It may feel overwhelming when you’re applying for entry-level positions that paradoxically demand you have several years of experience in the industry. There are ways to get around this, however, and making a plan can be one way of ensuring you aren’t wasting too much time hanging around for an opportunity to magically appear.
Here are a few things you need to include in your own job-search strategy:
1. Ensure you’re standing out from other applicants
It can be easy to get lost in a sea of black and white resumes, and setting yourself apart can be difficult. Video resumes are a great way to counter just this – on some websites (like LEAP!), you have the chance to supplement your regular CV with a video of yourself, and it’s the perfect way to demonstrate your professionalism and showcase what a good fit you may be for an organisation.
Since recruiters don’t have a lot of time on their hands, an increasing amount are switching to shortlisting applicants through their video resumes.
2. Apply for internships within industries that interest you
When you’re considering a career in more than one industry, or you’re simply having trouble entering a certain field, internships can be a great way for you to test waters and build a network of contacts that ultimately lead to you landing a position. Many large organisations have internship programs that are also paid, so make sure you’re looking widely – an internship doesn’t necessarily mean having to settle for no compensation!
3. Ensure you have a personal brand strategy
If you’re applying for a position within a more creative field, it can be well worth investing some time considering how you’re coming across online to the world. Ensure everything that is visible online are things you’d want your prospective employers to see, and be deliberate when it comes to platforms like Twitter and Instagram to give a sense of your wider interests as well as your personal engagement with your field.
4. Do your research, and recruit help
A big part of creating a fool-proof strategy when it comes to the graduate job search is ensuring that you’re tapping into all your resources research-wise. If your university has a careers service, take advantage of it – attend recruiting and employment fairs and talk to companies you’re interested in to get a better sense of what’s out there and what you want to be applying to.