Forget the Year of the Rooster, if you’re a final year student this is the Year of the JOB!

Rise and shine, it’s job time!

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The rooster is nature’s alarm clock, reminding us to get up and get to work. If you’re a final year student then the Year of the Rooster couldn’t be more apt, 2017 is the year you will find a job – but have you thought about how to land your dream job? We’ve got some top tips to get you started.

First of all make a plan.

It might sound obvious, but ask yourself what you would enjoy doing. What sector would you like to work in? Why not find some job descriptions from roles within this sector and see if these appeal to you? Be realistic about how flexible you are when it comes to salary and how far you are willing to travel for the role. Use our careers leaflets to get your juices flowing.

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Next, have a think about your skills.

Use a  career planner, it’s a good place to think it through. Don’t forget your degree is just one string to your bow, make sure you highlight any work experience, placements, internships or volunteering  that you did, and the extra experience this gave you.

Your extra-curricular activities and personal qualities are the thing that will set you apart from the rest of the candidates, it’s not too late to develop your interests outside of your study and boost your CV.

It’s really important you make the link between the skills you have and the skills you need for the role you’re applying for. You need to tailor your application and CV for each role you apply for. Don’t forget you can pop in to the Employability and Careers Centre and make an appointment to have your application, CV, and cover letters checked.

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There’s a big wide world of jobs out there, and there’s no reason why you can’t land your dream role but be realistic, check the current job market and make sure your plans fit with the sector you want to work in. If you’re flexible and willing to compromise on a few of your chosen criteria, new options might arise that you hadn’t thought of before.

Don’t forget six degrees of separation – share your job search with your contacts and on your social networks, you never know if these contacts could lead to an opportunity you don’t have access to.

Finally, keep going!

Keep a chart of your job search, applications and notes to help you refine your technique for the next application. The Employability and Careers Centre resources can help you every step of the way.

Anything is possible, be determined. Good luck.

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