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You’ve been studying for 3-4 years and in some cases up to 7 years and now the time has come to put all that study to use and find that all important job and start the career plan.
This can be a daunting task but tackle the job hunt as you would with any project, in smaller manageable tasks.
Research your industry
Go online and do some research about your industry. Look at job profiles, who are the companies operating within your chosen industry. What are the sizes of these companies? Who are the major players? Are the companies all large scale, or are there SME’s or even start ups? Make a note of the skills they are requesting (you will need this later on when you start putting together your CV). Can you tick off most of the requirements, are the requirements more than you have? All this information will determine your next step.
What type of work do you want to start with?
So, you’ve done your research and seen the requirements needed for the roles. It is now the time to choose the best way to get there. Remember you may have the education requirements, but you still might need to start at an entry level to build up the experience in that area. What is the best way to build up your experience?
Where do you want to work?
Get your CV in shape
Up to this point, you may only have your personal statement, so it can be difficult to create a page of text just about yourself. Again, if you take it in small chunks you will easily fill up the page, giving a hiring manager reasons why you should be employed.
Begin with your personal details – you do not need to put your entire address, or date of birth. Your CV is the chance to put down all your experience skills and highlight the great enthusiasm and knowledge you have for the industry.
Then follow with a brief personal statement – Remember some of the notes you took earlier about what companies are looking for. Compare your strengths and highlight them with bullet points.
Everything you have done whether it be babysitting your neighbour’s child, having a Saturday job at your local shoe shop. Everything counts. All work will highlight your skills and strengths. All jobs take some form of organising, managing time, communicating with customers. Have a good think about what traits you were exhibiting whilst carry out your experience.
Training courses – Highlight training courses you may have attended, whether it was in house or official accredited course. The more knowledge you express the better.
Once completed send your CV through to recruitment agencies, provide them with your requirements and the rest will be to sell yourself at interview stage. Good Luck!