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About jesscareers

I'm a Careers Consultant working at the University of Leeds Careers Centre. I have a particular interest in social media and its role in career development and management. This is one of the main reasons that I, with my colleague Laura, set up the LeedsUniCareers blog. My role as co-manager of the blog involves recruiting student and staff contributors, publishing content and ensuring that we post regularly! I began my career in recruitment before moving to university careers work and training as a Careers Consultant. Since then, I have worked at a number of different universities, as well as a 3-moth stint as a Volunteer Project Manager in Costa Rica & Nicaragua with the youth development charity, Raleigh International. Outside of work I like travel, live music, walking (proudest achievement completing Yorkshire 3 Peaks in 10 hours!), and am currently attempting to re-learn crochet! :-)

Your careers questions answered #UoLCareerQs

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We were at Freshers fair today and loved speaking to so many of you – at all stages of your studies! We thought it might be useful to answer some of the most common questions we were asked today on the blog, so here they are.

We will also tweet ongoing common questions and advice at #UoLCareerQs and if you’ve got a careers-related question, just tweet us using the hashtag.

Q: What does the Careers Centre do?

We are here to help ALL University of Leeds students with their careers and next steps after university. Whether you’re an undergraduate, a postgraduate or a PhD student; whether you know exactly what you want to do or if you have no idea, we are here to help you.  You can find out more about our services on our website. Continue reading

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Fake it ’til you make it: Confidence & the Charisma Myth

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Consumer Confidence! by Chris & Karen Highland

Do nerves get the better of you in interviews?

Does the thought of networking or giving a presentation fill you with dread?

These are essential elements of job search and selection processes but are things which many of us find terrifying at worst, or simply uncomfortable at best. Confidence – or at least being able to fake it ‘til you make it – will help you excel in these.  In this post I share tips for improving your confidence, through the lens of behaviour expert and author Olivia Fox Cabane’s work on charisma.

As a Careers Consultant, confidence – or lack of it – is one of the things I most often see holding people back.  Whether this be a general lack of self-confidence, or more specific issues around situations like interviews and presentations; how we feel, think about and talk to ourselves are, in my opinion, the biggest influences on confidence. Continue reading

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Use the rule of 3 to give your career an Olympic boost

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Adapted from citius altius fortius. empathy2016. lviv. by Yaroslav F.

As something that I usually mention in interview preparation with students and graduates, I’ve been thinking about writing a post on the rule of 3 for a while. Being reminded of the Olympic motto, with its focus on aiming high and continuous improvement, this weekend prompted me to get it written.

The Olympic motto; “Citius, Altius, Fortius”, meaning “Faster, Higher, Stronger”, is one example of the rule of 3. Think how often popular phrases, soundbites from famous speeches or advertising slogans are comprised of 3 words or parts.

You can find examples in pretty much any area of life, Continue reading

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3 ways LinkedIn can help you find potential employers: Part 3

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This is the final post in our 3-part mini series outlining 3 key ways LinkedIn can help you find potential employers, whether this be for jobs, experience or placements.

You may already have a dream employer in mind, but are struggling to identify similar organisations to broaden your options.  This can be particularly difficult if your interests are quite niche. This post shows how you can use two features of LinkedIn to do this.

Part 1 of the series outlines how the advanced people search function can help you identify potential employers.

Part 2 of the series outlines how you can use the company search feature to identify employers by location and sector.

Whether you’re looking for experience, placements or a graduate job, it can sometimes be hard to identify potential relevant employers.  This is particularly so if you’re looking outside of the large multi-national organisations. Opportunities with other types of employers, or in other sectors, may not be as widely advertised, and many people actually find jobs and experience by pro-actively approaching employers of interest on a speculative basis. Continue reading

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3 ways LinkedIn can help you find relevant employers: Part 2

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This is the 2nd post in our 3-part mini series outlining 3 key ways LinkedIn can help you find potential employers, whether this be for jobs, experience or placements.

This post outlines how you can use the company search feature to identify employers by location and sector. Part 1 of the series outlines how the advanced people search function can help you identify potential employers.

Whether you’re looking for experience, placements or a graduate job, it can sometimes be hard to identify potential relevant employers.  This is particularly so if you’re looking outside of the large multi-national organisations. Opportunities with other types of employers, or in other sectors, may not be as widely advertised, and many people actually find jobs and experience by pro-actively approaching employers of interest on a speculative basis. In this 3-part mini series, we’ll show you 3 easy ways you can leverage LinkedIn to identify potential employers of interest.

You may be interested in a particular sector/s and location/s.  This is a great, and useful, starting point to begin researching potential employers.  LinkedIn is one of many ways you can start to do this. Continue reading

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3 ways LinkedIn can help you find relevant employers: Part 1

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Whether you’re looking for experience, placements or a graduate job, it can sometimes be hard to identify potential relevant employers.  This is particularly so if you’re looking outside of the large multi-national organisations. Opportunities with other types of employers, or in other sectors, may not be as widely advertised, and many people actually find jobs and experience by pro-actively approaching employers of interest on a speculative basis. In this 3-part mini series, we’ll show you 3 easy ways you can leverage LinkedIn to identify potential employers of interest.

You can view part 2 here and Part 3 here.

In this first post, I’m going to outline how the ‘Advanced people search’ function of LinkedIn can help you to identify potential employers. This is particularly useful if you have an idea of the type of role in which you’re interested.  If you have a sector of interest, but aren’t sure on what types of job there are, you can also use the advanced search function of LinkedIn to help.  See our short video tutorial for how to do this. Continue reading

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Making the most of your placement

Whether you’re getting some shorter-term experience over the summer, or embarking on a year-long placement, here are some must-dos to ensure you get the most out of the experience.

1. Think about your objectives

OK, so your main objective may just have been to get some work experience, but now that you have it, you want to make the most of it.  Thinking about what you want from the experience will help you enjoy it and make it worthwhile for you (as well as for the host organisation). For example: Continue reading

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