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March 01, 2016
Day 1: Allow enough time - how to get started now
By: Nicola Campbell

Applying for graduate positions doesn’t need to be a daunting task, as long as you allow yourself enough time to pull together a strong application.

During that time you should carefully examine the application criteria – and start preparing and gathering any relevant documents required (such as academic transcripts) – before pulling together a solid CV and strong statement regarding what you can offer.

Be sure to read the application criteria and get across exactly what you’ll need, well before the cut-off date. Ensure you actually qualify to apply for such positions, and identify the professional skills you’ll need in order to be successful.

Make notes in your diary to remind yourself of pending due dates. You don’t want to find yourself unable to track down particular documents in time to meet the deadline.

From there, allow plenty of time to develop your CV (or to tailor an already developed CV to meet the application criteria) and to hand it to a friend to check over. Meanwhile, ensure the referees you target to include in your CV are given enough time to ask any questions they might have about the role you’re applying for.

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