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In a highly competitive job market, new graduates must work hard and put their best foot forward to be able to secure their first role. While experience is naturally always favoured, companies also take into consideration a range of other factors and skills, which may help land you a position.

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It can be daunting applying for roles when you have just graduated and don’t have experience in that field. When asked about professional experience – don’t panic if you don’t have any! You aren’t the first graduate to be in this position, it’s very common. Instead focus on talking about transferrable skills, soft skills, university projects and what you are doing to improve yourself instead.

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LinkedIn is the world’s largest networking platform, with over 660 million users, offering endless potential to connect & interact with contacts, co-workers, clients, and recruiters - not to mention find job opportunities.It’s also an important professional tool to help build your brand, develop an online CV, and share/tap into industry news.

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The world today is geared towards technology, and we love to ‘share’ the who, what, when, where and why of our day-to-day lives leaving a digital trail.

 

So, when applying for jobs, it’s important to be mindful that employers are likely to search online to find out more about you. 

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Goal setting is a common aspect of our lives. Whether you’re saving for a holiday, planning your next 5 years, or looking at your career aspirations, goal setting can be the difference between success and missing out.

But how do you make sure you plan your goals in a way that sets you up for success? How do you chart a course that helps you realise your vision?

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For many people, the most dreaded interview question is, “Tell me about yourself.” Talking about yourself can be difficult, and doing so in a succinct yet compelling way can be even harder. Learn how to perfect your "pitch" - the 60 second explanation of who you are, what you do, and why it all matters.

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No matter what your chosen field of study is, as a graduate student you should ensure that you stay abreast of any changes in your industry. One great way to draw on all of those resources is to join a professional association.

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Teamwork can be defined as the combined action of a group, especially when effective and efficient. It is often a key component in business and I am going to explain why. I will highlight some of the reasons teamwork is so valuable in the workplace so you know why you should exercise it and highlight your ability to work well as part of a team, in an interview.

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Everyone has different approaches to learning. Whether you are a passive or active learner, remembering and applying information can be difficult. This is where taking notes proves vital especially in the workplace. 

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When you graduate, you have all the theoretical knowledge but may lack practical skills that are gathered through experience. Why not give yourself a head start and read these books by business leaders who have gotten where they are today through trial and error? Learn from them and you may be able to apply some of your new knowledge throughout your internship or first job.

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