Here at The Candidate, many of our clients are increasingly
seeking out fresh talent from new graduates. With the graduate job
market so competitive today, it's vital you do all you can to help
yourself stand out from the crowd. With this in mind, this week's
blog will look at what you can do to boost your career prospects
during your time at university and how The Candidate can help you
to find your first job after graduating.
What do employers look for in new
References from academics: Remember, your future employer will
need to gain references from academics who you worked with during
your time at university, particularly if you have not yet had any
industry experience. They will look at the modules you studied, the
breakdown of your grades, your attendance and whether your
performance was consistent.
Work ready candidates: As discussed in last
month's graduate blog post, work experience and placements
during your time at university can be greatly beneficial in
enhancing your opportunities after graduation. If you have the
chance to take a sandwich year, look into the benefits and consider
how the experience could help you to gain a job after graduation.
If a sandwich year isn't an option on your course, try to arrange
volunteer work or placements in your area of interest between study
days or out of term time.
Get Networking: Make sure you take up any
opportunities to network with people in your field of interest.
Look out for conferences and events that invite students to meet
with local companies or other potential future employers. You can
even network from home, online, using social media such as Twitter
and Linkedin. In addition, career workshops organised by your
university are a great chance to network with potential employers
as well as get help with your CV. The Candidate has taken part in a
number of successful CV Workshops at local universities, which have
helped students just like you.
Show interest in the industry: employers will
look for an interest and background knowledge of the industry.
Ensure that you keep up to date with industry news, and follow
companies you admire on social media platforms. Take any
opportunities you are given to gain skills and knowledge in your
subject area. For example, your university may offer your free
courses and training with companies such as E-consultancy and
alike. Any extra training on top of your university studies shows
initiative, motivation and a desire to learn.
A Global perspective: Studying abroad can be a
great CV booster. If you do not have the chance to take a sandwich
year on your course or decide against it, studying abroad for an
academic semester or even a full year could enhance your chances of
getting a job after graduation. Presenting employers with your
multi-cultural learning and experience is a bonus on any CV, and at
the very least it often allows for interesting conversation during
interviews, which will make you a memorable candidate.
How can The Candidate can help you find your first
Looking for your first job after university can be a daunting
notion but The Candidate could be your lifeline throughout the
whole process. Unlike some other digital recruitment agencies, we
speak to you on a one-to-one basis to get to know you as a person
and to identify your unique skillset to see what role will be best
Our specialism in the digital sector puts our candidates at an
advantage against those of other recruitment agencies as we have a
greater insight and understanding of this unique marketplace. We
know exactly what our clients are looking for in a candidate so we
can match you to the most suitable company and help you prepare for
the best outcome.
Our team will be there to support you every step of the way, and
are a point of call for any questions you may have throughout the
recruitment process as well as helping to boost your confidence
Attend Manchester Digital Talent Day
Wednesday 20th February, Manchester Town Hall, 11:00am
- Networking Opportunity
- Organise work experience/placements
- Talk to some of the most respected names in the digital
Click here for more
information on this event and to book your place.
If you're a new graduate, looking to find your first job in the
industry, please don't hesitate to contact any of The Candidate
recruitment team on email@example.com or call