Applying for jobs can be a bit daunting if you’ve never done it before; each employer has their own processes and criteria for selecting new employees, and you of course want to be successful in your search for the ideal placement job or graduate role. Understanding the recruitment process applicants must go through in order to secure the job can greatly help you throughout, since knowing what comes next helps you prepare better.
If you’re on one of the Southampton Business School UG programmes with a placement, you will already have access to the online preparation course which tells you all you need to know about the job application journey. The University’s central Careers and Employability Services also have a great wealth of knowledge and support available for all our students, not to mention the information and advice that is easily available to anyone through various online platforms and can be found by a quick Google search. So the information is out there, you just need to find it and take the time to learn about the recruitment processes of the companies you’re interested in applying for. Having this knowledge before you apply can really increase your chances of securing the ideal placement or graduate job.
It’s easy to forget that securing a job is a process. It starts from you finding a job advert that you like, and ends in either a job offer or a rejection. Along the way, there are several steps that you are required to take, and at each step there is the danger of falling over and being rejected. What you need to remember is that each step has a purpose. The recruiter is looking for specific information at each stage of the recruitment process, and by preparing thoroughly you will increase your chances of being successful in these various stages.
For all of you who are now applying for placements and graduate jobs, we wish you the best of luck – although getting a good job is more about thorough preparation than luck!