It is now that time of year where the end of university is looming and the inevitability of becoming a graduate is all too real.
Now some of it will be sound advice but all of it you will have heard a multiple of times before & the only way to escape the propping questions is to already have an answer for them. Which means you will need to have a plan in place or have started the job search.
I know that the job hunt is a long and tedious process, it involves searching through hundreds of advertised jobs for your dream one, then reading the job spec and doubting that you have the skills they are looking for or the experience.
Then you move on to the application process; trying painfully to write a good covering letter (you can read my previous post about writing a successful covering letter), then making sure your CV showcases all you fantastic past experience (I also wrote about writing a successful CV) and finally comes the most painful stage: waiting.
JOB SEARCH – Places to look.
However the great thing is the job hunt process is that it is changing, instead of only being able to look for jobs on recruitment websites, such as monster.co.uk etc, you can now find companies advertising opportunities through their social media sites, as well as through websites like craigslist.co.uk.
- It is still important to check out regular sites such as Monster, Reed, Total Jobs & The Guardian, as these allow you to search for jobs under a particular industry, such as events. There will be a large number of jobs advertised but they will also have a high number of applications, which means more competition.
- You can use companies such as ESP Recruitment who will match you with relevant job opportunities & assist with the whole process.
- If a company decides not to advertise on a third party website they will instead be placing it on their own website. Which means it is always a good idea to regularly check the recruitment pages on businesses websites. They may also make people aware they are hiring via their social networking sites like twitter and Facebook which makes it pretty important to be following your ideal companies on these sites as well.
- Twitter also involves the infamous # hashtag & following #eventprofs and other industry related tags should help you become aware of companies who advertise their available jobs via social media.
- Linkedin is also a great website to check out when searching for jobs, as they have a lot of opportunities advertised, and some companies will let people know about their job opportunities through related groups as a way to target ideal candidates.
- I recently read an article about the bad responses Julie Jansen received when she advertised a job on craigslist, but the thing is you remember the cardinal rules of any job application that shouldn’t happen to you. But also remember that websites such as craigslist allow recruiters to reach a wider range of people which in turn means they will receive a large number of applications!
APPLICATION – How to stand out.
But with the way we communicate changing, there is an opportunity to make your job application stand out of the crowd and make the job search much more interesting. Instead of sticking to typical covering letter some savvy people have done video applications, similar to what I had to do when applying for The Eventice, some have even hired out billboards to display their skills and expertise outside the company they want to work for & whilst I was on placement one intern applied by sending in a cake with their picture and a QR code, which directed us to their personal webpage where they had uploaded a cover letter & CV.
These are all different ways to get the attention of employers and help in distinguishing yourself from all the others applying, however you have to make sure the way you apply fits in with the ethos of the company and that you have enough time to do it to a high standard.
Talking to some of my friends who graduated last year, the job search isn’t simple or easy – you could be using all the different ways mentioned above to look for jobs but sadly that does’t mean you will be guaranteed to land one. Thats just down to how the job market is at the moment, but taking an active part in searching will help you answer the questions you will inevitably get asked over the next few months as you edge nearer and nearer to become a graduate!
All that is left to say is GOOD LUCK & if you have any other ways you think can help in the Job Search please let me know in the comments or tweet me.
And this blog is nominated in the National Blog Awards 2014 within the Events category, public voting is still open till the 26th of January 2014 which means you still have a change to vote if you like the posts you are reading. **Also a massive thank you to all the people who have voted already!