Our Consultant Vania gives us some helpful guidance for junior candidates. Vania specialises in junior and mid-level searches.
We’ve all been there. As final university deadlines loom, the worry of what happens next begins to sink in.
Looking at endless job descriptions, thinking ‘I could do this’, and then applying without much thought. Thinking, ‘There are so many things going and I really should be doing something in the next month or so’.
It’s like a sort of FOMO that tends to become more and more acute the closer you get to that dissertation deadline. Again, we’ve all been there and most people at that stage don’t have a clear plan on what they’d like to do next – and it’s possibly a great idea to keep your options open at that point in your career anyway.
Should you conjure up a strategic plan? Possibly, but time is of the essence and applications are incredibly time consuming, getting more and more complex by the day (especially in the public sector).
Using agencies is a good idea to cut down on time devoted to cover letters or filling multiple page forms that many places use now. Of course most agencies don’t really have many entry level roles in the first place (except those specialised in temporary recruitment) so it’s still worth mixing and matching independent and agency applications.
Well, we could open a chapter on this, but the major faux pas you can commit are:
If using an agency, when possible they will meet with you so as you can discuss your previous experience, to understand your goals and offer further guidance.
Having a clear CV is very helpful and here at D.R.A.W we have some guidelines that we can send you if you are getting baffled by everyone’s CV advice. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to receive our ‘8 Step guide to getting your dream job’, this includes a section on CV advice.
We all know finding a job is a job in itself and it can be frustrating at times, but following some common sense practices and instincts, combined with some research does always pay out in the end.
Happy job hunting!