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What To Do If You Graduated Without A Job?

Cristina Pucci

Graduating without a job is never easy. You’ve likely invested all of your time and energy in university, applied for everything you could think of, and now the reality has set in that getting your first job is not as easy as it seemed.

Don’t worry, though! In this guide, we will explore various options and look at what to do if you graduate without a job.

How To Change Your Situation After Graduating Without a Job

It is common for graduates to have difficulty finding a job after university. The good news is that there are many ways to change your situation. Let’s look at what you can do:

Change Your Mindset

When it comes to finding a job, many people feel that they are at a disadvantage because of their lack of experience or their young age. However, your age or inexperience should not put you off achieving your goals.

So when you next apply for a job, do it with confidence, knowing that even if you lack certain skills, you will do your best to improve.

Network as Often As You Can

Networking is still a vital part of the process when it comes to job-hunting. For example, you could talk to your former university professors and ask for advice on job searching.  

In addition, let family members and friends know you're job hunting - they may be able to help out in some way.

Apply For Jobs on LinkedIn

If you're not sure what to do after graduating from university without a job, LinkedIn may certainly help.

LinkedIn is a fantastic platform with tens of thousands of experts in various fields. Setting up a professional profile on LinkedIn and demonstrating your experience might help you stand out in the employment market.

Don’t Spend The Entire Day Job Hunting

Spending 8 hours a day job hunting can be counterproductive. You might end up applying for any job, no matter how unsuitable or uninteresting it may be for you.

Instead, set a target of applying for 10 jobs per day and take your time to identify companies that might benefit from your skills and that, in return, provide growth opportunities.

Attend Career Fairs

Career fairs offer opportunities for graduates and employers to network and develop potential working relationships.

At The UK Careers Fair, we run these events all over the UK and have witnessed thousands of graduates make their dreams come true.

Check our events page to see when our next fair is.

Perfect Your CV and Cover Letter

When applying for a job, make sure you're presenting yourself in the best possible light. You should invest time in crafting a great CV and cover letter that highlight both your skills and personality.

By doing this, you'll make a great impression on potential employers and increase your chances of landing the job!


Finding a job right out of university can be tricky. You may feel like you're at a disadvantage because you don't have any experience. But as you can see, there are things you can do to get out of this situation.

Talk to everyone you know – family, friends, former professors, etc. Let them know that you're looking for a job and see if they know of any openings.

Time, hard work and patience will pay off!

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