How you can use your part-time work and university experiences to secure a graduate job

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February 10, 2017 by kristamtam

A few months ago, I was approached by a wonderful company called GradTouch. They noticed my Twitter posts and asked me to write an article for them.

I have done so with great pleasure. Here is a taster of the article:

Candidates often have the tendency to dismiss skills and strengths they pick up from part-time roles, volunteering and personal interests. As someone who frequently deals with employers and these candidates, I am here to discourage you from falling into that pattern.

The graduate market is competitive and some applicants have the upper hand with years of experience in working or even running their own business. I speak to students all the time who say: “All I’ve got is a part time job” or “I don’t have any experience”. These conversations often conclude in the same way – Yes you do, you just do not recognise it as such.

When speaking to employers from different sectors and industries, a common theme that comes up is ‘The Right Candidate’. There are a lot of jobs for a lot of graduates who are all very capable, which means companies increasingly have the luxury of choosing the person that fits in best with their culture. But what students and recent graduates don’t realise is that ‘The Right Candidate’ isn’t necessarily the most experienced candidate. It’s more about personality and fit, as well as skills and willingness to learn.

With that in mind, here are three ways to maximise the experience and skills you already have:

1. Don’t underestimate your part-time or volunteering role.

2. People buy into people – make sure your personality shows.

3. Reflect on what you’ve learned at university.

For the full article please click here to go to the GradTouch site 

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