Before you graduate, Careers Advice, Preparing for your future

5 top job hunting tips

Searching for a graduate job can be a long process; here are Careers Adviser Jason Law’s 5 top tips to secure that job offer.

  1. Stay positive – You may feel frustrated or disheartened, but you will land a job offer eventually. Ask for feedback where possible, learn from your mistakes and keep moving forward. Watch this video featuring recruitment staff from Enterprise Rent-a-Car about the importance of being resilient. It only takes one YES to turn things around!
  2. Cardiff University jobs board and work experience opportunities – You can access our jobs board and work experience opportunities for up to two years after you graduate. Over 5000 jobs are posted on the jobs board every year by top employers who are looking to hire Cardiff University students and graduates. Over a third of graduate recruiters warn that students who have had no previous work experience are unlikely to be successful during the selection process for their graduate programmes. Additionally completing a paid internship may often lead to a graduate position. Browse paid internships and flexible, unpaid Insight opportunities under the ‘work experience’ tab on your Careers Account and jobs under the ‘jobs board’ tab.
  3. Network – Who you know is just as important as what you know. Who can help you in your job search? Family? Friends? Old volunteering contacts? Use them to gain more information or ask their advice. Don’t be afraid to contact employers directly and arrange a phone call/meeting to ask questions. Follow and connect with companies/organisations on social media, particularly LinkedIn.
  4. Tailor your application – Tweak and target your application to each job and company. A hiring manager will ignore a vague statement/cover letter. So impress them with your research, commercial awareness and passion for what they do. A good way to glean information about an organisation is to read through their annual report or mission statement and values.
  5. Job Alerts – On job sites you can filter the types of jobs that interest you. If you sign up to alerts this means you’ll save time and be introduced to opportunities you may otherwise have missed. The more detail you provide on the type of job, the more likely you’ll find vacancies that excite and motivate you.

Good luck with your search!
Jason Law,
Careers Adviser

Headshot of Careers Adviser Jason Law in a green jumper

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