With many students graduating this month, including myself, the time to apply for jobs is now! However, this may seem like a daunting task if you’ve never applied for a job or even made a cv before. That is why today I will be giving advice to help you get a job!
When it comes to writing a CV there are many great websites and resources that can help walk you through this process to make sure you are writing it correctly. A few tips that may help you are:
- Keep it short, two sides of A4 at most.
- Choose a clear, professional font to use throughout to ensure that your CV can be easily read.
- Lay it out in a logical order, with Work experience first and things like Education after.
- Order your experience and education in reverse chronological order to highlight your most recent experience and achievements
- And triple check that your grammar and spelling is correct throughout.
Using these tips and more will guarantee you a great looking cv.
Another important element you will need to apply for jobs is, of course, a cover letter. While writing a cover letter you must remember to keep it personalised for the company you are applying for as it is directly addressed to them, unlike your cv. Tips for writing a cover letter that I think are particularly important are:
- Don’t repeat your CV throughout your cover letter.
- Give examples of what you can bring to the company you are applying for.
- Don’t highlight skills you do not have, instead focus on the positive.
- Start with a template, but customise your letter throughout.
With these tips, hopefully writing a cover letter will be easier!
Make sure you try a variety of different job websites, for example: Totaljobs, reed, etc. This is important because an employer may post your dream job you haven’t tried yet. Alternatively, just type what you’re looking for straight into google as you never know what job opportunities may pop up.
Finally, the last thing you should consider is your social media footprint. When you apply for jobs, the employer might want to check your social media accounts, which could make or break if you get the job or not. I did a whole blog post on this topic which you can see by clicking here, however, to summarise: make sure all your public information is professional. If you use Facebook there is a button on your profile which will let you see what strangers can see on your wall, so start hiding or deleting those old and cringe posts!
Thank you for reading this post, I hope you found it somewhat useful when it comes to applying for jobs. Just remember to stay calm, keep applying, never give up.
Until next time!
Film/Show of the day: Heathers (1988)