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Lose Hope Do Nothing

Preparation can be key. But if you spend too much time thinking about what you’re going to do, you’ll find that time has passed and you haven’t actually done anything.

Colin Rowe, a freelance journalist from London, stated: “It might seem obvious, but be pro-active. Sitting in front of a computer and sending off job applications on recruitment sites is not always the best way of landing a job.”

“Using social media tools allows you to promote your skills more directly to employers who will admire you for trying alternative routes to employment. LinkedIn is the obvious choice, but also look out for opportunities advertised on Twitter,” he added.

Forget About University

A few months down the line, University life may seem like a distant memory. But you can still use some of resources that were available to you as a student. University Careers Centres or ‘CV Clinics’ can be a great help to graduates who need career advice.

I found my current job on my University’s ‘JobZone’ website. When I posted on Facebook that I had an interview, I got a message almost immediately from the Careers Centre offering advice and guidance.

If you had a tutor or lecturer who really supported you during your time at University, they may still be willing to help you out too. Try emailing them for advice.

After months of family and friends asking “how’s the job search going?” it can be hard to stay optimistic. If one approach isn’t working, try another. “There are far more options than the obvious direct path,” explained Mr Rowe.

Phil Ridley, a Staffordshire University graduate from Northampton, said: “It took me three placements and a move of 150 miles up to Manchester to find the right graduate job. In the meantime I sent off 143 applications for everything going.”

Wait Around for Your Dream Job

Your dream job may be the reason you went to University in the first place. But the likelihood that it will be your first job after graduation is very slim.

Tanya Perks, a Birmingham City University graduate currently working as a merchandising associate in London, recommended that graduates apply for a variety of jobs.

She said: “Focusing on only one dream company that you idolise will limit your chances of gaining employment, when in the long run you could work for them after gaining experience from other companies.”

Every job, work placement or internship is a step in the right direction. Even if it isn’t directly related to your chosen career path you will gain invaluable skills and knowledge.

Jana Bakunina, chief mixologist at LifeTonic. believes that graduates should “dip their toes in many waters before finding their true calling, because they have the energy, the enthusiasm and the sense of adventure which they can use to enliven and enrich many organisations out there.”

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