It probably doesn't need to be reiterated but the job market isn’t at its best at the moment. Despite firing off multiple applications each day, graduates often don’t receive a reply from companies, let alone a job offer.
However, to mutilate a well-known idiom, if you can’t join them, beat them at their own game: make such a good impression that they’ll be begging you to come and work for them.
This may not sound feasible, but companies do sometimes create roles specifically to cater to a certain candidate’s specific skill set. Community Energy Scotland have recently welcomed University of Edinburgh graduate Kirsten MacDonald, who completed a Masters degree in Physics, to the team – where she will be working in the newly created role of Assistant Development Officer in the Western Isles.
Nicholas Gubbins, CEO of Community Energy Scotland, emphasised that they are keen to “provide opportunities for young graduates to return to their home community in a role which allows them to fulfil their full potential”.
So, how to go about impressing a company so much that they feel they cannot possibly reach their full potential without you? The first thing to do is to secure an internship with them, and once you’re there, apply the following criteria:
Be enthusiastic. Being passionate, enthusiastic and willing to do any task that might come your way is pivotal to making a good impression. Employers value candidates who genuinely care about their trainee jobs.
Get to know your colleagues. If the people you work with are saying nice things about you, the chances are you’re more likely to be offered a job than the intern who sits in the corner and doesn't make an effort to socialise.
Perform to the best of your capabilities. Get involved, be engaging and take on extra responsibility – the more you do, the more opportunities you have to shine and show them what you’re made of. If you get stuck, don’t be afraid to ask for help – it’s the best way to learn.