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Have you just graduated or are you about to graduate and looking for a job? This has always been difficult, but in Corona times it has only become more difficult. Of course, this depends on the direction in which you graduated, but it is always a challenge to get started in the job market either way. That is why we would like to give you some tips to increase your chances on the job market!
Finding a job after graduation is an exciting activity. For some starters it is still very new to seriously apply for a job. With the help of the following tips you can increase your chances in the application process.
1. TAKE AN EXTRA COURSE
If you haven't been able to find a job yet, use the time you have to take an extra course or training. That way you can better distinguish yourself from other candidates. A course or training is also good for your network. The chance that you will meet people who will end up in the same industry, or are already working in that industry, is very high.
2. WORK BELOW YOUR LEVEL
This is a great interim solution, because of course you don't want to do this for the long term. Temporarily working below your level does provide you with relevant work experience that will give you an edge in future applications for a position at your level.
3. START YOUR OWN COMPANY OR BUSINESS
Perhaps during your studies you got a good idea for your own business or venture. If you haven't found a job yet, this could be the perfect time to realize your idea. If it does not work out, it is not a disaster. You have gained a lot of experience and you can learn from the mistakes you've made.
4. DO AN INTERNSHIP
Many companies take on interns rather than permanent employees. If you can't find a job right away, it's a good idea to do an internship at an interesting company. You will gain a lot of experience and it looks good on your resume. And who knows, maybe you will be allowed to stay if you do well!
5. EDUCATE YOURSELF
Besides applying for jobs, you can take the time to specialize within your field. You can do this by signing up for newsletters, reading professional literature, attending webinars or lectures and listening to relevant podcasts.
6. PERSONAL BRANDING
A job interview is actually partly a sales pitch. You have to sell yourself to the recruiter or your future boss. Why should they choose you and not one of the other candidates? Show what unique skills and qualities you can offer the company. What can you add? For example, you could create a portfolio website to show what you've already done and what skills you possess. It's also wise to Google yourself to make sure no inappropriate photos or information comes up.
7. PUT SOME WORK INTO YOUR RESUME
A clean and presentable resume is essential to a successful application. Make sure you have good references and contact them yourself if necessary. Always try to adapt your resume a little to the position you are applying for. For example, mention work experience that is really relevant to the company and the position.
Have you gone through all the tips and are you ready to continue applying? Check out the vacancies on our website or sign up for our talent pool!