You’ve emailed thousands of CVs, your cocksure covering letters have turned into tear-stained notes of begging and you’ve settled into your life of Jeremy Kyle reruns with a shrug of the shoulders and another Pot Noodle.
This isn’t what you imagined for your post-university life. You had visions of natty suits, high-flying salaries and the type of self-satisfied schmoozing usually reserved for Don Draper in Mad Men.
But now isn’t the time to give up. Unless you want to end up like thousands of other students in unemployment limbo, it’s time to redouble your efforts and try a new strategy.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few top tips to up your job hunt game.
Go the distance
That degree you’ve worked so hard for isn’t the be-all and end-all of your education, if you know what’s good for you. Your entire life is one long learning experience, so why not add another esteemed qualification to your CV?
It’s not as time-consuming a suggestion as you might first think. With a distance learning degree you can study for a degree on the fly, in between your job hunting and Jeremy Kyle episodes.
Some are even fully funded through government grants, so you won’t have to shell out a few thousand quid for the chance to learn.
Not only will it give your CV a boost, but it’ll also mould your mind to newer, greater heights.
All the right friends
Sometimes, finding a job is about hobnobbing with the right people. Loitering in your dingy flat isn’t enough. You’ve got to push yourself out of your front door and make the right impression.
And your charm offensive can start at your computer, with business networking site LinkedIn. All you have to do is set up a profile, fill it full of your skills, hobbies and past experience, then connect with the movers and shakers of your chosen industry.
If you’re feeling a little more confident, then it’s time to go face-to-face. Find networking events in your area, don your finest interview attire and make like Gordon Gecko with your finest chat on the art of good business.
Make the right connections and who knows – you could be in a top position within six months.
A resume of wonder
No business professional is interested in knowing about the paper round you had when you were 14 – and they probably don’t give a toss about much else on your CV.
Sending out a CV isn’t just tedious admin – it’s an art form and should be crafted to perfection.
Fine-tune yours to fit in work experience relevant to specific employers and make sure to cut out any fluff before you send it their way.
Honing is a necessary part of the process. Make your CV shine and you won’t have to look at Jeremy Kyle’s face ever again.