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How to make yourself stand out as a graduate

After working your way through a university degree, you are likely to come up against the fresh challenge of finding work as a graduate. With the competitive nature of the current job market, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for graduates to stand out in a post-pandemic world. This is especially true when you are compared with the thousands of other graduates applying for jobs in your desired industry. However, before you throw in the towel and give up too quickly, there are some proactive steps that you can take to get closer to your dream job.

Volunteer

Volunteering can be a real help if you are struggling for experience to boast about on your CV. Unlike, what you might experience with an internship, volunteering doesn’t have to take up all of your time. In fact, you can volunteer at the same time as working a standard job. This will allow you to gain experience in your area of interest, while having an income to pay the bills.

By volunteering, you will get the opportunity to network with industry professionals and you might even be offered a full-time job by the company. However, if you volunteer for a company that isn’t related to your speciality, you will still gain an array of transferable skills.  

Find temp work

Sourcing some temporary work is another clever way to get experience. By registering with several temporary recruitment agencies, you can gain access to jobs quickly. The advantage of doing temp work is that you get to try your hand at a variety of different jobs and industries, giving you a more in-depth understanding about what you like to do.  

Upskill

With graduate schemes more competitive than ever, upskilling can often be a crucial part of making yourself more employable. Nowadays, employers will likely be interested to see what you have done in addition to your university education. Not only can upskilling provide you with experience to speak about in interviews, it can help you to close any gaps in your skillset.

Taking a training course to develop a specific technical skill is one of the more common methods of upskilling. However, it’s important to remember that upskilling comes in many forms and doesn’t necessary have to be limited to traditional training courses. In fact, you can even develop your soft skills through upskilling and then later use them during a period of employment. For example, communication, leadership and teamwork are all soft skills that can be gained through some sort of work experience or hobby.

Maintain an online presence

In the modern day, the digital world is instrumental to everyday life. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this same sentiment has filtered into the recruitment side of things. With employers likely to check their applicants’ social media profiles, it’s important that you present yourself in a positive light online.

It isn’t just the employer who has to benefit from social media. If optimised correctly, you can use these platforms as a tool to search and apply for jobs. While, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are generally considered to be the most popular platforms, LinkedIn is where you should concentrate most of your efforts. As well as allowing you to connect with other like-minded individuals in your industry, LinkedIn has a credible job search function. It’s also heavily occupied by recruiters, meaning that you’re never too far away from hearing about the latest jobs. 

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