Tips and Tricks to Get a Graduate Job in IT

January 14th, 2014

Guest blog 

The IT graduate job market is as competitive as ever. With more people coming away from their education with a degree in hand, there are only so many jobs available for them all to fill. If you are one of these recent graduates who is looking for a job, don’t let the rejection letters get you down. It is possible to get started in your career; you just need patience and perseverance to get you there.

Yes, there are some lucky people who waltz through life without needing to put in much effort, but most people like you and I must graft our way to the top. This takes time - and lots of it - but there are certain things you can do now to help yourself in the future. Make the effort to get a job that you want as it will be the basis of your career going forward. Try a few of these tips and tricks to get a foot in the door:

Get specific

It can be tempting to apply for each and every job in the field, but if you do this you may not be working towards your ultimate goals and aspirations. Once you are in a job it is easy to stay in a rut - some people find it hard to break the cycle to follow their dreams. If you know exactly what you want to be doing in the future, you should try and make a career plan now and then see what junior roles would be best suited to you. It should make you a lot less stressed when you know which route to go down.

Tailor your CV

Having things figured out can be of a great benefit to your CV as well. Many job applicants send very generic CVs that list their education and any experience, but this doesn’t help potential employers understand why the candidate would be right for their company. So if you do have a generic CV, see what you can adapt for each role you want to apply for. You might find that you can add a little bit more relevant information that could secure you an interview!

Try work experience

The work experience section of a CV can scare quite a lot of applicants who have just come out of university. Many companies want to see evidence of previous experience even for graduate positions, so try and get some. You might not be paid for the privilege, but you could work a few hours in a similar job for a few weeks. Look out for summer internships, or even voluntary positions that could demonstrate your skills. All of these things will make your CV much stronger.

Apply well

Once your CV is filled with lots of relevant examples, you will be able to apply for the jobs you are most interested in. Look on websites such as cwjobs.co.uk which has a range of IT jobs listed, and it is worthwhile looking in your local paper too. Remember to use your tailored CV, and try and write a personalised cover letter rather than copying and pasting. Follow up your applications after a couple of weeks and ask for feedback if you don’t manage to get an interview. Little changes could land you a big opportunity!

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