6 tips for finding a job as a recent graduate

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For many people, the corona crisis means only bad news in the area of work. Even if you have just graduated, it can be extremely difficult to find a nice job. But it is not as hopeless as you think. Today we are going to give you six tips to increase your chances of getting your dream job that matches your education.

Tip #1: Use the remaining time to invest in yourself

Expanding your CV is always a priority at this stage. Be aware of what employers want and make sure you get as close to it as possible. For example, would you like to work for an internationally operating agency, but do you know that your English leaves something to be desired? Then consider taking a business English course. If you do not yet know exactly what kind of company you would like to work for, you can develop yourself more broadly with skills that every company considers important. For example, almost all companies today would be happy if your computer skills went beyond the basics. Can you grow in this area? Then an ICT course might be something for you.

Tip #2: Dare to go for a plan B

Sometimes you can’t get a grip on that job you wanted so badly. At times like that, it’s not a bad thing to think about your plan B. You might want to consider a paid internship that is offered in the right area of work. Maybe not the most ideal or exactly what you want, but you stay in sight in the field and there is no gap in your CV. So you stay busy, but also do yourself a favour with a view to the future and how employers will look at you and your career.

Tip #3: Use your own history

Selling yourself to strangers will always be more difficult than getting in with old acquaintances. Check your old internship addresses and side jobs to see if there are any vacancies left. Because they already know you and (probably) have good experiences with you, you will always have an edge over other applicants.

Tip #4: Don’t get stuck on vacancies

Many companies choose to try and fill vacancies internally first. Only when this fails and no suitable candidate comes along via via, they will put work into placing an external vacancy. The fact that you don’t see anything of your dream company online on the vacancies page doesn’t mean that you don’t have a chance. Don’t be afraid to send open applications. Do good research into the company and show through your open application that you would be a good addition to the company for various positions.

Tip #5: Searching once in a while is just not good enough

If you are really looking for a job, it is not enough to check online for new vacancies every now and then. You really should invest some time in this. Not only to find out what the current offer is, but also to see what is realistic in these times. What are normal earning models? What type of employment is most commonly offered? Preparation is half the battle, but you will still have to dive in fully to get that job.

Tip #6: Don’t put too much pressure on yourself

The chances that you will not find the perfect job within a few weeks are quite high. If it doesn’t work out right away, don’t blame yourself. Sometimes the best things come a little late. Be patient, keep looking, believe in yourself.

You are young and the world is at your feet. Sometimes you just have to move your feet to find the right world.

We wish you every success in your search. Can we help you? Then we will be happy to do so! Feel free to contact us.

Written by I. Zuidema