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You need experience to get a job...and a job to get experience

by Rayhaneh Tehrani | 24 July 2014

Are you sick of hearing the words "The other candidate has more experience”? The world graduates now face after university has been tainted by numerous articles stating that graduates will face tough times after they have donned their cap and gown.

But is this really the situation? Are graduates actually expecting a tough slog to secure employment after three or four years of hard work?

Research provided by TotalJobs who questioned 676 graduates in December 2013, said "44% of respondents regretted not studying something more vocational.”

So how do today's academic graduates get around this and ensure they aren't regretting their decisions later down the line?

The lack of working experience is the usual conundrum which faces young professionals. Those who partake in voluntary work and placements whilst at university are often at an advantage. I always wondered how much my part time job would help me in the 'real world', however I have come to realise that more often than not it is how you tailor this experience to show you have transferable skills in your CV and more importantly in that all encompassing interview that matters.

Working in recruitment for the past six months has really highlighted the importance of detail in your CV; this is your first chance at making a good impression. So what is it that potential employees look for? My colleague Michael has recently written a blog about this, but here are my top tips:

Relevant detail is essential - make sure you tailor each CV to the role in hand. Ensuring that you are making reference to each of the skills highlighted in the job advert and emphasising your transferrable skills into the work place will really make your CV stand out.

Quantify your information and prove that your skills have made a difference; if you were part of a sports team, how many games did you win? Don't be narrow minded in your view of 'what matters' - all of your experience is relevant, it's just about how you present this information.

Instead of focusing your energy on the negativity that social media has churned out over your graduation this month remember that ultimately your degree will enhance your career, if not in the short term, the long term prospects still look good!

Why not take a look at our graduate testimonials for working at Sellick Partnership? The biggest decision you have to make next is choosing the right employer and it's important that you choose someone invested in your training and giving you the best possible base for your professional future.