Life 1 Year After Graduating & How To Find The Perfect Graduate Job
It’s mind-boggling to think that over a year ago I waved goodbye to a huge chapter of my life. I don’t think I’ve ever spoken about university in-depth and what’s happened over the past year in-depth what-so-ever. So let’s go back to this time last year and reflect upon what was and what is at this time in present day.
After graduating the reality of adulting well and truly sank in and the panic of finding full-time work and hustling hard was something I couldn’t quite shake off. There’s this massive unwarranted pressure after graduating when everyone and anyone feels the need to ask you what you’re going to do next, I mean for goodness sake, I’ve just spent 3 years grinding hard to get a degree, where’s my 5 minutes to breathe? The panic mode lead me to applying for a handful of jobs and counting my lucky stars that someone would cut me some slack so then all the questions would stop. Luckily after not too long, I landed myself my first full tie graduate job as a PR & Blogger outreach executive for a fashion brand – Sounds great right? Wrong. I’m not going to talk about this job too much, as I left not long after due to a multitude of reasons, mostly to do without how the company was ran, however, I learnt a huge lesson about how important it is to take your time when it comes to applying for jobs, you may be the perfect candidate for them, however, the company may not be right for you.
At this current point in time I have a job that I do really enjoy and working with some really amazing people is, well, amazing! I somehow bagged myself a Social Media Manager role, which is a dream come true. I have so many people messaging me on how to boss interviews for similar roles and what my job involves,so, here’s some tips when it comes to finding the perfect job for you…
1. Do Your Research
Although the job description might sound perfect and it’s as though the stars have aligned. It’s important to do your research about the company, especially if it’s one that you’ve not heard too much about previously. There’s website such as Glass Door and Indeed Job Reviews that are reviews from previous employees that are so honest and helpful into receiving an insight into what the company is really like.
2. Go The Extra Mile
Your job application is your first impression, you want your potential employer to be impressed and offer you the interview. As I’m a creative person who’s quite the perfectionist, the design and wording of my CV & cover letter is everything to me. I make sure that the layout, colours and overall design is interesting and stands out. My biggest tip with CVs is to keep the information to the point and very concise, you can go into greater detail in your cover letter. If job roles state they want people who can use Photoshop or inDesign or amazing photography skills, attach some of your work onto your application or take a portfolio to your interview. Even if you haven’t been asked to prepare something, you’re showing off your skills and that you’ve put time, thought into your application. Obviously a portfolio isn’t relevant to every job role, so don’t do it if it’s not relevant, but a good CV and cover letter go a long, long way!
3. Work Your Interview
I suppose it’s always easier said than done, however, whenever I would attend an interview for a job I would remind myself that I have nothing to lose and that I might as well just give it my all, whether it’s a group interview or one-on-one, you’re there to impress so don’t feel bad for talking shout yourself and making your achievements sounds amazing, because the truth it, they are! I find believing in myself very difficult, however, I’d never apply for a job that I didn’t think I was capable enough to do, so if you’re careful with the jobs you apply for and make sure you’re not just applying for any old thing, just remind yourself that you’ve bagged yourself that interview because you are worthy!
4. Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Although rejection can be tough, especially when you’ve put so much of yourself into three application process. Just remember that you tried your best and that’s all that matters. Although it sounds cliché, if it’s meant to be, it will be, it’s important to not allow rejection to beat you. You’ve just got to keep on searching as the perfect opportunity is sure to pop up In its own time. Trust me.