the
industry that interests you. Chances
are they'll be flattered you consider
them to be a potential mentor.
Make yourself more employable
There's plenty you can do to make
yourself more attractive to potential
employers in a competitive job
market. Volunteering, fundraising and
mentoring are great ways to show how
you contribute to society, for example.
Think about what you can put
on you CV under "Other interests".
Writing a blog - especially covering
something related to your chosen
industry - can act as a great reference
point for potential employers. Playing
a sport is a good way to demonstrate
teamwork and dedication, for example,
while learning another language
can also strengthen your CV.
Research the company
Even before you submit an application,
it is worth doing extensive research
on the company. Finding out as much
as possible about your potential new
employers will help you tailor your
application to the company's ethos.
If you are invited for an interview,
your research will stand you in good
stead. As well as allowing you to
ask pertinent questions, you will
also be able to make interesting
observations at the interview to help
you stand out from the crowd.
Consider starting small
You shouldn't only consider the
big guns when looking for work
experience or a full-time job.
Research shows 39 people apply
for each graduate job at leading
companies, so competition is stiff.
Start-ups may not be as high profile
as bigger firms, but gaining industry
experience is all-important. You can
also look into temporary internships
to get your foot through the door.
Be prepared to move
The best opportunities don't always
present themselves on your doorstep,
so being flexible about where you live
will open up a whole new world of
career possibilities. A willingness to
relocate for a job also demonstrates
adaptability and enthusiasm, attributes
prized by prospective employers.
Most graduate schemes are extremely
competitive, with entry requiring a
minimum of a 2:1 degree. You will also
need to demonstrate that you have the
right skills and characteristics, such
as initiative, dedication, good time-
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