When you’re just starting out in the job market, it can feel like it’s impossible to find a job with little-to-no experience. But don’t be disheartened: 68.9% of graduates in Australia land full-time jobs right away, and within three years of finishing their studies, nearly nine in 10 graduates are employed full-time.
While finding your dream grad job might not happen overnight, there are several important things you can do to set yourself up for the best chance of success.
Whether you’ve just graduated or you’ve been looking for some time, here are our top tips and tricks to help you supercharge your job search.
Consider graduate programmes and internships
Many companies offer specific graduate programmes and internships. Internships are a great way to get your foot in the door and help you understand the industry you’re interested in. They also help you build up critical skills and practical experience that you’ll need in any role, entry level or otherwise. Additionally, they allow you to connect with a range of peers and potential colleagues.
Similarly, graduate programmes offer you the opportunity to explore different fields of work and gain real-world experience while figuring out your career trajectory.
Both graduate programmes and internships are often the stepping stone to a permanent role should you show promise, so focus on showing initiative and proving your value to the company.
Attend career days and expos
Career days and expos present a huge opportunity in the job search process and allow you to meet and network with potential employees, employers and recruiters who are looking to fill positions.
Review upcoming events and pinpoint the ones that may be the most useful to you, as well as those where you may be able to connect with key recruiters. You can register and sign up for a host of virtual options as well.
Build your online reputation and network
Before you begin applying for roles, it is important to review your entire digital footprint. Recruiters and internal HR teams often check and examine candidates’ social media accounts as part of the interview process, so make sure you are represented professionally online and that there are no surprises that may reduce your chance of getting a job.
Also make sure your LinkedIn profile is job search ready and succinctly covers your experience and interests. Complete your profile with a professional summary, photo and any experience, and don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations from relevant people in your professional network.
Once your LinkedIn profile is refreshed, take the time to reach out and connect with recruiters and various contacts at key employers, and don’t hesitate to reconnect with anyone you’ve met at various online or virtual career days and expos. Building up your network is one of the most important steps to landing a job.
Take time to upskill
While you’re searching for that ideal graduate job, it’s worth looking into online certifications or courses that will help elevate your application. Take advantage of free courses to build on your soft skills as well as other key skills employers look for. Continuing education and upskilling is valuable in finding a job at any stage of your career.
If you are interested in the recruitment industry, Michael Page has a focus on graduate intake throughout the year, providing an excellent opportunity for recent graduates to gain career progression and personal growth. Read more here and join the team.
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