The festive season is a great time for networking and job searching and as a graduate; you really must take advantage of all the networking opportunities that come your way. The job market is tough at the moment, and graduates are falling victim to the tired old ‘not enough experience’ knock back time and time again. It is therefore even more important that graduates use the festive season to their advantage. What better way to network and get your name out there after all than when you are socializing during the festivities! Tell your friends that you want to be their +1 for their office Christmas parties and make sure you go to all events and socials that may also attract people from your industry of interest. One conversation could literally lead to an offer for a job interview!
Here are some useful tips on how to use the festive period to excel your graduate career…
- Your Twitter account will come in very handy this time of year. Make sure that you follow companies who you know are hiring, and all companies you would love to work for; this will help you to keep you in the loop!
- You should change your personal bio to something that reflects your skills and career motivations. Be sure to use industry specific/job specific keywords.
- Tweet your skills and expertise to all your followers in the hope that they will offer you an interview, or retweet your post to their followers, thus giving you maximum exposure as a graduate job seeker.
Turn to LinkedIn
- The festive season makes everyone more sociable; this means social networking sites will be more active. If you don’t already have a LinkedIn account, now is the time to sign up!
- Once you get an account, you should import your resume and connect with as many industry professionals as possible.
- Follow companies you are interested in working for and change your status so interested recruiters can read your employment status, skills and career motivations.
Industry events and parties
- Be sociable! Go to as many parties and social events as you can, but go with the intention of promoting yourself rather than getting drunk and having a dance.
- Join professional groups and attend social gatherings and industry events to meet like-minded professionals and people who could potentially help you land your first graduate job.
- Have your contact details, name and area of expertise printed clearly on business or ‘contact’ cards so you are ready to give out your information. Handing out a business card will also help those you meet to remember you a few weeks later.
I know it’s not easy; been there, got the t-shirt. But it really is true what they say: the more effort you put in, the more you will get out of life. If you sit on your bum crawling job boards, you have as much chance of landing a job as the other 10,000 odd graduates doing the exact same thing. You need to be pro-active, stand out, show face at parties and events, and always be ready to sell your abilities to someone – you never know, you could be selling your skills to your future employer!