Graduate Tips for the Corporate World

Graduate employment tipsMaking that significant transition from student life to corporate world is a big step for many up-and-coming executives. You may still be applying for positions, you may have already secured your first great role or you may have no idea where to start looking.

Whatever stage you are at, there is much to be learned from a new ‘real world’ environment. Here are my best tips to help you stay fresh and competitive in the corporate space.

1. Create Strong Career Strategies

The first thing every graduate needs – after their degree – is direction. The candidates who most often succeed in the corporate world are the ones who develop a strong career strategy. No matter what industry you are in, the job marketplace can be highly competitive and you will have a much better chance of success if you give your career a clear direction and purpose, rather than simply figuring things out as you go along.

A good first step towards a good career strategy is to define your goals and work out the best way to achieve them, given your talents and growing expertise. What types of jobs and promotions would you need to reach your goals? Do you need any additional qualifications or education? How will you improve your skills and enhance your weaknesses?

If you are unsure about how to implement your ideas into a practical career strategy, working with an experienced career coach in this instance can be extremely advantageous.

2. Focus On Your Value

Everyone brings a specific type of value to a position, including graduates. The best way a candidate can stand out in the corporate world is to emphasise his or her value. This is called a Value Proposition. Your Value Proposition is a quick summary describing who you are, what you do and what value you can bring to a business.

Focusing on your value is a much stronger way to approach job searches and it is a great way to present yourself to employers, especially since you won’t have a huge amount of corporate experience.

Ensure your Value Proposition is central to your documentation, like resumes, cover letters and profiles, and even your job interviews and networking meetings.

3. Connect With the Right People

If you haven’t already begun networking, you will need to do so as soon as you enter the corporate world. Networking is a critical part of any career and it can often mean the difference between standing out and achieving success and fading into the background.

Networking with the right people is also important. Although you will be making lots of new friends in your job, networking essentially means connecting with people who can make a difference to your job or your career, whether immediately or at some point in the future. Networking with existing executives and leaders is a good place to start and if done well, it can lead to exceptional career and job opportunities.

4. Get On Social Media

Whenever I take on a new candidate at Resumes Australia, one of the first things I ask is whether they are active on social media. Social media drives many facets of the corporate world, particularly recruitment and networking, and so ensuring your social media profiles are up-to-date and 100% professional is important.

LinkedIn is especially meaningful here and a weak LinkedIn profile can be detrimental to your corporate growth and success. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is completed, detailed and that it encompasses all of your talents and skills.

5. Keep Up With Technology

I can’t emphasise how important technology is in today’s industries. Technology is often considered to be one of the most important factors in driving company growth, innovation and success and if you are not up with technology, you and your job prospects may be left behind.

At the job search stage, if you lack an understanding of the technologies that are crucial to your industry, you may find yourself trailing behind the strength of other candidates.

Developing an awareness or understanding of the technology available to your industry can mean that you are able to create insight and value for organisations where other graduates cannot. This can make you much more appealing as a young executive and your innovative approach will likely grab the attention of either recruiters and head hunters or other executives and leaders in your company.

6. Keep Your Resume Updated

You will be learning a lot in the corporate world and your first few graduate positions will bring plenty of new experiences and lessons. But one of the biggest mistakes many graduates make upon securing a role is to ‘slack off’ on their resumes.

Keeping your resume updated as you acquire new experience, knowledge and skills is ideal at this stage because it means you will capture everything, without having to “back track” and remember what you learned later on.

This will result in a stronger and more effective document when you come to apply for that next corporate position and means you won’t have to scramble around at the last minute trying to make sure your resume is up to scratch.

Resumes Australia specialises in corporate career development and resume development/writing for graduates, executives, professionals and even CEOs.


kylie hammond

About Kylie Hammond
Executive Search Consultant, Head-Hunter, HR Consultant, Executive Career Coach, Expert Resume Writer & Executive Talent Agent.

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