Whether you’re a final year student nearing the dreaded post-graduation job hunt, or just a keen bean first year looking to make a good impression, there are easy ways to boost your employability without leaving the sofa.
- Get on LinkedIn
If you’re not already signed up to the professional networking site LinkedIn, then I would strongly advise getting yourself an account now. It’s free and easy to set up, and it’s a great way to showcase your CV online. Plus, it’s a good way to connect to professionals in your chosen industry, which might open up future job opportunities. Result!
- Clean up your social media presence
In an increasingly digital world, it’s getting easier and easier for potential future employers to get the low down on you simply by typing your name into Google. But what’s the first result that comes up? If it’s your public Facebook page displaying all the photos from *that* night out, it might not work in your favour. Want to carry on sharing photos of your nights out on Facebook? No worries, just make sure you have your privacy settings on max and try to avoid setting your profile photo to anything you wouldn’t want your Nan to see. The same rules apply to any other social networking site… Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr: whatever you’re on, double check your privacy settings now to avoid any future embarrassments.
- Check for networking events in your chosen industry
A lot of industries now offer student networking opportunities, and it’s a great idea to start checking for upcoming events in your area. Your university website is probably a good first port of call, but failing that check your industry body’s website for more details. Networking events are a great way to get chatting to professionals in your area, and they can also be good for boosting confidence if the thought of an interview leaves you with sweaty palms.
- Volunteer in your local area
Employers are always looking for something extra on prospective CVs, and volunteering can be a great way to not make your application stand out amongst the crowd, but also an amazingly, worthwhile way to give back to your local community. Volunteering can boost your confidence, improve your people skills and give you something extra to talk about in future interviews. Try do-it.org or volunteering.org.uk to get inspired and start making a difference.