Wellington Careers and Employment, your wrap-around career service on-campus and online, work hard to connect you with employers and industry. In 2020 it has been more important than ever to keep our finger on the pulse to communicate changes in the graduate recruitment market and help prepare you for a changing economy.
We recently asked Graduate Recruiters to share their advice for current students entering the market, and they came back with some pearls of wisdom. We’d like to share some of the best advice with you:
Make sure you have a LinkedIn presence and build up your profile. Get recommendations, endorsements, share information, write what you are passionate about, show any project work, connect with industry professionals.
Good LinkedIn game has been one of the themes of 2020. As recruitment processes and events went digital we saw savvy students connect with recruiters on LinkedIn and use it as a platform to maintain relationships. Following the Grad Recruiters from your ‘dream’ organisations gives you a massive insight into what they’re looking for.
Demonstrate a learning aptitude. As a student or graduate you won’t know everything but your interest in what we do, capacity to communicate effectively and ability to apply yourself to learning is important.
You have developed a plethora of skills during your degree that make you employable. Critical thinking, research skills and an ability to challenge thoughts and ideas will all stand you in good stead. Find a way to communicate these skills to employers in your cover letter and application.
Take your time to find out what organisations and programmes are aligned to your values and aspirations and invest your time finding out about those organisations and spending more time on your applications for them – rather than the ‘spray and pray’ approach.
One carefully put together, engaging application is worth ten generic applications. Less can be more when looking for a job. Challenge yourself and do the research on which employers truly align with your passions and values. If you get this right- a happy work life awaits you.
Focus on your soft skills; communication, teamwork, leadership, ability to adapt and change, to be persistent.
Soft skills are hugely attractive to employers, acting as the core of a well-rounded professional. As the COVID-19 crisis unfolded we heard employers highlight the importance of resilience, adaptability and a growth mindset.
COVID is the next exponential shift of the century, so it’s a great time to get on board!
The 2020 graduating cohort are going to be recognised by employers for their strength, ability to work with ambiguity, creativity in a crisis and ability to advocate for themselves and peers. If nothing else, COVID has given us bags of material for those ‘tell us about a time when you….” interview questions!
Rhiannon Robinson is Graduate Employment Coordinator with Wellington Careers and Employment.