Struggling to Find an Entry Level Job?
Here’s 6 Things You Can Do in The Meantime

 

It’s the age-old conundrum and unfortunate reality that far too many graduates face: You need experience to get the job… but you need the job to get experience.

Being a graduate can be frustrating and stressful at times. You’ve just finished University, you’re trying to toss up whether to dive head first into your career, or take a mini sabbatical to explore new cultures and gain life experience (doing tequila shots off your best friend on a boat in Croatia counts, right?). You’re constantly being quizzed at family gatherings about what you’re going to do with your life now that you’ve graduated and the phrase “Welcome to the real world!” is one that you’re far too familiar with (often yelled across room by older relatives at family gatherings).

The reality is, it’s not always easy to land your first gig fresh out of Uni. If you’re struggling to land your first job, here’s a few things you can do in the meantime that will look great on your resume when you interview for a graduate position.

 

DO AN INTERNSHIP

Doing an internship is a great way to clock up experience while you’re hustling to find a full time job. We can’t guarantee that there will be much money involved, but experience pays in the long run and you never know, they might offer you a full time job afterwards! Make sure you make it clear to your supervisor from the beginning that your goal is to work full time, then make yourself an invaluable asset that will leave them begging to hire you! Check out our article 10 Tips On How to Go from Intern to Full Time Employee for more advice on how to get the most out of your internship.

 

WORK FOR FREE

We’re pretty sure the phrase ‘work for free’ doesn’t appeal to many people, but it’s a phrase that we young up- and- comers need to be open to. Approaching a company of your dreams and offering to do some free work for them is a great way to enhance your experience on your CV, as well as get your foot in the door. It could be anything from offering to run errands, to driving the boss to and from meetings. If you can show them that you’re willing to do the hard yards in order to work for them, they will be impressed. If anything, you’ll walk away with a glowing letter of recommendation and a new industry connection to add to your network.

 

GET YOUR BLOG ON

When you go for a job interview in the Communications industry, a lot of the time employers will ask for your portfolio, or examples of your work (sometimes it’s a compulsory requirement to apply). One of the most valuable things a future Communications professional can do while in limbo between Uni and a full time job, is to start blogging. The more content you create, the more examples you will have to show your future employers. Trust us, they will be impressed!

Feeling like a blog session? Head over to the Blogs page and showcase your writing talent to our network of Melbourne Communications agencies!

 

VOLUNTEER WITH A CHARITY

Why not use the time you have while job hunting to do some good? Volunteering for a charity or non-for profit organisation is not only a rewarding philanthropic experience, but it’s also great to have on your resume. Why not get in touch with a charity that’s doing amazing things and offer to do some volunteer work? It could be anything from offering to help with their social media, to assisting in setting up one of their events! You might discover a new passion for working in the non-for profit sector!

 

ATTEND A NETWORKING EVENT

There is no better way to meet like-minded people than to network! Attending networking events is a great way to meet new people, develop industry connections and start building your professional network. We know that rocking up to a room full of strangers isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but sometimes it pays to get out of your comfort zone! Your network is a powerful tool, so make the most of it, you never know who you might meet!

 

FIND A PART TIME JOB THAT WILL ENHANCE YOUR SKILL SET

Having a part time job can help give you a sense of financial security while you’re looking for a full time role. For most of us, we’ve spent our Uni years balancing our assignments with our part time jobs. When it comes to making the transition from part-time to full-time work, it helps when the skills you’ve learnt from your part time job are transferable to the full time gig you’re applying for. If you’re working part time at your local supermarket, take some time to think about what skills you can take from that job, to a job in the Communications industry. It could be relating the skill of coordinating produce deliveries at the supermarket, to that of coordinating a guest list at a high profile event, or transferring the skills you’ve picked up from wrangling the kids you babysit, to wrangling talent at a media call. Another great part time job is working at a Call Centre. If you have the skills to cold call hundreds of people every day and sell them a product, you most definitely have what it takes to pitch a story to journalists as a PR professional! Whatever your part time job is, ensure that you’re learning new skills that will enhance your CV and help you land that full time job!

And most importantly, DON’T STRESS!

The journey to finding a full time job can be daunting and stressful at times, but it’s important to remember that it’s a process we all have to go through, and you WILL land that job, all in good time. Try and make the most of it and enjoy and the process! If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed and you need to vent, get in touch with us here!

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