Job hunting is difficult and time consuming if you’re applying to multiple sectors. If you’re not sure what type of role or company to target, book an appointment with us. If you need to find out about opportunities in different sectors we recommend:
2. Knowledge from research
What are the routes into your sector and which route is the most appropriate for your skills and experience? Should you target large multinationals or smaller organisations? Do most companies in your sector advertise positions directly or do they tend to use Recruitment Consultants? What are the in-demand skills and do you have them? What are the issues/trends affecting your sector and how is this impacting on hiring? We can of course help you to answer these questions and doing this before you start applying for jobs can help you create a targeted job strategy.
You will need to apply for a number of jobs to increase your chance of success. We're often asked how many but there isn't a figure we can give you. Competitive sectors such as Investment Banking and Consulting will receive 1000s of applications so you need to apply to a lot of firms to give yourself the chance of getting to an interview. However there is no point sending the same covering letter to every firm; recruiters will spot this and reject you. This is why you need a focus; creating a list of target companies that you know you have a realistic chance of getting into and who are looking for your skills will mean that you have the time to submit well-written and tailored applications. Once you've applied, maintain a record so that you can track your progress and make good use of technology such as creating an Excel spreadsheet and sub-folders in your inbox. We often get students who've been invited to interview but no longer have a record of the job description - it's really important that you create folders so that you can keep relevant information in one place and don't have to keep searching for files.
It can make a big difference knowing people in the sector you want to work in. Contacts may provide you with inside information that isn’t available on the company’s website and could refer your CV to HR or the Hiring Manager. The easiest place to start is with alumni from this University and your undergraduate institution. LinkedIn is a great way of finding and connecting with alumni. Talking to people working at your target firms will also help you to understand whether they are a realistic target for you and can help you to create the focus that is essential when you don't have a lot of time for job hunting.