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  2. T HE BE S T P RACT I CE G UI DE F O R AP P LY I NG TO G RADUAT E S CHE ME S ARE Y O U S T I L L AT UNI V E RS I T Y, W O NDE RI NG W HAT CARE E R P RO S P E CT S Y O UR DE G RE E MI G HT O F F E R Y O U? O R HAV E Y O U G RADUAT E D AND RE AL I S E D T HAT A DE G RE E AL O NE MI G HT NO T BE E NO UG H TO S E CURE Y O U A JO B? The job market is not an easy place to be; regardless of your degree, your result or your experience. Competition is high for the best jobs, and many graduates come out of University to the shock of unemployment. You might have enjoyed a successful stint as social secretary of your Uni’s surf club; or been revered as the undefeated champion of the snooker society, but that doesn’t mean squat in the real world. TRUE Graduate schemes can be better for your career! G RADUAT E S CHE ME Soffer some of the best opportunities for graduates to get started on the right foot. They give you an entry level job at a respected company, with the stated aim of training you on the job and developing your career. Unsurprisingly, regardless of the industry, graduate schemes have a lot of competition. To be accepted for one you need to stand out from the competition; to be the best-of-the-best. So, before you write that application – here’s what you should be thinking about… 01

  3. BE F O RE Y O U AP P LY I S T HI S W HAT Y O U WANT TO DO ? It seems like a strange question to be asking yourself as you apply for a job, but one thing that all recruiters will agree on – often applications show no real interest in the job on offer. S H O W I N G I N T E R E S T D O E S N O T M E A N U S I N G B U Z Z W O R D S L I K E ‘ P A S S I O N ’ A N D ‘ A M B I T I O N ’ R E P E A T E D L Y . Individuals who are genuinely driven towards a career or profession will shine through because of their real understanding of what a role entails. If you’ve done work experience or an internship in your particular field, this will really stand out on your application. Knowing that you really want to pursue the role you’re applying for saves the recruiter, and more importantly – you – a lot of time. Because who wants to land a job they’re miserable in, anyway? I S T H I S W H E R E Y O U W A N T T O W O R K ? Company culture is incredibly important for ensuring your job satisfaction. Did you know that more than a quarter of top graduate programmes will pay new recruits more than £35,000? Make sure the job you’re applying for has the same expectations from its employees as your expectations as a worker. You need to know that not only will you have the opportunity to progress and grow in the direction 02 that you would like – but that you will be in an environment that suits you; where you fit in.

  4. P RE PARAT I O N G E T AL L O F Y O UR DE TAI L S UP -TO -DAT E One of the most tedious steps in any job application is entering your work experience and academic history. The application process will be much less painful if you endeavour to have all of your academic results (including dates) and work experience details in one well-organised place which you can refer to. Social media platforms like LinkedIn can be great for keeping a living record of all of your achievements, and some application platforms allow you to save your details for future use. RE AL LY G E T TO UNDE RS TAND T HE CO MPANY Y O U ARE AP P LY I NG TO Are you applying to a large company who want high academic achievers with cold, hard ambition? Or a smaller organisation who place more value on experience and personality?   Knowing everything you can about the company you’re applying to means that you can make sure to focus your application on the experiences and qualities that you have which will interest them most. fact UK’s top employers have received 6% more graduate job applications in 2015! 03 F I N D O U T W H A T T O E X P E C T F R O M T H E A P P L I C A T I O N P R O C E S S Be sure that you know what the steps of the application process are. This is important for helping you plan your application deadline, and also so as you know what will be asked of you if you are successful in the first round. Will there be a phone interview? Will you be expected to travel to another city on a particular date? All of these things should be on your radar as you complete your application.

  5. 01 AP P LY I NG D O N ’ T C O P Y A N D P A S T E Y O U R A P P L I C A T I O N When you’re casting your net wide and applying for lots of jobs, it might seem like a time saving exercise to create stock responses to questions that you know are likely to come up.The problem with this is that no matter how smart you think you’re being, the person reviewing it can always tell. Questions may cover similar topics and may even be fundamentally the same from application to application – but if you haven’t addressed your answers to the individual company, it will show. P RO O F, P RO O F, P RO O F People judging graduate scheme applications will often have to review hundreds, maybe even thousands of applications. If you have made clumsy spelling or grammatical errors it’s as good a reason as any to reject your application. Don’t write your application, read it over once and then submit it 84% – there are guaranteed to be mistakes. 84% of graduate schemes will reject applications if they have spelling errors. Write it, read it over and then leave it for a few hours or even a day. When you come back to it you’ll have fresh eyes and may notice errors you hadn’t seen before or sentences you could refine. A good idea is to run your application by someone you trust. They can often point out mistakes in your communication or grammar that might be habits you hadn't noticed. DO N’ T L E AV E I T UNT I L T HE L AS T MI NUT E 04 This can be said 100 times over and it will still be ignored by 90% of people. Don’t leave your application until the last minute. Think of all of the things you have to do. The research, the understanding, the writing and the checking – it’s a labour intensive task. So give yourself the best chance of success and plan backwards. P L ANNI NG BACKWARDS If you aim to have your application in two days before the deadline, set yourself time limits for every step. So, say you spend time over two days (each) on: editing and proofing; writing; researching the company; and researching the blog – you need to start your application at the very least ten days before the deadline. That way, if you overrun on any of the steps, you still have at least two days’ leeway.