3 Top Tips To Make You More Employable As A Graduate
With more people attending university and completing higher education, succeeding in the graduate job market now requires much more than a degree certificate. Companies want to see that there is more to you than your studies and that you have the right skills for the job role outside of academics. We’ve run through a few top tips to make sure you stand out from the crowd in your next application process.
- Find your USP As A Candidate:
We’re all completely different; everybody knows that. So, even if you’re going for the same job role as the other two hundred applicants (because trust us, graduate roles attract A LOT of attention), there will be at least one thing that is entirely individual to you. This is what we call your unique selling point. Maybe your time working as an assistant in a gaming store has made you an expert on the market as a whole. Or perhaps your time working at children’s birthday parties on the weekend has given you the patient of a saint when working in high-pressure situations. Whatever it is, you need to find your unique trait that can allow you to stand out amongst the other candidates. Even if it might not appear directly relevant to the role at first, make sure to take the time to tailor your strength to something mentioned as a desirable trait in the job description.
- Get Your Driver’s License:
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It might not seem like a priority when preparing to enter the job market, but having a full driver’s license and access to a car can make you much more attractive to employers. It is not uncommon for job adverts to list a license as ‘desirable’ for candidates. Many even require applicants to confirm that they obtain a full license to progress with the application process. This is because many roles, especially those that are client or customer-facing, require travel to meet clients at a location most suitable for them. Public transport is renowned for being unreliable, so an employee relying on it to meet clients is a risk for any company. Getting your license might seem daunting, and if so, you’ve probably been putting it off since you were old enough, but here’s your sign to just get it done. With a few hours of lessons a week, fitted in alongside your studies, you’re likely to be able to pass your test within a year. There’s tons of advice available online about how to perform well in your test, and you can read more about it here.
- Keep A Record Of Any Achievements And Skills:
With so much information being thrown at you during university, it’s easy to forget everything that you have learned during your time there. Chances are you’ve kept a record of your grades for when employers ask for them, but it can be useful to go one step further. Employers love when you provide practical examples of the skills you’ve learned, especially in interviews. Therefore, it can help keep a good record of all of the examples of personal development and soft skills your degree program has provided you with. When it comes to completing job applications, all you need to do is link these qualities to the specific role, and your application will really stand out.
These simple steps might not seem like a lot, but they’ll be sure to make you stand out from the crowd to employers. The graduate job market can be challenging, but if you persevere, you’ll be sure to find the position that’s right for you, hopefully with the help of our advice.
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