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Graduates: How to Boost Your Relevance in the Job Hunt

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Graduates: How to Boost Your Relevance in the Job Hunt

Recent graduates will be turning their heads to job hunting in earnest after the summer break. It can be exciting and daunting. Each year, you hear stats of graduates’ struggles in finding working. Stories like “a third of grads took cleaning jobs”, “over 15k remain unemployed for 6+ months” and so on. The experience gap is often a barrier in the graduate job hunt. What can you do to overcome it and to show the relevance of your experience?

Having graduated in 2009, in the aftermath of the recession, I was fortunate enough to experience “the struggles of the graduate job hunt” first hand. No one was hiring graduates at that time. Even in 2014, seven years after the recession, the Guardian was still reporting on the impact on graduates.

While we may be clear of the recession, there’s still a lot of competition out there and landing your first job can be tough.

Of course, there are those who know exactly what career they want and have spent their lives building towards a single-minded goal. On the flip-side, there are many others who don’t know really what avenue to take after Uni and this poses a huge challenge.

It’s hard to apply and interview with conviction when you have only vague notions of the relevance of your experience or abilities in a professional space.

So, how can you overcome this?

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