8 Steps to Keeping Organised During Your Placement Hunt

  1. Keep a planner

What are you applying for? When did you apply for them? What stage of the process are you currently at? These are all key to tracking how far along in the process you are, how many applications you have gone through, and how you can learn from them in terms of what might have gone wrong

  1. Search & find the roles you want to apply for in advance

Similar to keeping a planner, it is important to find the roles relative to your search, and apply as soon as you can, employers have it at their discretion to take down any live jobs as and when they have their quota

  1. Schedule time to apply for roles

Set aside an hour a week to look at roles extending that week, and schedule which roles you are going to apply for and when

  1. Prepare productively

Once you have an invite to an interview or assessment centre, concentrate on preparing for that rather than spending lots of time applying for lots more jobs

  1. Utilize the 2-minute-rule

If you want to apply to your ideal placement but don’t know how to get started, just spend two minutes writing a couple of lines of what you have worked on, achieved, conquered, experienced etc., and you’ll soon have a full page of content to put into a CV. Bring this along to a 1:1 session with the Placement Service and BAM, here’s your first CV.

  1. Take time out

OK, so you might have applied to 64 placements this week but you NEED time out. I know it’s stressful and you may not be able to park up your mind for the night, but trust me, if you want to come back refreshed and ready to go again, take a weekend off!

  1. Build a routine

Build a schedule and a routine of when you are going to search for jobs, when you are going to create the content for them (i.e. CV and Cover Letter), and when are you going to forward them on to the employer. Also, remember that you may need to seek advice from your Placement Mentor, the Placement Service, or look online at resources, social media and blogs. Do you know when you can fit all of this in, right alongside your studies? If not, then get to work; dedicate time out of your week for each task.

  1. Create a network of searchers

Having so much content to write, questions to answer, and different kinds of CV’s to draft can get kind of lonely. Join the placement society, find people on your course looking for placements at similar companies – you never know you may end up working at the same company and needing accommodation…at least you’ll know at least someone. The benefit of this is that you can help each other out and give one another the support where it’s needed.

 

– Beth Barnham

 

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