Job hunting for graduates: fact or fiction | Pertemps

 

After years of commitment you’ve finally graduated and now it’s time to enter the world of work. There’s a lot of misleading information out there and it’s hard to determine what’s fact or fiction, so we’ve done the hard work for you:

Fact – Sales roles are easily accessible

Sales roles are fast-paced and diverse and with the opportunity for bonuses, the salary can be exceptional. Sales companies often seek enthusiastic individuals who are ready to get stuck in, which is a good opportunity for graduates who are looking to hit the ground running.

Fiction – You must secure a salary immediately

Instead spend time crafting your CV, tailoring your cover letter and thoroughly researching the industry you want to work in. Dedicate some time to crafting a detailed LinkedIn profile and connecting with experts in your chosen field as companies often advertise jobs on LinkedIn.

Fact – Job hunting is your first job

Attack your job search as if it were a full-time profession – wake up early and create daily targets with the intention of sticking to them. Be sure to manage your time between researching, applying for roles and taking breaks to avoid burnout. This will enforce the realities of work so that you’re ready for the routine when you find that first role.

man at his desk on the phone, job hunting

Fiction – Hiring managers always call back

Despite hiring managers doing their best to contact candidates who have emailed their CV (which can be hundreds), the recruitment process can take some time. Instead of waiting on phone calls, reach out to companies and chase leads if you’ve not been contacted after seven days.

Fact – It’s in a recruiter’s best interests to find the best candidate

A recruitment agency relies on quality candidates to keep their clients happy and so they won’t place you in roles that are not suited to your skills and interests. Working with a recruiter is like having an extra pair of hands to help you in your job search and they will also get your ready for interviews to ensure you put your best foot forward.

Employee being interviewed by hiring managers

Fiction – Experience is the only thing that counts

Don’t be disheartened by jobs that require a minimum of three years’ experience. Call the company for verification of what this experience involves as your degree might tick more boxes than you think. We recommend that you thoroughly research your industry in case there are alternative paths you can take such as apprenticeships and work experience.

Unclear about the job-hunting process? Visit our career advice page.