Just graduated? Don't let your CV take a holiday

04/08/2017

Did you graduate this year? If you haven’t landed that all important first job, don’t leave it until everyone else is back from their holidays – do some research and apply now to get ahead of the game.

 

During the summer most people take a holiday for a week or two – or maybe even longer if they’ve got the time and money, so there will potentially be fewer applicants for the roles that are being advertised and you can make the most of the opportunity.

 

Sharpen your CV and focus your search for the right role – take some time to think about what kind of job you really want, make a list of your strengths and identify any weaknesses – be honest about it and then you can target the weaknesses one at a time to overcome them. Look at the tips on the mybrink website for how to choose your career, perfecting your CV and don’t forget to add your profile to our website.

 

Look out for any networking events – although the summer period is quieter, it does mean you can have in depth and longer conversations with the people who are present and you never know where your next role will come from. Talk to people and socialise – the more you get out and mingle, the more opportunities will come your way. The perfect job for you is out there but if you don’t get out and look for it, how will you find it?

 

Spend some time preparing your application letter and completing application forms – practice makes perfect and it’s good to have a few well-prepared statements for standard application forms. As well as your qualifications and experience, there’s usually space for some free text and bit more personal information along the lines of a personal statement – it’s your opportunity to tell them something about yourself that is unique – why should they call you for an interview above your competitors?

 

Companies slow down a little during the summer and there could well be more time to speak to potential employers and employees to find out more about any available roles – make the most of the lull and be proactive. If vacancies are advertised over the Summer, it usually indicates an urgent requirement, so you could be in the right place at the right time.

 

If you go away, make sure you’ve got a copy of your CV on your phone so you can send it off if you need to! You never know who you might meet on holiday, or what opportunities you may spot online, and it’s always good to be prepared!

 

Use the summer to be proactive, take stock, focus your search and make the first move. Good luck from the mybrink team!