The employment outlook for new graduates is still gloomy, but you have a good chance of landing a job if you launch an aggressive search. A well-crafted cover letter should be part of this proactive strategy – experts say that customising your letter can open doors to new opportunities. Here's how.
Graduation is just around the corner, and you're panicking because you feel you have little or no work experience that will wow prospective employers, and you don't have enough time to get any before you graduate.
Don't despair. For starters, you may have more experience than you realise – experience gained not through professionally oriented work or internships, but instead through part-time, volunteer experiences, student or community organisations, or even your own hobbies and avocations.
Having a professional profile isn't something that just applies to big hitters in the business world, it's something that anyone can achieve.
If you're considering a gap year, it helps to ask yourself what sort of advantage a gap year could have on your personal development - and also whether it might improve your CV at the end of it.
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The trend for prospective employees to take a gap year is currently very fashionable with employers.
When employers are fighting to obtain the best talent, a gap year may needs careful thought. How employers see it is about timing as much as anything.
If you're a graduate or assessing your long term career option, one question you'll have to consider is whether to choose the path of a generalist or a specialist.
It's not an easy question to answer because of the changing nature of roles within large organisations and the increasing pressure put on all employees. You need to decide which presents the most rewarding and the most secure employment path for you.
The much awaited graduation has occurred and now you've got hold of your hard-earned degree, the world is your oyster - in theory.
The trouble is many graduates don't have any idea what to do once the days of daytime TV and pub crawls are over. Few are aware of how to use their degree to find the right job.
The good news is that unless you plan to enter law, medicine, science or architecture, most occupations don't really need a specific degree - it's all about skills, aptitude, personality and enthusiasm.
Your work options can be daunting when you have just graduated. This article will help you get started.