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Graduate Jobs: How to master the search

Published: Friday 21st August 2015

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According to new figures from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), almost 60% of UK graduates are currently in jobs deemed to be non-graduate roles. 

Now that you have finished your University exams and have returned from your well-earned holiday, how can you go about finding a graduate role for your first job in such a competitive job market? 

Ask for feedback on your CV

Many applicants miss out on their chances to be interviewed for a job they might be the perfect candidate for, because they have made silly mistakes on their CV. This is avoidable! Don’t rush your CV. It is important to make sure you have listed all of your skills and attributes in the right place and have adapted your profile to the specific role for which you are applying. When you have completed writing your CV, give it to someone with a keen eye for detail to proofread it for spelling mistakes. You could even get independent advice on how to improve your CV through agencies or the internet.


Many graduate roles go unadvertised. The only way of finding out about these roles, and making it known that you are available, is through networking. You can meet new people at official events, but you should also make the most of your existing relationships. Even when contacts are unable to link you to a job, they might be able to give you professional advice or connect you with other people. Online networking on LinkedIn or Twitter can be very effective too. 


Another great way of networking is by completing work experience or temporary roles. This way you get to introduce yourself but also show off your skills. This is a very effective approach to getting to your foot in the door at a company you’d like to work for and at the same time it provides you with an opportunity to make sure this really is the right industry for you. 

Be ‘out there’

Although this might seem obvious, being visible on job boards, social media and professional networking sites will help you reach a much larger pool of employers. Using the right language and keywords in your profiles will ensure you end up in many more search results. 


If you have found a company that you think would be the right fit for you, you could try sending out a speculative application. Because many graduate jobs go unadvertised, many go ‘on spec’. If you send out these types of application, make sure that you have researched the company well and follow up with a phone call a few weeks later. 

Check out all the graduate roles on Zoek:

Graduate Jobs

Graduate Jobs in London

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