Congratulations! You've graduated from college/university.

Next stop: job searching!

 Buzz Lightyear flying and shouting “To infinity and beyond!”

After I graduated, my loved ones encouraged me to stay positive and persistent throughout the job hunting process.

And you know what? For the most part, I was...though I couldn’t help but wonder, what else could Ido to increase the odds of landing a job?

Looking back, I discovered some effective job search tips along the way.

1. What you already have, matters

Buzz Lightyear pointing towards something for Woody to look at. Text: Open your eyes. You have what it takes.

Highlight the skills gained from college/university extracurricular activities.

You may have scooped up skills as a waiter, tutor, library assistant, or society secretary. Write a list of these skills. Narrow this list down to the skills transferable to the jobs you're applying for.

For example, I worked as a library assistant and one of the transferable skills from that is customer service.

Your marks are also a strength.

If you were a top student in your class or you won awards, don't be shy. Let it be known!

Keep in touch with your college/university.

Most institutions have a career services unit or alumni programs. These are helpful places to get free job search coaching and job listings.

2. Gain experience through generalist roles

A man saying:

Non-degree specific jobs exist!

Employers will often opt for candidates with any type of professional experience, even for entry-level roles.

Consider applying for generalist roles that require a degree but aren't specific about the major. This will pave the way to being a top candidate.

Flaticon Icon

Look for these generalist opportunities within the industry that you want to go into.

These roles should allow you to shadow individuals in your desired career field. For example, if you’re an aspiring software developer, apply for a customer technical support job at a software or IT company.

Generalist roles include but are not limited to management consultant, coordinator, administrator, virtual assistant, etc.


You have completed your qualification in biology. What would be good generalist roles to apply for? Select all that apply:

3. Keep busy

Flaticon Icon

Find and use recruitment agencies that have positive reviews and high success rates. Prioritize agencies that specialize in graduate recruitment and entry-level placements.

Flaticon Icon

Network and connect at industry events/webinars or platforms like LinkedIn. These are great environments to share that you are looking for work or a mentor to help you soar. To go from zero to hero with LinkedIn, check out this personal branding e-book on how to use it effectively.

Flaticon Icon

Volunteer strategically. Simply volunteering for any gig can put you in a worse off position. Be deliberate.

Here are some vital questions to ask before making this commitment:

  • Is there a clear "job" description?

  • Will it sharpen the critical skills required for the jobs you are applying for?

  • Is the recruitment process communicated upfront?

  • Is there an onboarding/induction, specific to the role?

  • Are there senior people in the team that can possibly coach you?

Aim for at least 4/5 answers above to be a YES. Check out this volunteer opportunities site to try this out.

4. Stay in the loop

White middle aged woman saying: “Keep me updated on any new developments.”

Read, follow, and analyze.

  • Read articles about developments in the career field or industry. Pay close attention to how market conditions affect your desired job market; for example, pandemics, AI, and climate change.

  • Follow industry influencers on social media. They usually post about important skills to have, hiring trends, and sometimes open job opportunities. For example, I followed a LinkedIn influencer who shared tips on how to use Microsoft Excel because this was a skill that was required for the jobs that I was applying for.

Flaticon Icon

  • Analyze job ads to understand the requirements, and keywords and to determine if you are a fit. Search for the keywords rather than just the titles. Some job titles might not be what you're expecting.

Take Action

Stone Cold Steve Austion shouting: “ Ready. Set. Go!”

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.

— H. Jackson Brown Jr., American author

Try out one of these tips in the next two weeks:


Your feedback matters to us.

This Byte helped me better understand the topic.

Get support to take action on this Byte