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The onset of the new year means that thousands of employers are starting up their hiring process, and beginning their search for ambitious, talented and dynamic graduates to join their business.
If you’re actively looking for graduate jobs or planning to start your job search in 2019, check out these 9 trends that will impact the way you look, apply and interview for graduate roles this year.
If you’re wondering where to start looking for graduate jobs in 2019, you should be aware of the rise of new industries, and the job prospects they offer.
The emerging industries of the last few years, such as FinTech (financial technology) and EdTech (educational technology), are still continuing to grow at a rapid rate - and now in 2019, technology is expected to infiltrate further industries; such as medicine (MedTech) and retail, in the form of the growing e-commerce industry.
These tech fields are continuing to grow at a rapid rate - making them a great choice for graduates looking for a job this year.
The use of psychometric tests in graduate recruitment has been on the rise over the last few years – but in 2019, they’re not the only type of test employers will use to assess your suitability.
With employers looking to assess how you can build relationships and communicate, emotional intelligence (EI) tests are often use during the application process for Account Manager graduate jobs, Client Services graduate jobs, or other customer or client-facing roles – but will sometimes also be used by employers to assess whether you would be a good fit for their team and culture.
2018 saw the rise of the video interview, and our prediction for 2019 is that job-based simulations will become a rising trend amongst employers. This can indicate a range of different exercises – such as hands-on simulations, role-plays, or other job-based tasks that will assess your competency in a particular role.
To get an idea of what you might be asked, make sure you thoroughly research the role, and to prepare, why not try acting out some practice exercises with a friend or a family member before you go into interview?
In the increasingly competitive graduate jobs market, personalisation will become more and more vital to a successful job application. As well as tailoring your application to each job you apply to, this will also mean thinking outside of the box about the story your CV tells, the way you market yourself to employers, and the skills and interests you choose to discuss in your interview.
With 2019 set to be a big year for graduate hiring, ensuring that you stand out from the crowd will be key to job search success.
The last few years have seen a sharp decline in physical paper CV’s – and an increase in the value of a great digital CV.
Though a good CV will need to include all the same key information whether it’s created on a computer or otherwise, there are certain benefits to creating a CV digitally – such as neat formatting, different font styles and sizes, and tools like Canva, which allow you to design a unique CV (especially useful for graduate jobs in the Creative & Design sector). Just remember to keep it professional!
If you really want to boost your chances of landing a great graduate job in 2019, upskilling is one of the best ways to do so. Now more than ever, employers are looking for transferable skills that will add value to their business – especially when it comes to highly in-demand technical skills.
Upskilling in your spare time – by learning coding & programming skills (try using Code Academy!), brushing up on your social media, or even teaching yourself how to use Excel, will help you to stand out to employers in 2019.
Across several different industries, job interviews are becoming increasingly casual. Our prediction for 2019 is that more and more employers will favour preliminary casual interviews, perhaps going for a coffee, or meeting for a conversation somewhere outside of their office.
Though this will usually be followed by a 2nd, more formal, interview, these kinds of less formal initial meetings are a great way for employers to assess your suitability early on, as well as helping you to feel less nervous.
As companies look for new ways to innovate and grow, entrepreneurship is becoming one of the most valuable skills for employers across the board.
In 2019, being able to discuss a “side hustle” or a side project you have undertaken is a great way to help yourself stand out - whether that’s your own small business, or an app you’ve set up in your spare time. Even better, being able to pinpoint particular numbers and show that you have driven growth will be hugely valuable to your job search.
Technology is infiltrating the graduate recruitment sector – and the use of VR in job interviews is set to rise dramatically this year. Virtual reality will be used to interview candidates in a virtual environment, before employers actually meet them face to face.
It can also be used to allow candidates to see the office, the team and particular aspects of the job with their own eyes, enabling them to decide whether they think the role is right for them before they have attended a face-to-face interview with the employer.
With businesses constantly changing and developing, the ways candidates look, apply and interview for graduate jobs is also ever-evolving. So if you want to kick-start your job search this year, make sure you’re up-to-date on the top graduate job search trends for 2019.