Graduate Job Search Strategies

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When looking for a graduate job, one of the greatest obstacles that you may face is finding a job that will let you use your new skills and abilities.

As a critical element of your job search, you should update your resume to include your achievements (please click here to visit our resume advice page).

Now that you need a job after studying full time, there are four main approaches that you should take, which are:

  1. Networking
  2. Graduate Career Placement Services
  3. Graduate specific resume distribution services
  4. Graduate Job Sites
These approaches are complementary and you should build all four of them into your overall graduate job search strategy.

1. Networking
Around 75% to 80% of jobs are never advertised, and although this is thankfully less true for a graduate job, many jobs are generally filled through word of mouth or internal appointments. If you are known to be interested in a particular job or organization and a suitable vacancy arises, you are likely to receive a call.

So how do you get yourself known or find a hidden job?

One way to make yourself known is to contact recruiters in organizations that interest you. Mention your studies and how you believe you can add value to the organization. Ask about any possible graduate job openings within the company that you may be suited for and remember to leave your contact details in case a vacancy arises in the future.

One word of warning with this approach: make sure that you know enough about the company to speak knowledgeably about it, otherwise you may damage any future chances you could have with that organization.

Another way to find hidden jobs is Indeed a comprehensive job portal, which is updated daily with new graduate jobs, as they become available.

2. Graduate Career Placement Services
When you selected your college, you will have received details of any career placement services available. Most colleges have active links with businesses and also run job fairs. These services are there for your benefit so use them to the full. Speak to your careers office and find out what help they can offer you in your job search.

3. Resume distribution services
One strategy to find a graduate job is to make your resume available to recruiters and employers that specialize in graduate recruitment, who then attempt to find a job that matches your requirements. highly recommend the resume distribution services offered by ResumeZapper who have years of experience in this area and are linked into an extensive network of recruiters and employers that advertise graduate jobs.

4. Graduate Job Sites
The commercialization of the Internet can make a job search easier if you know where to look. However, as with many things on the Internet, job sites have now proliferated to the extent that it can be difficult to find what you want.

Fortunately, whenever an organization seeks to fill a vacancy, they may be unlikely to identify the job as a specific graduate job, as they need to receive sufficient applications to make the advertising cost worthwhile. The downside of this for you is that many relevant jobs are likely to be buried in the hundreds of sites that now exist.

The good news is that a recent development in Internet recruitment has been the arrival of "aggregator" job sites, such as:

  • Indeed - Graduate Jobs Indeed provides free access to millions of jobs, including graduate jobs, from thousands of company websites and job boards.
  • CollegeGrad is one of the longest established graduate job sites on the Internet, having been in business since 1995. The site is used by graduate job hunters and the employers who want to hire them. They have tens of thousands of entry level and graduate jobs that you can search direct from their site.

Finally for graduate job sites, Monster has set up a specific section on its site called MonsterTRAK® which is targeted specifically at graduates and lets you search thousands of graduate and entry level jobs. You can also access an Employer Showcase and Salary Center within the featured resources section to help inform your job search. It is definitely worth looking at this site during any job search.

As you can see, there are many different ways to put your new skills and qualifications to work for you during your job search and you should use all of these methods as part of your overall strategy.