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How can I get a job after graduation?

6 Jan 2017

For recent graduates, it can be an uphill battle to find work in their chosen fields. We look at how that battle can be made just a little easier.

It can be a tough world for a graduate, competing for every job with dozens – if not hundreds – of people with more experience and better, developed skills.

Outside of the coveted world of graduate programmes, it can be a real struggle to find suitable work.

That struggle is best summed up by a meme that does the rounds on social media every few months. The meme features a straggling line of toddlers in hard hats and high-vis jackets. It is captioned: ‘When employers want you to have 10 years of experience before the age of 22’.

It’s simple truth. It can feel like you’re never going to be able to find the Goldilocks of jobs: something that will pay you enough to live, something that you’re going to enjoy doing and that doesn’t require you to have an unrealistic level of experience.

When faced with the near-impossible task of finding a job that ticks all those boxes, sometimes it’s better to find a new approach. Rather than scouring jobs boards for junior roles in your area, why not find a way to make your own role?

That can sound daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. In an infographic focused on recent grads’ job hunts, workforce solutions organisation Adecco offers some tips on how graduates can make themselves more appealing to employers, and how to create opportunities that otherwise may not exist.

From the staples – network, network, network – to CV guidance, this shows you how to make yourself an attractive candidate.

While some of the figures may be outdated (the data used is from 2014), the advice certainly is not. Dive in and discover how you can get yourself hired.

Graduate jobs infographic

Click for full infographic. Image: Adecco

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Kirsty Tobin
By Kirsty Tobin

Kirsty Tobin served as careers editor of Silicon Republic from 2015 up to August 2017. When she was younger, she had a dream where she started and won a fight with a T-Rex, so she’s pretty sure she kicked butt at this, too. Passions include eating all the cake, watching more TV than is healthy and sassy comebacks.

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