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5 tips to find your first job after graduation

May 14, 2024

The EUC Career Center is happy to follow-up on its effort to equipp students and alumni with the necessary tools to excel in their professional pursuits. Through our collaboration with Jobseeker.com we bring you invaluable insights and practical advice on kickstarting your career journey. In this article, we’re thrilled to present “5 Tips to Find […]

The EUC Career Center is happy to follow-up on its effort to equipp students and alumni with the necessary tools to excel in their professional pursuits. Through our collaboration with Jobseeker.com we bring you invaluable insights and practical advice on kickstarting your career journey. In this article, we’re thrilled to present “5 Tips to Find Your First Job After Graduation,” a comprehensive guide tailored to help recent graduates navigate the job market with confidence and success. Whether you’re embarking on your first job search or seeking to refine your approach, these expert tips, combined with Jobseeker’s powerful tools and solutions, will empower you to seize exciting opportunities and take the first steps towards building a fulfilling career.

5 Tips to secure Your First Job after Graduation

Your graduation is approaching and you are preparing for the next chapter of your life: to enter the job market and take the first step in building your career.

This likely brings about feelings of anxiety, as is common with many new beginnings and life changes. However, there’s no need to worry. We’re here to offer guidance and support every step of the way, helping you develop a strategy that will accelerate your job search process!

Step 1: Think about what you want and do your research

Your degree is the key that will unlock career opportunities. But which path do you want to follow? What kind of business do you want to work in? Where is the greatest demand and what qualifications open doors in your field?

Being at the beginning of your career, you may not yet have decided where you want it to take you. However, by setting goals with direction from the start you will be able to focus your efforts on achieving them – even if they change along the way.

Gaining insight into the job market will help you in this process. The EUC Career Center is a good place to start. Its Career Advisors will guide you with personalized advice, while through the CSM employment platform, you will receive information on jobs and internships.

Of course, it’s also worth researching job opportunities through other online job search engines, such as LinkedIn. By gathering information about available prospects, you will be able to set realistic goals and make informed decisions.

Step 2: Create a strong resume

Wondering if you can build a strong resume without work experience? The answer is yes! A strong resume will make you stand out among the candidates competing for the same position. To achieve this:

Keep it short

Do not exceed two pages – one may be sufficient. What matters is the quality of the information, not the quantity. Make clear the elements that make you suitable for the position of your dreams.

Follow proper structure

  1. Start with your personal information (name, contact information and optionally your LinkedIn).
  2. Write a short summary, only 50-70 words with your strongest characteristics and your professional goals.
  3. Continue with your education, your degree, your educational institution and the duration of your studies. Include your courses, workshops and academic achievements that document desired knowledge and skills.
  4. If you’ve done an internship, share evidence from your experience that shows you’ve lived up to your responsibilities and gained useful skills.
  5. Include a list of your most important hard skills, one of your strongest soft skills and another of the foreign languages ​​you know (separate sections).
  6. If you want, enrich your CV with any volunteering you have done, hobbies related to developing valuable skills and, finally, recommendations.

Pay attention to appearance

Use an easy-to-read font, make sure the individual sections stand out from each other, keep consistent formatting throughout the resume, and check for spelling or punctuation errors.

You can use this resume builder CVwizard, which will help you create your CV easily and quickly, guiding you step by step, taking care of formatting and offering you modern CV templates that will impress employers.

Step 3: Apply for a job

Having chosen the type of jobs you want to apply for and having a well-made CV in hand, start applying.

In most cases, applications are made via email, while in some cases you are asked to fill in an online form of the company. Unless otherwise instructed, please send your resume in PDF format to ensure a professional appearance.

To strengthen your application, write a cover letter supporting your candidacy and send it with your CV.

Advice from CVwizard’s career experts:

Don’t send the same resume everywhere. Study the job advertisement and see what the required qualifications are. Customize your CV, highlighting the knowledge and skills they are looking for, to show that you are a good candidate for the position.

Step 4: Network – online and in person

Networking can open you up to new job opportunities, as it gives you the chance to learn about jobs that aren’t widely known and get noticed by people in the market.

Attend seminars and conferences in your industry and visit career fairs to meet established professionals and business representatives.

Edit your LinkedIn profile, follow business pages that interest you and develop your professional network on the platform. Make your presence visible by interacting with professionals and company executives and publishing content that boosts your profile.

Step 5: Prepare for the interviews

Before any interview, do as much research as you can about the company, its culture, and its goals. Think about what makes you a suitable addition to the company and what you have to offer. Also, prepare your answers to common interview questions that you can find online.

The EUC Career Center offers mock interviews to practice and get useful feedback to help you improve. However, as important as the practical preparation for the interview is, it’s just as important to prepare for the reality of rejection.

In case you are not selected for the position, don’t take it personally. Rejection is in the game for everyone, newbies and seasoned pros alike. The point is to manage it constructively, identifying any weaknesses, investing in the development of your skills or acquiring new ones and continuing to vigorously and confidently claim the opportunity you deserve!

Andri Stylianou
Career Advisor, European University Cyprus