Top 5 tips for securing a Placement

Are you fed up of applying for jobs and getting nowhere? (or at least, so it seems). Don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s not only extremely anxiety provoking, but also, confidence shattering when those flurry of ‘rejections’ come through to your inbox.
So what is it that you’re doing wrong? Nothing, is probably the reality of it.
Let’s face it, some of the most entrepreneurial and successful people in the world have failed at something AT LEAST once to get to where they are today. It really does take a failure to make a success. It’s soul destroying, we know, when your friends have invitations to assessment centres, interviews, and job offers but yours hasn’t arrived yet. Your friends are not you, you are not them. Do not compare against their progress. Anything is possible, literally.
Some students take up to 30 applications before they even get a phone call or interview – be patient, there is an employer out there waiting for your application. It’s worth thinking of the previous applications you have made as practice ones, and then move on to your dream role with a top class application.  So, now we hope that you feel better knowing that you’re not alone, and there is a placement out there for you, if you persevere and get the most out of your time with the Placement Team!

See below for our top 5 tips for securing a placement

1. Do company research.

We can’t stress this enough. Applying to a poker company but never played poker? So? Read, read, read and RESEARCH. Show a passion for the role, and an interest in learning about the industry. You can’t go far wrong.

Research the company
2. Personal branding.

It’s important to get yourself out there and virtual network, with this, it’s also important to ensure that you do it in a professional manner especially on platforms like Twitter and Instagram that are completely open. Facebook, on the other hand, allows you to hide or lock any posts that are exactly that, private.

3. Don’t slate any employer or talk down about a current role.
  This will really put off a potential employer. If you can say such things about your current employer, how can you be trusted not to once on placement?
4. Apply for a role that you want to do.

Yes, you want to land a placement role as the experience is hugely beneficial for graduate employability but, if you’re studying marketing and can’t stand maths are you really going to apply for a financial analyst role; just to land some experience? This is a full time role, make sure you are going to enjoy it. After all, this is good practice as post-graduation you will spend the majority of your time at work / in a full time role.

5. Be yourself.

Don’t lie or exaggerate the truth, employers can find out and will request certificates of your information. If you’ve said on your CV that you achieved a first class grade in your first year but really it’s a high 2:1, you will be caught out. Also, don’t use language or express yourself in a way that you wouldn’t normally do.

 – Beth Barnham

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