Top Tips for making yourself employable this summer

Top Tips for making yourself employable this summer

So, it’s the summer. We have 1020494 plans. Holidays, BBQs, adventures to the beach, lunch dates, coffee dates, you name it. However, we’ve all been there: the plans start to fade and we start to count down the days until we are back at uni with a ‘purpose’. I hear you asking, but what can I do with my time? How can I make the long summer useful? Fear not, I have you sorted. I am going to explain two easy things you can do to make yourself super employable this coming September. You’ll have graduate employers begging to recruit you.

Top Tips for making yourself employable this summer

Finally sort that CV out.

This seems like a mammoth task. Your CV might have been sitting un-updated since the last time you applied for a job. For all I know, that could be two years ago. By this time, you’ve completed more things that are worthy of a place on your CV. So it needs updating, no question about it.

But how do I go about it? Fear not, I also have you covered. Check out my handy guide ‘How to write a killer CV‘ for all the tips and information to get you started. You’ll have a cracking CV in no time, trust me.

Another tip I would suggest is getting in contact with your Careers Service over the summer to help you with your CV. Just because we go on holiday for 3 months, doesn’t mean the careers staff do. They will still be there to help you with any questions and queries. Plus, you beat the rush of the students in September who haven’t taken my advice and are rushing to get things sorted last minute before all the deadlines hit. Silly them!

Top Tips for making yourself employable this summer

Aptitude Tests

The things all job seekers hate, especially soon to be graduates. Many top jobs require you to initially fill out many aptitude tests before you can even submit an application! These tests range from mathematical ones, for jobs like accountancy or finance-related careers, to situational judgement tests. Each job differs, don’t worry. Regardless, these tests can very easily trip you up if you don’t know what to expect or have some gauge of what might be asked.

That’s why my next piece of advice is buy/borrow a couple of aptitude tests practice books to try and train yourself. Even dedicating 15/20 mins a day to completing one or two questions puts you in an excellent position come September. You’ll have have to swat the job offers away, trust me. You got this.

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Top Tips for making yourself employable this summer

Harriet Swift

Employability Writer. Harriet studies English Literature at the University of Nottingham and writes a weekly column focusing on graduate employment.