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Graduates – Kick start your career

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You’ve graduated from university or are in the final year of your studies, you’ve completed or will graduate with a higher level qualification such as a BA or BSc honours degree. Now you’re searching the web for opportunities to kick start your career, what next? whats available?

There are various routes available for graduates to find employment:

Internships

Internships are placements offered by employers looking for potential employees. These opportunities are for a fixed and limited time anywhere from 4-12 weeks, some can last longer. Internship placements can be paid  or unpaid depending on their employment status classification; volunteer or employee. Internships are available to both  graduates and students.

Some key benefits of Internships include but not limited to:

  • Hands on practical work experience
  • Build on the skills you gained at university
  • Increase your confidence
  • Network and make contacts in your chosen industry
  • Find out if this is the right employer or industry for you
  • Gain a work reference and boost your chances of gaining future employment.

You can search internships at :

Graduate jobs

Graduate jobs also advertised as “Graduate Training Schemes” are paid employment contracts within public and private organisations. Employers create these privileged positions which incorporate structured training programmes that allow graduates to fast-track their careers and reach their full potential. Graduate recruitment programmes enable companies to bring fresh ideas to the table whilst nurturing future talent.

Graduate jobs are designed to take enthusiastic graduates and train them with the key skills required to become important employees in the business. Graduates are given the chance and time to learn the different areas of the business, they are assigned mentors who support and guide them through the journey. Some areas of business which graduates may be expected to job shadow are marketing, HR, IT, management, research and accounts. Some companies also offer industry specific qualifications and postgraduate qualifications such as ACCA, CIMA, CISCO, MCP and much more. The duration of a graduate scheme is dependent on the chosen role.

Most graduate scheme opportunities take place just after graduation between September and January, but don’t worry, you can still find plenty of graduate jobs during the rest of the year.

Here are some sites where you can search graduate jobs:

Self employment

An alternative to working for someone is to start up your own business, become your own boss and an entrepreneur. If you are someone who is creative and driven, wanting to bring your ideas to life, then this may be the perfect solution. Self employment is empowering and allows you to follow and realise your dreams.

There are various sources of funding available from government-backed business schemes to crowdfunding on the internet. Funding can be secured in the form of grants, loans, investments. You can approach business mentors who will give you an honest opinion on whether your business idea is viable or not.

If you have a skill rather than a product to sell, it is worth looking into freelancing, the perfect starting point would be websites such as:

These sites can be the first step into self employment, they allow you to source jobs online and create a portfolio to showcase your abilities and  work.

Don’t be afraid of failing, running a business will teach you an incredible amount about yourself and you will pick up a whole range of new skills to take forward in your career.

Any other jobs

If all else fails then take on any job or volunteer. Being employed is far better than being unemployed. It’s better for your health, well-being and CV. Use any job a stepping stone to a better future.

Good luck with your career

The Perfect CV

Perfect CV

The Perfect CV – The Perfect Curriculum Vitae

The perfect CV is the CV that gets you the job. No matter what anyone says or how good you think your CV is, if employers aren’t responding, then the penny should drop, it’s time to create a new CV.

Targeted CV – First impressions count

You can have and should have more than one CV, a common misconception is that one size CV fits all, it doesn’t. Targeting your CV to the sector or job you are applying for will increase your chances of landing the position. Industry and job specific personal statements, key achievements and skills at the beginning of your CV are attention grabbing and more likely to impress the reader. The top half of the first page of your CV is the first thing the recruiter will read, make sure it contains relevant information. General copied and pasted statements from the internet aren’t the solution.

CV Ad – Market yourself

Your CV is your advertisement marketing you to potential employers as the perfect candidate to fill their vacancy. If the marketing is right then you will be hired. First Impressions count. An employer, on average will spend 30 seconds reading a CV, they should be able to browse through it and pick out the specific information they are looking for; how you meet the job spec and match the criteria they have set out. It should be an effortless read

CV parts or sections

A CV can have a number of sections which can be arranged and re-arranged in any order you like. It is important to remember that the layout should be logical and it should flow (easy to read). Each section should be distinguishable, this can done by enlarging the font size, underlining and bolding the section header text.
The CV section headings can be worded how you want, just make sure you keep them professional.

Here are some headings, you can add more, take some out, rearrange and reword them

  • Personal Profile
  • Objective
  • Key achievements
  • Skills
  • Work experience
  • Training
  • Education
  • Languages
  • Additional Information
  • Hobbies and Interests
  • References

Repeat or not to repeat, duplication of information

You may have worked at three different retail employers as a customer service agent doing the same job.

Do you write all three jobs separately listing the same duties under each job, copy and pasting the same information over and over again?

Or

Do you list all three jobs and then write the duties underneath just the once?

Our advice is to start by listing all three jobs and then write the duties underneath, no need to repeat or copy and paste the duties. If your layout is correct, the employer will understand that you have done the same duties with all three previous employers.

How long should a CV be?

Keeping in mind

  • Recruiters spend 30 seconds reading a CV
  • Don’t bore the employer with repeated information

One or two pages is enough, anything more is pushing it.

Types of CV

Here is a list of the most common types of CV

  • Chronological
  • Functional – also known as Skills CV
  • Student or Graduate
  • Creative or Visual
  • The Perfect CV – Any of the above or a combination of them – The one that gets you the job

Chronological CV

The Chronological CV is the most widely used and recognised CV. It highlights your career, work experience and education in date order. You start with your most current job role working backwards to your first qualification.

You can create a Chronological CV using Jobsball CV builder tool. It allows you to view, edit and download in MS word, PDF and HTML

You can also view a Chronological CV example and download editable templates here

Functional CV or Skills CV

Not as popular as the above but a Functional Skills CV can be extremely effective. It can be used if you have lots of gaps in your work history or a number of previous similar job roles. As a Skills CV the emphasis is on promoting your skills. The skills can be grouped together as sections and sub-sections.

You can create a Functional CV using Jobsball CV builder tool. It allows you to view, edit and download in MS word, PDF and HTML

You can view a Functional CV – Skills CV example and download editable templates here

Student CV or Graduate CV

Any of the above or a combination of both with and emphasis on promoting your education and skills gained during your studies.

You can use Jobsball CV builder tool. It allows you to view, edit and download in MS word, PDF and HTML

You can view CV information and download editable templates here

Creative CV or Visual CV

A graphically eye catching CV to show off your creative skills. Any basic CV can be turned into a visual CV by representing the data in an eye catching format. This is done by including backgrounds, images, graphs, charts and timelines.

Try out the Jobsball wordclould tool to create a visual representation of buzz words which describe your skills, experience and education. Not only can you download the image and add it to your CV, you can also share it on social media sites such as Pintrest, Twitter and Facebook.

Jobsball Top Tip for Cover Letter and CV

Use MS word or any other document software that can save your cover letter or cv in .doc or .docx format

Why Microsoft word?

It’s simple, MSword is the most widely used document creation software application across the world. Employers will always be able to open your MSword .doc or .docx cover letter or cv document. OpenOffice free software will open MSword created documents. If it can’t be opened, it can’t be read, if it can’t be read then you won’t hired. Increase your chances of a      successful application by using a Microsoft word compatible software application.

Conclusion

In a nutshell, the perfect CV is the one that gets you hired. It should be targeted, have a logical flowing layout and it can be a combination of any types of the classical CV. Its content is only as good as what you write in it.

Good luck with creating your CV