Many of our vacancies are suitable for recent graduates (even if they’re not labelled as such), so if you have good foreign language skills, either through study, living abroad or as your mother tongue, we would be delighted to hear from you!
Finding your first job can be a daunting task, so we have put together the following guide to help you get started.
Work out your interests – It is so important to show real enthusiasm for the job you are applying for, so try and aim for sectors or roles that interest you and that you can demonstrate your passion for. Hopefully you will be using the language(s) you love, which is a great start!
Your first job isn’t for life – Getting started can be really hard but remember that you will learn from each job and even if the first one isn’t perfect, the experience will hold you in good stead. Try to be as flexible as you can about location.
Don’t be afraid to start at the bottom – Many companies will be more than happy to promote able, committed and enthusiastic staff members. The sky is the limit! Starting at the bottom is a great way to get some basic commercial experience and work out which department you would really like to aim for. Once you are in, it’s so much easier to find out about internal vacancies which may never be advertised.
Clean up your social media profile – Try googling your name and see what pictures and other information are available for potential employers to see. Employers will certainly be checking out your online presence, so now is the moment to remove dodgy profile pictures and check that your profiles are private. Start networking on LinkedIn, if you haven’t done so already. This can help you with researching companies that you are interested in.
Work hard on your CV – It is really worth spending a lot of time on this and then tailoring it for each application to make it relevant to the job you are applying for (see our CV guide). Include voluntary work, part-time jobs and responsibilities taken at university, for example within clubs. Explain what you gained from travelling or other experiences – don’t just list them.
Research companies and sectors thoroughly – Employers will be impressed if you show some knowledge about their company, their competitors, the state of the market. Time spent researching will be a good investment. They want to know how you can add value to their company!
Be confident in your strengths – Employers are looking for enthusiasm, energy, a good work ethic and willingness to learn. Soft skills are also very important, such as ability to work in a team and get along with a wide variety of people. Make sure you can demonstrate these in your CV and at interview.