The next step: 4 things every entry-level job seeker should do

In August, Apprentice Eye reported that high levels of university graduates are outstripping the creation of highly-skilled jobs, meaning that there is now even more competition in the job market for  outgoing apprentices.

So what can you do to ensure that you get a job that matches your talents after your apprenticeship? Follow these four simple instructions and you’ll be taking your pick of the best jobs out there.

Get a great reference

During your apprenticeship, chances are that you’ve forged some decent working relationships with your employers. Once your time is up at your job, don’t leave without getting your boss to write you a reference.

Once you gain a note of recommendation, you will be able to attach it to your CV, job application and LinkedIn profile.

By reading something that comes from a fellow business owner, your potential employers will take notice of your CV. They’ll  to see that you are someone who works hard, and that you’re someone to rely on. You’ll have a distinct advantage over university graduates in terms of references, because chances are, your competitors haven’t got the experience within a workplace that you do.

Reinforce your CV

As you’ve already been in the workplace for at least a year, your apprenticeship experiences will come in handy when writing your CV.

Show off the skills, techniques and qualifications that you picked up during your apprenticeship.

What did you learn as an apprentice? How has your apprenticeship prepared you for a full time job? What qualities do you have which can’t be found in a university student? These are all questions that you should be answering in your CV or personal description.

Become a job board connoisseur

Once you write your CV, the next thing you have to do is to get your name out there.

Upload your CV to a number of different job boards in order to attract the attention of recruiters and employees.

Monster, JobServe, CWjobs and Reed are just a handful of job sites out there which offer opportunities for apprentices. Sites like The Big Choice constantly offer roles for those who have just finished their apprenticeship.

Networking is the key

If job boards aren’t quite working out for you, go back to good old fashioned networking during your job search.

LinkedIn and its specific job search application are two great tools that can help you connect with a potential employer.

If you see a job that is right for you on LinkedIn Jobs, chances are that hundreds of people have applied for the same role. But how many of those people will then try and talk to the employer after handing in their application?

By sending a friendly message to the employer, it will make your application stand out from the rest and insinuate that you’re a hard working individual who will do anything to get this job.