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The Easter break is a great time to be job hunting; with two bank holidays back-to-back, it gives you an extended break from the norm and extra time to plan your next (or first) career move.
So we thought this was a great time to share our eggs of wisdom (- sorry we couldn’t resist!) on the best way to make the most of the holiday and get ahead on the job hunt.
If you don’t set goals, how will you be able to see what a brilliantly productive weekend you’ve had? Think about what you’ve been doing so far – what’s worked? what hasn’t? Let this shape your goals for the weekend.
Aiming to have a job interview lined up by Tuesday is highly unrealistic – what with employers off enjoying the holiday too. But a good goal could be, to have applied to 4 jobs by the end of the Easter break. Everyone works differently, and you might already have a jam-packed weekend in store, so the key is to set goals which you know you can realistically achieve.
You might have your heart set on what you think is your perfect job, but we always advise our grads to keep their options open. There are many roles which have similar functions, but different titles.
If you’ve been applying to the same type of roles and still not seen any success, it’s time to change tactics and go back to basics. Think about your strengths and weaknesses and how you can match them to a job that will be just right for you.
For example, if you’re a good speaker with experience managing projects or people, you could consider account manager roles. Or, if you’re more of a numbers person, with a maths degree and some admin experience under your belt, a career as a data analyst might be ideal.
The other benefit of Easter is that all jobs are guaranteed to stay up all weekend, giving you ample chance to put an application together. Take some time to scroll through job descriptions, picking out the requirements and assessing how you match up. Why not start with our jobs board – we promise all our jobs will stay up from Friday to Tuesday!
So you’ve found a job / a selection of jobs you want to apply for. What next? Well, whatever you do, don’t send a generic CV! Think about it, after a four-day break employers will be inundated with applications, so you’ll want to make sure yours stands out.
The key is to make sure you’re CV specifically matches what they’re asking for – it sounds obvious, but it really is that simple.
For example: If the job description asks for ‘previous experience in email marketing’, your CV should read something along the lines of ‘Built and sent weekly email newsletters via MailChimp to up to 7,000 subscribers promoting new products – sales via these emails contributed to 20% of total new product sales.’
Essentially, employers want to see what you did and the outcome of it. Remember, they want people who are going to help drive their business forward.
If you’re a recent graduate and can’t give such specific examples, don’t panic. Instead give examples of a skill you used at university, the outcome of using it and how it peaked your interest in the area. E.g. If you ever organised socials, you would have had to secure a venue, promote the event and manage the night to run smoothly – all great hands-on experience for a job in sales or project management.
If there’s a skill you need for a job that you don’t have, it’s never too late to learn it. And the Easter break is the perfect time to start. Nothing shows your genuine interest in a subject better than taking your own initiative to learn more.
Easter break for many of you will no doubt be an entire weekend full of well-meaning friends and family asking how the job hunt is going.
But instead of diving head first into even more applications, take some time to step back from all things job related. Everyone needs time to refocus and you’ll find you’re in a much better frame of mind to hit the ground running come Tuesday.
Sometimes all you need is a weekend spent gorging on Easter eggs to get a fresh perspective.