Having worked in Careers for several years now, I have met quite a few students and grads. Some very inspiring young people from whom I got to learn a thing or two. You know the type … Society presidents, football captains, volunteering enthusiasts, future entrepreneurs - the students that put me to shame when I think back at my own time at University. But it's not all rainbows and butterflies when it comes to working with the student population. Yes, I am talking about the "Hello is this the Careers Service, can you get me a career please" type and the "why bother" students on campus.
So here is a list of things that will make you a little less awesome - with some real life examples of course:
1. This is an obvious one as I've already hinted to it: Asking for a job in your final year
No, jobs don't grow on job trees and even if they did, you'd have to put some effort to climb that tree and get one. Browse graduate-jobs.com and get cracking.
2. Thinking first and second year of Uni is all about fun and essays
We all like a bit of fun, but make sure you don't miss out on getting that crucial experience (be that through internships, volunteering or part-time work) you will need to demonstrate you didn't just play beer pong for 3 years.
3. Writing a 6-page long CV
Unless you really don't want to get the job you are applying for, your curriculum vitae should be one (max two) page. Don't list all the modules and all your grades, and definitely don't mention "hanging out with your friends" and " playing with your two dogs" as your main interests.
4. Starting your cover letter with "I am an enthusiastic, motivated and hardworking student"
Yes, so are the other 20,000 students applying for the 100 roles available. What else is new? Stuff students also wrote: "OMG, The job looks dope, I'm in if you are"
5. Unforgivable grammar mistakes
If you are not one to check your CV and cover letter for grammar mistakes, then I feel bad for you, son. You may have 99 problems, but this shouldn't be one! Stuff students also wrote: "I speak English and Spinach."
6. Not knowing what makes you unique
Believe it or not, everybody is special. We are all good at different things and have various skills sets, so have a think about what your values are, what you stand for and where you would fit in the job market. If you have this figured out, selling yourself will be a piece of cake. Stuff students also wrote: "My goal is to be a meteorologist. But since I have no training in meteorology, I suppose I should try stock brokerage."
7. Not asking for feedback
So you didn't get the first job you ever applied for: it's not the end of the world. Make sure you email the company to request for feedback - how else will you know what you did wrong? And no, it's not okay to say "Your loss".