How to Get a Job After University: Career Guidance from UniKitOut

Posted by Annabel Smith on

Hello, recent graduates and soon-to-be graduates! As you transition from university life into the professional world, it can seem daunting to navigate the job market. But don't worry, we’re here to help you not only "make the grade" but also to excel in landing a position that's a perfect fit. Here are some tried and tested strategies to prepare you for success and ensure you pass with flying colours.

1. Proactively Submit Your CV

Don’t wait for open doors; knock on them! (or maybe email or message them on LinkedIn) even if your dream company isn't actively advertising openings, be bold and send your CV. Think of it as "throwing your hat in the ring" early. This can set you apart from the crowd and might just be the ticket to getting on their hiring list ahead of time.

2. Research is Key

Before applying, ensure you thoroughly research each company. Mixing up company details during an interview is a major fail. Keep a spreadsheet to track what each company is all about—it's like having a cheat sheet but way cooler and totally allowed. This prep work shows you’re not just playing the field, but seriously engaging.

3. Customise Your Cover Letters

Avoid the cover letter ‘copy-paste catastrophe.’ Tailor each letter to fit the job like a glove. Highlight how your unique skills mesh well with their needs. A dash of personalisation shows you're not just shooting arrows in the dark, but aiming to hit the bullseye.

4. Showcase Your Personality

Job hunting is not just about the company picking you, but also about you picking the right company. Let your personality shine through and assess if the company’s culture fits your vibe. It’s a bit like dating—both parties need to feel the "chemistry" for a long-term relationship to work.

5. Leverage Your Network

Think of networking like attending a school reunion where opportunities are the guests of honour. Engage with alumni, participate in forums, and connect with industry leaders. It’s about who you know, and more importantly, who gets to know you!

6. Enhance Your Skills

Use the time during your job hunt to give your professional skill set a glow up. Online courses and workshops are your gym for brain muscles, making you a heavyweight contender for potential employers.

7. Maintain Your Resilience

Job searching is often a marathon, not a sprint. Keep your spirits high, even if rejections come your way. Every ‘no’ is just another step toward that ‘yes’ that will open new doors. It’s a test of endurance—keep running the race, and keep those eyes on the prize bestie!

Follow the above steps and you’ll find that you're not just prepared; you're setting yourself up to be the dream candidate. So, dive in, make waves, and soon you'll be swimming in job offers. (And remember, if you get a few rejections, there are always plenty more fish in the sea!)

For more advice on navigating life after university, stay connected with UniKitOut—Good luck, and ‘may the job odds be ever in your favour!'