After graduating, all you want to do is relax and forget the stress the last few years have brought you. However, now is the time to get a head start on your job search. The earlier you start the better it will be for you and the more opportunities you will find.
Here are six things you can do to get ahead of the rest.
Polish your CV
Your CV is your first chance to impress potential employers so make sure it’s looking its best. Update it with your most recent results and make sure any irrelevant information has been removed. Even though it’s one of the most vital documents you will produce, many struggle to find the perfect formula for creating a winning CV. Use the handy Highlighter system to make sure it’s saying exactly what you want it to. Many recruiters make quick judgments on the basis of someone’s CV so ensure yours is up to scratch.
Perfect your image
With the high usage of social media these days, employers are turning to it to find out as much as they can about potential employees. Review how you use your profiles and remove any offensive posts or drunken pictures that don’t show you at your best. Even if it was years ago, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Think more carefully from now on about how you use social media and if you would want your potential boss to see what you’re putting up there. Image is everything; especially in industries where a digital presence is everything – like digital marketing.
Use LinkedIn to its full potential
LinkedIn is your friend. It has so many useful features that can make your job search so much easier. Firstly, your profile acts as an online CV where you can advertise yourself. Fill in as much as you can and make sure to write a brief summary of yourself to show what sectors and roles you’re interested in. Unlike your normal CV that you send to employers, here you can be as detailed as you want. The beauty of LinkedIn is it allows you to connect documents, images and even videos to showcase your work. That way potential employers can see your talent before meeting you.
Endorsements and recommendations are great tools too. Colleagues and tutors can endorse you for particular skills and you can also ask for recommendations to be written about you. If you’ve had a work placement that you’re particularly proud of, ask if a written testimonial can be made to prove you’re a worthwhile candidate. Connect with managers that work in companies you’re interested in. The same goes for those you’ve met during placements etc. Networking is key to many industries and you never know who might come across your profile.
Engage with companies
Like with LinkedIn, use social media to connect with brands and companies you’re interested in and engage with them. Comment and share their posts. The more your name gets out there the more chance you have of someone noticing you. Some companies now solely use social media to advertise vacancies or internship opportunities so make sure you’re not missing out. Check out people’s profiles who work in your dream role and see how they got there. You may even get some good ideas for your profile.
Don’t be afraid of sending your CV and contacting companies who aren’t currently recruiting. Some businesses rely on speculative applications and with others you might just get in there at the right time. Even if they don’t have anything suitable for you now, your persistence could help you in the future. For instance your name may be recognised if you re-apply or it may help you get a work experience placement. Just because somewhere isn’t actively recruiting does not mean they won’t read your application.
Register with DM4Grads
You already know who DM4G are which means you have seen some of what they offer but did you know that they offer fabulous training courses to get you up to speed in the world of digital marketing? The website is full of interesting articles as well as training on all areas of digital marketing from Search Engine Optimisation to content writing. You can work on a real marketing project and show potential employees that you have the skills they’re looking for. Nothing compares to real industry experience and that’s what you get with DM4G. Graduates have already reaped the benefits; take a look at what they have to say here.
Take all of these tips on board and you will be in a great position to get the job of your dreams!