Along with all its other devastating affects, the coronavirus pandemic has hit the economy hard. Australia’s unemployment rate has reached 7.4 per cent which is the highest it’s been since 1998.
Majority of businesses across Australia have been impacted whether it’s closures, redundancies or reduced hours. This makes getting a job after university just a little bit harder.
If you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed, you’re not alone. It’s important to stay optimistic during this uncertain time.
Below, some tips on how you can get a (good) job after university.
PERSONALISE YOUR COVER LETTER
There is only so much information you can put on a resume so, trust us, a cover letter goes a loooong way.
Make it as personalised as possible so the hiring company gets a good understanding of who you are and why you are the most suitable candidate for the position. Take time to research the company and find out what skills you need to possess to be a successful applicant. Some skills may mean very little to some companies but make a huge difference to others. Therefore, it’s important to personalise your cover letter to appeal to the company you are applying to. It can make your application stand out and separates it from your competitors.
Plus, it gives you an opportunity to show your personality and how you communicate.
HAVE GOOD SELECTION OF REFERENCES
It’s essential to have a few professional references on your resume. No, we are not talking about your friend’s uncle or mum’s best friend! Think of managers at your casual job or people who have overseen you at internships or work experience. They will be best people to recommend you for a position.
List each reference’s name, job title, company, phone number and email address. It’s also a good idea to let your references know ahead of time that you have chosen them. You want them to be prepared in case they get a phone call. You can even let them know what parts of your experience to emphasise and talk about, depending on the job you’re going for.
APPLY FOR POSITIONS EARLY
Don’t wait until you have graduated to look for jobs! Get in early and start applying in your final years of university. There might be a casual or part time position available that could transition into full time employment once you graduate. Chances are you won’t score the first job you apply for so it’s a good idea to get ahead of your class and apply early.
Remember to keep an open mind. For example, if you studied journalism and can’t find a reporter job, apply for a content writing position. It will give you experience and enhance your skills. You never know what opportunities may arise in the future because of that role.
NEVER GIVE UP
Rejection can hurt. You start to question everything from your resume to your personality. Just remember when one door closes, another one opens. There’s another opportunity right around the corner. It’s so important to not give up and keep applying for positions regardless if you think your fully qualified for it or not.
Even though you may not be the right candidate for the position you applied for, there could be another job more suitable at the same company.
As American writer Steve Maraboli said “Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.”