4 tips for conquering the graduate job market this summer

It’s around this time of the year that the life of a final year student starts to become really quite stressful. Not only are you snowed under with essays, exams and the never-ending fountain of misery that is your dissertation, but the spectre of life after graduation starts to loom ever more ominously. It’s hard to avoid the feeling that you’re getting left behind, as others start to apply for graduate schemes and hunt out jobs for when they finish, all while you’re still struggling to get to grips with your workload. Here’s our guide to making sure the process is as stress-free as possible.

Don’t take your eye off the ball

It’s all very well applying for jobs while you’re finishing up your studies, but it’s important to ensure you don’t compromise your last few exams and assignments in the process. The difference between coming out with a 2:1 and a 2:2 is massive, and ending up on the wrong side of the line could have a serious effect on your job prospects. The most important thing to remember is to just focus on yourself. Don’t get too concerned by what other people are doing – just because your friends are applying for graduate jobs in April, it doesn’t mean you should be too.

Don’t know what you want to do? No need to fret

A lucky minority of people work out what they want to do very early in life and spend their time at school and university working single-mindedly towards it. It’s important to remember that these people are the exception rather than the rule. Most people don’t work out what they want to do until far later in life, and you won’t know what you enjoy or what you’re good at until you’ve tried it. So don’t get too het up about it – your first job won’t necessarily determine what career you choose, it’s just the first step on the ladder.

Get yourself out there!

Once you’ve graduated, and your well-earned period of relaxation is over, your attention should be solely focused on securing that first job. Send out CVs, visit recruitment agencies (our door is always open!), go to job fairs, and hone your social media and online presence. Recruiters are always looking for bright grads, so make sure they can find you – the more work you put in, the more you’ll get out.

Don’t take rejections too personally

Rejection is a natural part of the job application process, and the graduate job market is always competitive. The average graduate will apply for 12 positions before securing their first job, but the important thing is not to get too disheartened or read too much into it. Take your feedback, work on it and move onto the next one.

Graduating this summer? Come and have a chat with us at Kingsgate Recruitment. We’re one of the most prominent recruitment agencies in South West London and we get great graduate jobs in all the time. Give us a call on 020 8549 7212 or send a CV to jobs@kingsgaterecruitment.co.uk.