So you’re finals are over, the celebrations have finished and all of a sudden you need a job and have no-idea where to start. This situation is all too common for university graduates, with a recent poll by the guardian showing the 69% of grads wishing they had spent more time with their university careers advisor.
This guide will help highlight the type of help offered by most university careers services as well as how to get the most out of them to help you in your search for IT graduate jobs.
Get started early:
The key thing that most university students don’t do is get involved with their careers service early on. It’s typically final year students who are found mincing around the careers zone at universities, when really 2nd or even 1st years would do well to be talking to advisors. Getting involved early can help you focus on your future and help you make informed decisions when faced with module choices etc. By contacting your careers service early you are also able to perfect your CV & covering letter and get exposed to what sort of opportunities are likely to be available to you when you graduate.
What your careers service is likely to offer:
CV & covering letter advice
Getting in touch with your careers service exposes you to a number of experts in recruitment who are able to offer advice not just on the correct format of a CV or covering letter and how to make it put you forward in the best light but also how to add to your CV. They are great at suggesting things you can do to fill gaps or demonstrate skills.
Internship & placement advice
University careers services tend to have relationships with employers who accept students for internships and placements. As a result by getting involved with the careers service you are more likely to find out about these opportunities and you will also be able to get advice on how to put yourself forward for the opportunities as the careers advisors will know how the company like to be approached and what skills/experience they are looking for.
Job hunting advice
The careers service at your university will have spoken to people on your course over many years and as a result can give you guidance as to what industries and what companies would be most interested in IT graduates with your specialism. They can give you advice on recruitment sites or agencies that work with IT graduates well and advertise lots of relevant IT graduate jobs as well as being able to steer you away from common pitfalls.
Good luck with your IT jobs hunt!
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