Careers Advice

How to crack the Easter placement hunt

With universities and offices winding down during the holidays, Easter is an eggcellent time to crack on with the hunt for your perfect placement. Our guide reveals how.

Published: 10/04/2017

Omelette you in on a secret – the key to making the most of your placement search is to be proactive. Use the little bit of eggs-tra free time you have over the Easter break to step up your hunt, following these simple steps.

Hatch a plan

Before you dive in to sending applications here, there and everywhere, think carefully about what you want from your placement. Consider what you need to do to land it, and lay out a plan of action. It might be spending an hour one day crafting the perfect CV, researching an organisation, or perfecting your interview technique, but by having a thought-out plan, you’ll avoid wasting time and will give yourself a better chance of beating the competition.

Come out of your shell

In your LinkedIn profile, application and interview, you should be confident about your experience and skills. Whether you developed your expertise through university, extra-curricular activities, internships or employment, it’s all valid. Check out our guide on identifying transferrable skills to whisk potential employers off their feet.

Poach ideas

The ScotGrad careers advice section has a free range of great blogs to keep your job hunt on the boil. Industry organisations and spokespeople are always commenting on the latest developments and insight, so by following them on social media and reading trade news, you’ll give yourself an advantage and rule the roost

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

We all have to cope with rejection at some stage in our careers, so it’s always good to have a back-up plan. While you should tailor your application and CV to each role you’re applying for, you shouldn’t be disheartened if it doesn’t work out. It might feel rotten at first, but keep up the hunt and you’ll eventually land sunny-side up.

Don’t get scrambled

While looking for the perfect placement should form part of your routine, it’s important not to let it take over your life or get you down. If you feel overwhelmed or stressed, don’t just soldier on, take a break and give your brain time to un-scramble.  

Have a great Easter!