There is a lot to look forward to this weekend: a holiday weekend, no doubt an amusing drunken family gathering of some sort and a day dedicated to eating chocolate. The break is also a good breather in the uni semester to start preparing yourself for a grad job, or a great opportunity to take some time off of other commitments to consider new work opportunities.
We want to make sure you make the most of your weekend and turn some aimless job board browsing into a successful campaign leading you to an excellent opportunity (yes, we get excited about jobs).
So here it is, look no further! This is the best way to tackle the coming break ahead of you to ensure you line yourself up with a new job.
Take the time to reflect on what you want
This is the essential starting point of any point where you’re looking to start something or make a change in your career. Take 30 minutes to frame where you are, what you’ve done previously, and what you want to achieve. You can do this alone, or pin down a parent or friend, make them a cup of tea, and get them to listen to you go through your thoughts. If you’re going to have a conversation with someone, take the time after to note down what you spoke about.
Laying it all out, whether on paper or out loud, allows you to reflect on your achievements, and where you may need to improve, and what you need to do to get what you want. Even if you don’t know EXACTLY what you want to do in the long run, work out what you do want. For example, that you want some experience in a certain field for the next year. The parameters can be as broad as that. Having some resolutions and the right headspace will cut the time you spend searching for internships or placements in half.
Brush up on your CV or Portfolio
Whether you applying independently or using our platform, making sure that the way you present yourself professionally is up to date is always important. Your CV or profile should be easy to read, succinct, foregrounding the best of your qualities and relevant experience.
Do a bit of housekeeping and make sure that all your most recent achievements are on there, and don’t forget to give it a bit of colour with any volunteer work or awards that promote your character. If it comes down to you and another applicant, your extracurricular activities could give you an edge.
Plan out your days
A little scheduling never hurt anyone, and over the Easter break where you can either have a jam-packed weekend or an intentionally open schedule, setting some goals in terms of job hunting is key. Maybe aim to get your goals and game-plan organised by the first day, your CV or profile updated by the second, a few applications out over the rest of the weekend, and some follow up emails a week later. A hot tip is to mark down the dates you apply for certain jobs
Network your easter lunch
Now I’m not saying that you should attempt to work the room with your extended family. But one of the great things about get togethers is that you have a room full of people with a few decades of work behind them that may be able to at least give you some pointers. Some of the best career advice is not field specific, but mutually relevant to all work.
Ask your relatives about their approaches to job hunting. Find out how newcomers gain experience in their respective fields. If you’re fortunate enough to have a family member doing what you want to end up doing, talk to them! You never know, they might be able to put you in touch with someone they work with or an old college who could help you out.
Balance is key
Like we said in our Job Seekers To-Do list, applying for a new role can be just as tiring as working full-time. Be sure that you match all your time behind a screen with time spent outdoors. Exercise, get fresh air, be social – don’t cave yourself into your room adamant that the more time you spend on your computer, the more likely you are to get employed.
Fresh, well-rested eyes, a relaxed mind and a healthy diet will, believe it or not, make for a better voice writing those cover letters and answering preliminary calls. There’s a lot of psychological pressure that can weigh down on you when you’re job hunting, so make sure you get some perspective. Here’s a great list by Idealist Careers on keeping balanced during the hunt.
Do your research on the industry
Especially when you’re are about to focus on applications over a short period of time, knowing whats going on with your employers is very important. By this point in the year, most larger employers have taken applicants for graduate schemes that will begin in the autumn (although not all of them!). However March tends to be a busy period for hiring for many companies (check out our live jobs here if you don’t believe us). If a company you like isn’t hiring right now, set yourself up for the long game and find a way to set up job alerts. A lot of platforms will do this for you, or if you go directly to the company, they may have their own alerts in the careers part of their site. There’s nothing worse than going to apply with a company only to find out they just hired.
Take advantage of tech
We don’t mean to toot our own horn too much, but the way you look for jobs has changed a lot in recent years. Don’t make the process harder for yourself then it needs to be. If you’re not using job boards and don’t have a cover letter template, you are wasting valuable time doing unnecessary leg work. Our platform – if you don’t already use it – allows you to quickly create a profile and immediately make you available to hundreds of well-known companies. We also cut out the whole cover-letter-writing-resume-tailoring-job-hunting hoo-ha altogether! Our site uses complex algorithms to match you with the best suited roles according to a range of factors. Take advantage of the free tech out there that is built entirely to help make this process easier.