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Job-searching tips

Students in a library. Photo: Johan Bävman.

Get help from Lund University’s Careers Service

As a student at Lund University, you have access to careers support including seminars on various themes and the careers portal MyCareer. You are welcome to use the University’s Careers Service for support and advice when it’s time to start looking for a job.

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Get in contact with employers

Digital channels are becoming increasingly important when it comes to contacting potential employers. LinkedIn is a digital network through which you can get in touch with companies, organisations and individuals. It can be a good idea to familiarise yourself with the tool. How can you maximise your visibility? And what is important to bear in mind when designing your profile and contacting organisations and people? Examples of other digital networks you can use are Lund University’s careers portal MyCareer and the University’s alumni network.

Another way of getting into contact with potential employers is through your personal network – tell friends and acquaintances that you are looking for a job. Also keep an eye out for careers fairs where you can meet representatives from various companies and organisations.

Write a good CV

A well-composed CV is a good and important basis in looking for a job. Start working on your CV while you are still studying, by finding a good CV template and adding content to it as you go along. By working on your CV, you practise describing your expertise and seeing which of your experiences to highlight when applying for different jobs.

Describe your expertise and experiences

In your CV, it is important that you clearly highlight your expertise and tell potential employers what you can contribute. Why should they employ you, in particular? What experiences do you have that are relevant to the position? In addition to your subject knowledge, you may have several generic skills that employers value highly. These skills could be managing projects, organising events, collaborating with others or presenting results. Highlight the expertise that is relevant to the position you are applying for. If you also have relevant professional experience, you should highlight it at the top of your CV.

Describe your education

Once you have listed your qualifications and how you can help your potential employer, you should describe your education. There are studies showing that the significance of the applicant’s degree only makes up a small part of the employer’s total assessment when employing someone. At the same time, a degree may be a requirement to be considered for many positions. It is therefore a good idea for you to obtain your degree certificate and mention it in your CV.

Get input on your CV

When you have completed your CV and your personal cover letter, it can be a good idea to ask for input from people in professional life. They can help you to see your CV from the perspective of an employer.

Starting your own business

Do you have a good idea you want to work on putting into practice? In that case, you may want to invest in starting your own company. As a student at Lund University, you can get help from VentureLab to make your idea into a reality.

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