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A Guide to Job Hunting for Graduates (Infographic)

Gone are the days of pints in the student bar at 1pm on a Tuesday and pulling all nighters to get essays finished. You’ve just graduated and it’s time to get your first proper job:


Top Takeaways:

– Tailor your CV to the job you’re after. That summer you spent as a bartender in San Diego may not be quite as relevant to the corporate finance role as you think it is!

– It’s very difficult to proof read you own work, so get a second and even third pair of eyes to give your CV the once over to check for any spelling/grammar mistakes you may have missed.

– As you would in a tweet that only lets you use 140 characters to get your point across, prioritise the keywords you use in your CV. Don’t be tempted to waffle. Words like “achieved”, “proved” and “trained” will stop you from wandering off the point.

– Keep learning after you graduate. Not only will continual learning in the form of free online courses or volunteering look good on your CV, but it will also make answering the “What have you been doing since you graduated” question easier in job interviews.

– 51% of employers have actively rejected a candidate purely based on the content they’ve found on a candidate’s social media profile. It’s time you reviewed your privacy settings and deleted any compromising photos or comments.

– Set up a professional email address with which to sent your details to prospective employers. Anything with .edu attached just won’t cut it any more.

– Don’t underestimate the power of a strong network. When looking to secure your first job reach out to former lecturers, practitioners that may have visited your university, or even family members who work in the industry you want to work in.


– Dress to impress at job interviews. 50% of Hiring Managers say the biggest interview mistake is dressing inappropriately. So if you’re ensure what the dress code for your upcoming interview is, ask!

– Your body language says a lot! Use eye contact, stop fidgeting and sit up straight when being interviewed.  – And finally, do your research. I’m sure you’ve heard it before but the saying “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” really is true. Read up on the company and the role you’ve applied to before attending the interview. And spend time determining exactly how your skills and experience fit the job.

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