I have a degree, but I can’t find a job. What should I do?
It isn’t always simple to find a job in the field that you received your degree in. If you’re really struggling to find work the following are some simple things you can do to increase your chances of success.
Volunteer or do an internship
It’s more and more common that having a degree alone is not enough. Employers are looking for people with experience (even if it is diverse) and if you don’t currently have any on your resume a great way to quickly get some is by applying to do some volunteering or an internship. These opportunities alongside providing a great platform for building your skills and network, will show employers that you have a strong work ethic and have a range of skills relevant to the jobs you’re applying for. You might also have the chance to move from intern to employee if you pick the right organisation.
Get advice on your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn
So often it’s easy to shrug off the state of your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn as ‘good enough’. When it comes to applying for jobs, ‘good enough’ probably isn’t enough. Take some time and we recommend getting advice from someone who has a lot of experience or even a careers professional, and get them to support you in making your job application material as good as they can be. Don’t be the person who gets knocked out of the first round of the job because you didn’t spell something correctly or your LinkedIn doesn’t correspond correctly with your resume.
Look into broader industries
Are you looking for a popular job in a popular company? Applying for jobs where there are hundreds of candidates can at times make it almost impossible to land the job. If you don’t feel like you’re getting through the initial stages with the resume and cover letter (even after you’ve made them as good as they can be), perhaps it’s time to diversify your search? You can start looking for similar roles in less popular industries, or for less popular roles in popular industries just to get your foot in the door.
Get recommended by a current employee
This option is not always available, but if you can get an internal recommendation for a role your chances of success in at least moving to the job interview stage are hugely increased.
Ask family, mentors and friends for help
Don’t forget to tell people what you’re looking for. Spend time working on two sentences that accurately describes what you’re looking for and spend some time asking those you trust for advice and any possible recommendations. A large percentage of jobs are given to someone that the employer already knows, so how can you use your network to find your next role.
The job is just around the corner
These are some simple ideas to help to increase the flow of opportunities into your job search pipeline. The important thing is to cut yourself some slack. Searching for a job can be difficult and time consuming. Make sure your material is up-to-date and try to stay creative and positive. The next job is coming, it might just take a little time and persistence to find it.
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