How graduates can stand out from the crowd!

How graduates can stand out from the crowd!

With recent figures revealing that an average of 52 applicants apply for each graduate job, it is more crucial than ever that degree-holders set themselves apart from the competition.

At Kennedy Pearce we believe that each graduate has a unique set of skills that they can offer to the market. Here are just a few ways you can work to ensure that you will be noticed by employers the first time round.

Build up your experience

Internships are the perfect way to build up experience in the world of work. In some industries, work experience placements have long been established as a route into a permanent role, such as in the Media. Although you may only have your expenses met during this period, the skills you gain will be invaluable and give you a rare insight into the sector that you can take into your next role.

Market your skills

It is crucial that companies are aware of your presence and marketing yourself through social media sites is a sure-fire way of getting on the radar of multiple employers. Setting up professional profiles on Twitter and LinkedIn will also help to increase your visibility and give you the opportunity to contact any businesses you are interested in directly.

Add a dose of creativity to your job hunt

University leavers can find graduate roles in a number of ways such as advertised trainee schemes, via graduate job fairs and through recruitment agencies/websites. In order to ensure that you have the best chance of securing your perfect role it pays to step outside of the box. You could try handing your CV on spec to companies (even if there aren’t necessarily jobs advertised) sending an email out to friends and family to see if they know of any available opportunities or expanding your search area to include other countries.

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