1. Don’t RushThe first message that I would like to get across to you as a new graduate searching for your first post-university job is don’t rush! Many graduates get swept up in a whirlwind panic due to the influx of fresh new graduates looking for jobs and as a result they apply for as many jobs as possible even if they are not ideal. In doing this you may end up in a role which is not totally right for you and be forced to conduct the whole job hunt again a few months or a year down the line.
It is much more productive to carry out a calm, rational and thorough search the first time around. Spend more time on fewer higher quality applications for roles that are truly right for you to improve your chances of getting a job that you will be both happy and successful in.
2. Know Your LocationIf you are planning on staying put in your current location then the first thing you need to decide is how far you are willing to travel each day, what form of transport you will require and the routes available to you. Carefully consider the time it will take out of your day and the impact it will have on your life. You can then narrow your search to a realistic perimeter.
If you are willing to make a move for your new job then do some research into the types of areas you would like to live. When you come across a potential role make sure you research the area before applying and if you are invited for an interview then you should take the time to explore the area, look at house prices, cost of living etc. to ensure it would be a good move for you before pursuing it any further.