Looking for work post-uni can be daunting. The World of Work is so big, sometimes you'll feel as if your head might explode.
Luckily, we won't let you set off on the job hunt without some pearls of wisdom to keep you company. So here are some little things you can do to make the search just a touch easier.
1 Get advice from parents and friends
If you're a newbie looking for a job, chances are your friends and family already know a thing or two about the field. Use their knowledge/contacts/free rent to your advantage.
You can also use online collaborative tools to get help from others on your CV so it's the best it can be.
2 Go for a walk
Searching for a job sure can be a handful. Don't forget to take breaks to clear your mind and keep your spirits up.
3 Create email alerts for job sites or companies
Going through all those individual websites looking for that perfect job can be a very tiring process.
By setting up email alerts, you can be sure you won't miss a thing.
4 LinkedIn-stalk people you went to uni with
Not in a creepy way, of course.
Have a look where the people you studied with are now - maybe they'll be able to put a good word in for you or point you in the right direction when it comes to applying for jobs. Don't be sacred to say 'hi'. It's all about who you know.
5 Do a social media clean up
Have a look through your Facebook pictures, old tweets, and Instagram selfies - is there anything that could put your potential employer off?
Maybe it's time to untag yourself in all those drunken club snaps? Check out our guide to using social media to HELP you get a job.
6 Create an Excel spreadsheet
This might not sound very exciting, but trust us - it will make things WAAAAAY easier.
Keep track of when you've sent applications, to whom, and when was the closing date of the job ad. Link job-specific documents and CVs you've sent off. Colour-code it, if you need to. GO WILD.
Organisation is not a crime.
7 Watch some films
Treat yo' self! Entertainment is just as important as hard work when it comes to finding a job. The happier you are, the more the positive attitude will rub off in your applications and interviews.
Avoid binge-watching though. It's not productive and most definitely won't help you find a job. Set healthy limits.
8 Visualise where you want to be in 10 years' time
Although you need a job now, it's worth thinking where you want to be in the future.
Perhaps to get there you don't need to strictly follow your degree. Be flexible, and you'll be more able to see unusual opportunities.
Plus, y'know - you can gain transferable skills by working in a field slightly different from the one you've studied at uni.
9 Keep your CV in cloud storage
Having an up to date CV is obviously extremely important during a job hunt, everyone knows that. But having easy access to it wherever you are is vital when you're applying for sought-after jobs.
10 Treat every rejection letter as a learning experience
The sooner you'll learn how to handle failure, the further in life - and the job market - you'll get.
Be like Britney Spears, be stronger (than yesterday).
11 Make sure you're on good terms with your parents or housemates
There's nothing worse than a toxic atmosphere at home that adds to the doom and gloom of looking for a job.
Don't be a freeloader, and do help with some house chores as much as you can. Maybe cook a meal or two. It will help you relax a bit and it will make your relationship with the people you live with so much nicer.
No more passive-agressive notes, ok?
12 Keep learning
When you're between the jobs, try to using all that free time to spruce up your skills.
For example, the IDC found that being fluent in Microsoft Office is among the top three most important skills for tomorrow's best jobs. Sure, everyone can add two numbers together in Excel, but can you do some of the more advanced stuff?
Use your time off work efficiently.
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