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Want to Stand Out? Here’s What Employers Really Want from Graduates

21 Jul 2018
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Are you close to graduating, about to go into third year, or just really want to secure a job after university? Then follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to beginning your career before you’ve even completed your last exam!

 

Like for Like?

Whether you’re a tweeter, an instagrammer, or even a snapper, you’ll have to tidy up your social media profiles. It’s not a surprise that social media has become such a phenomenon in the professional world – after all, we are living in the digital age.

Do you ever find yourself scrolling through Facebook and Instagram profiles for a cheeky social-media stalk? (We do too, it’s okay.) Well, employers are doing the exact same thing to you.

Social media tells employers a lot about prospective employees: their interests, their personality, their style, and even – if they’re not careful – their political views. There’s one absolute MUST that you should be doing whilst in university to help your future career options. Make sure your social media profiles are presentable with these quick fixes:

 

Facebook and Instagram

If you’re the type of Fresher who has embarrassing first-year photos (you know which ones we’re talking about), then either delete them or make sure your privacy settings are unbreachable. That means that your pictures should only be visible to friends.

 

Twitter

Watch what you tweet! Twitter is the perfect platform for future employers to gauge what type of person you are. Are you solely obsessed with reality TV? Do you use an abundance of hashtags? Have you not tweeted since last year?

Twitter can be a great space to talk about industry trends and topics that are relevant to the career you’d like to go into. Following leaders in your field and taking part in discussions, will set you apart from your peers and demonstrate to prospective employees that you’re keen and in the know.

 

LinkedIn

This is the place to build a professional network and engage with people who have experience in your industry. Make sure your profile is up to date and you have a professional-looking profile picture. LinkedIn is the first place that employers will look to get a feel for your work experience and drive.

It’s not just direct industry links you can make here; you can also connect with recruiters. Establishing positive relationships with recruiters while you’re still studying will put you at the front of the queue when everyone starts reaching out to them after graduation.

 

Experience DOES Matter

Nowadays it’s not enough to just have a degree. The professional world has become more and more competitive with the number of graduates continuing to increase. How can you set yourself apart? Get yourself some hands-on work experience.

It may sound a little daunting, but your university will be able to help you find a suitable placement. Many universities have internships and work experience agreements already in place for their students to take advantage of. To help set yourself apart from other soon-to-be graduates, you can gain experience by securing a part-time internship. Not only will it provide you with a great insight into working life and help you decide where you want your career to go, but it will also provide you with industry connections from your work placements.

Remember, if you impress on your placement they may in fact offer you a full-time job after graduation.

 

Go It Alone

If you’re finding it hard to nail down some work experience with a business in your industry, then there’s nothing stopping you from doing a bit of freelance work. With today’s heavy shift to digital, it’s easier than ever to get yourself some freelance work. Whether you’re looking for graphic design, IT work, writing, or even architecture experience, sites like Upwork and Fiverr are jam-packed with freelance, temporary, and project-based jobs.

Don’t forget to keep track of all the freelance work you get your hands on and begin to build up a portfolio of everything you’ve worked on – your future employers will love to see that you’re organised and driven, but may also be swayed by examples of your work.

 

Be a Go Getter

The best thing to do is to take advantage of every moment, every lecture and every networking event, and use them to develop your career. There are plenty of opportunities out there to help you get ahead before you even begin your job search.

Remember, study hard and learn harder. If you need anymore advice on all things university then take a look at more career advice on our blog and follow us on Facebook for the latest Fusion news and lifestyle.