Go-To Guide for Graduate Job Applications

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Graduate job applications can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be - just logical with a bit of personality. This is our go-to guide to writing your graduate jobs application.



Job specification

When applying for graduate jobs you will come across job specs. These will outline the details of the role, ideal candidate requirements and the company. You want to present yourself as a match to the skills, requirements and values an employer/recruiter is looking for. How? Tailor your application. Submitting the same CV for five roles in different industries may make you feel productive, but it’s often the opposite. It’s easy to spot a generic application, and nothing makes a recruiter discard your application quicker than something generic.

Top tip: tailor every application, focusing on your skills and why you are suited to the role. Be succinct.


Soft skills

Sell yourself with integrity. Don’t underestimate what you’ve learnt from jobs in retail or hospitality - whether that’s customer service or business administration or managerial. Think about how these skills are transferrable. Similarly, if you’re asked a question in an interview that you don’t know the answer to – focus on the knowledge and skills that you do have and how it is relevant. Demonstrate a willingness to learn and an employer will be impressed. You’re not expected to know everything, but have confidence, communication and charisma!

Top tip: be honest in your job applications, but don’t under (or over) sell yourself.


Things to avoid

Avoiding common mistakes in your CV/cover letter/application form automatically puts you ahead of those who fail to check. Key things to avoid include: spelling and grammatical errors, poor language, negative information, insufficient evidence or irrelevant information. Your job application is your first impression, make it count.

Top tip: make your application stand out for the right reasons.


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