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Surviving After University

How to survive after University

So, you have handed in your dissertation, taken a couple of weeks to catch up on some sleep – what now?

Looking forward to moving back home? Probably not, no offence to your parents, but you have loved the freedom to do what you like and at a time to suit you – generally at 3am.

Oh, job…

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LOOKING FOR A JOB

Looking for a job

When you turn your mind to finding a job either for the summer or as a permanent career, it's a real step change from the focus on getting reports, papers or dissertations completed. That said, the pressure can feel just as intense in a different sort of way.

Just knowing there will be lots of students, graduates and other job seekers out there all potentially going for the same jobs makes it crucial to get yourself into a place where you will be the best applicant and get the job you want.

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3 ways to make sure your CV stands out from the crowd

3 ways to make sure your CV stands out from the crowd

Stepping out into the world of work can be scary. As a recent graduate, everyone wants the most exciting and most rewarding jobs that the market place has to offer. But with so many people applying for the same position, new graduate students can struggle…

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4 things a graduate needs to consider before applying for their first job

4 things a graduate needs to consider before applying for their first job

It can be stressful for a graduate to land their first full-time role within the industry or discipline they have studied. Many graduates are finding that they don’t have any work experience, they have no relevant references and they are falling behind the competition.

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Job Applications - HOW AM I DOING?

Job Applications - HOW AM I DOING?

Job Applications - Know where you are, to know where you are going.

I know this sounds boring to some of us, but maybe it just makes perfect sense to the rest of us!

When applying for jobs, it is worth making a chart of the company name, whom you applied to, the date you sent the application and which cover letter and CV version you sent.

You can then monitor how long each application takes to receive a response, and if you find you don’t hear back from an application, it means you can chase it up.

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HOW TO TAILOR YOUR CV TO SPECIFIC JOBS

And have a CV that is a close match

Employers have specific requirements for the roles they are recruiting for, and they want to see a CV that is as close a match as possible. That is why sending the same CV for every job you apply for, is likely to result in you being disappointed with the outcome.

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HOW TO GET THE PERFECT JOB MATCH

THE PERFECT JOB MATCH

You might ask why is it important to find a job you will really enjoy. There is growing evidence that when employees are happy, companies thrive. One study found that happy employees are up to 20% more productive than unhappy employees. It makes sense for the employee and employer to make an effort to get the match just right. Sound commercial sense for the employer and job satisfaction for the employee.

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JOB APPLICATIONS - QUALITY NOT QUANTITY

Job Applications - Quality not Quantity

One thing is for sure, the more selective you are about who you apply to and how many applications you make, the better chance you have of getting a job that suits you. It is easy to feel under pressure to start applying for anything you see advertised, just to get a job, any job. When we feel under pressure to get a job, we can easily start to apply for jobs that are not right for us, and equally, we would not be right for the job.

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A CV THAT MAKES YOU STAND OUT

A CV that makes you stand out

You might think that once you have your CV ready with all your relevant information, then that is it. Well, that is only the half of it. Employers look at everything on your CV as a sort of checklist to whittle down the long list of applicants to the short list of interviewees. So, you need to adapt your CV every time you apply for a job; this will give you the best chance to shine and be one of those short-listed for interview. Darwin said, “It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” The same is true when it comes to your CV, the CVs that adapt to the role being advertised for are generally the ones that get noticed and get to the shortlist for interview.

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FINDING THE RIGHT WORK ENVIRONMENT

Find your perfect fit

Never underestimate how important it is to find the right work environment to suit your personality and working preferences. We spend the majority of our waking time in work, so the happier we are, the more fulfilled and content we become with the rest of our life. If we are unhappy at work that unhappiness seeps into life out of work and makes us pretty miserable about almost everything. 

Taking the time to match what we want with what a company can provide for us is crucial to our overall wellbeing and to our success in work.

Workplaces also benefit from getting the right match between people and jobs. There are numerous studies that show satisfied people are more likely to stay productive and perform positively in a position, it just makes sense, right?

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CREATING A GOOD COVER LETTER

Stand out from the crowd

If you could only see the desk of most company recruiters! They have lists of vacancies, piles of applications, numerous CV’s, lists of interview dates and times to organise, lists of who has been seen and what the feedback is, trays of letters to tell people the outcome of their interview and several files for every type of decision so they can adhere to data protection. Even that isn’t the half of it, so a good cover letter is vital to give you half a chance of getting to the top of the mountain of applications and actually getting short listed for an interview.

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