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Get hired (six steps)

1. Welcome

Welcome to Get Hired

Welcome to Get Hired at Southampton Solent University. If you are a final year student or graduate looking for work, Get Hired is here to help. We understand that deciding on a career path can be a stressful process. While Get Hired concentrates on helping graduates find graduate work, we also want to let you know how you can explore other options. Our six step guide is designed to make it easier.

Because getting a job is not always straightforward, you can revisit each of the stages as many times as you need or get in touch with one of our advisers for further guidance and advice.

  • Visit Solent Futures in RM001
  • Register on Solent Graduate Jobs
  • Search for jobs and set up alerts
  • Update your LinkedIn Profile
  • Attend workshops on interviews and more
  • Look on the Portal for advice and support 


Need more help?

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Tel: 023 8201 3883

2. Who are you?

Who are you?

Take some time to think about your interests, personality style, values and skills as they relate to possible career choices.

Doing a career self-assessment can help you to identify all the key information about yourself.

What do YOU want to do?

You might be surprised at all the options that are available to you with your degree.

If you are still not sure what you want to do, career-matching software can help you to explore and expand your job ideas.

Set yourself goals

Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality.

Personal branding

Here are a few things you can do to manage your personal brand:

  • Be clear about the image you intend to project. If you have more than one message you run the risk of confusing people about what you are all about.
  • Make certain your brand message is consistent across all platforms. For instance, your CV and LinkedIn profile must be in sync.
  • Back up any broad statements with objective proof. Show numbers, dates, etc. of what you have done that backs up your claim.
  • Keep it brief. Can you state your value proposition in ten words or less? If not, you run the risk of being forgettable.

Need more help?

Get in touch with a careers adviser if you want to talk through your options in a one-to-one guidance appointment.

3. Job search

Job search

To start your job search we recommend signing up to Solent Graduate Jobs - Southampton Solent University's own graduate job search website.

Solent Graduate Jobs

Solent Futures have compiled a list of general graduate recruitment websites below. Many will let you sign up for tailored job alerts by putting in your choice of career area. There are also specialist jobs websites tailored to specific employment fields.

General recruitment websites

Specialist recruitment websites

Using LinkedIn in your job search

A survey conducted by Mbaonline found that 10,200,000 people got their job through LinkedIn.


Networking is a powerful tool to help your job search. It is about sharing knowledge and expertise to help your personal and professional development. Expanding your contacts may lead to work experience or work shadowing, or even graduate jobs.


4. Applying for jobs

Applying for jobs

Job applicationCV tips

Target your CV and covering letter/ email to the company and the job you are applying for. This doesn't mean a completely new CV for each job - just a different emphasis on skills and experience.

Employability and Enterprise have produced a great step-by-step guide to writing a CV and application.

Application techniques

Many graduate jobs require you to complete application forms. Employers regularly tell us that they bin hundreds of applications due to: 

  • Poor spelling and grammar.
  • Not completing all the sections.
  • Providing opinion rather than evidence.
  • Obvious cutting and pasting from other applications.

Using social media

Employers are increasingly looking at your social media profile as well. At a minimum, you should be building a LinkedIn profile. This profile can also be used as a CV builder. So, keep your profile up to date and you'll always have an up to date CV!

5. Interview process

Interview process

Our one word tip for interviews is prepare! Prepare by researching the company, practicing answers to questions, and organising practical things like your outfit and transport. Remember that it isn't a one-way process, you should use it as an opportunity to find out whether the role would be a good fit for you, as well as the other way around.

Keep reading for brief advice. The link below goes to more detailed information on our main portal pages. 

6. Further options

Further options

Keep goingConsider updating your CV

Think outside the box: just because you graduated with a degree in maths doesn't mean you have to teach maths or work in finance. What transferable skills, extra training, and volunteer experience do you have?

You may have the necessary skills to get your dream job, but no employer knows that unless you make them stand out on your CV.

Postgraduate study

Will a postgraduate degree improve your employment options? This varies by sector, so get some impartial advice before committing to further study. Book an appointment with a careers adviser online through or graduates can email Solent graduates get a discount on postgraduate courses at Southampton Solent University.

Support for start-up business

We offer funding, advice and support for students and graduates with an idea for a business they want to start, or a new business they want to grow. Email to find out more details. Here are some top tips if you are a Solent graduate starting your own business:

  • Visit Solent Futures in RM001
  • Attend start-up business workshops
  • Arrange a meeting with a Business Adviser
  • Write your business plan
  • Pitch for funding
  • Look on the Portal for advice and support 

Prepare yourself as best as possible

Take advantage of our online tools and advice that can help you in your job search.

Remember that you can book a careers guidance appointment after leaving Solent by emailing These appointments can be used to discuss options like postgraduate study or discussing how to get the most from a gap year.

Keep looking

Don't give up the search. Register on Solent Graduate Jobs for all the latest job opportunities. Finding employment can be like a full-time job, but the harder you work at it, the better your chances are of getting a start on a good career. Good luck!


See also...

  • Solent Graduate JobsSolent Graduate Jobs

    Solent Graduate Jobs is Solent University’s own job search website. Register to access hundreds of great jobs and receive daily alerts of opportunities relevant to you.

  • Careers advice

    Get in touch with a careers adviser to talk through your options in a confidential, impartial guidance appointment. Available up to three years after leaving university.

  • The drop in desk

    Our Employability and Enterprise advisers can help with CVs, applications, funding, work and more. Stop by the Mountbatten Library Monday to Friday between 10am-4pm.


Page last updated on Tuesday 18 April 2017 at 11.52am.


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