Category Archives: Autumn career essentials

Autumn term is a busy time for student and graduate recruitment. These posts focus on key things to be aware of during this busy time.

Job applications: Keep it simple

Claiming excellent written communication skills in your job application? Too many applicants contradict their own claims through poor written communication (and there is more to it than just running a spell-check!) This post outlines why your written style matters and three simple ways to improve it.

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I see a lot of applications, CVs and cover letters in my job as a Careers Consultant.  The quality of these varies massively.  Often I’ll know at first glance that some are sure-fire interview winners, whereas others are unlikely to get past the first sift. Like most recruiters, I tend to skim-read CVs initially to form a quick impression.  Research conducted by The Ladders has shown that recruiters may only look at your CV for a matter of seconds, so a clear and legible format is essential.  Assuming that yours makes it past that first sift, what impression does it create when they actually read it and how can you make sure it stands out? Continue reading

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Stand out at the Autumn Graduate Jobs & Internships Fair

With the Spring Graduate Jobs & Internships happening this Thursday 12th February (11am-3pm in Parkinson Court), we thought it worth re-blogging this post, full of tips about how to get the most out of a fair. To see which employers on attending the fair on Thursday, check out the event page on STARs (note that the link in the original post below takes you to the employer list for the Autumn Fair last October).

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Are you thinking of coming to the Autumn Graduate Jobs & Internships Fair on Monday 13th October? It is a fantastic opportunity to meet representatives from over 100 organisations who are all interested in meeting students like you.  Whether you are still undecided, or if you  are definitely coming, this post outlines how it can help you as well as how you can make the most of it.

Autumn Fair

Who should attend? 

Everyone! Whether you are in your first, middle, or final year and whether you are looking for a first-year insight opportunity, placement, internship or graduate job, there will be organisations there with opportunities for you.

What to expect

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Stand out at the Autumn Graduate Jobs & Internships Fair

Are you thinking of coming to the Autumn Graduate Jobs & Internships Fair on Monday 13th October? It is a fantastic opportunity to meet representatives from over 100 organisations who are all interested in meeting students like you.  Whether you are still undecided, or if you  are definitely coming, this post outlines how it can help you as well as how you can make the most of it.

Autumn Fair

Who should attend? 

Everyone! Whether you are in your first, middle, or final year and whether you are looking for a first-year insight opportunity, placement, internship or graduate job, there will be organisations there with opportunities for you.

What to expect Continue reading

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Leeds Network: Networking know how

Are you looking for some insider tips to help get the job you want or inspiration of what to do with your degree? Leeds student Beth Drury, who is currently undertaking a placement with the University Alumni department, gives you the lowdown on the Leeds Network.

Networking is one of the most effective ways to find out about different career options. The Leeds Network has hundreds of Leeds graduates from all over the world that can provide you with an insight into a particular role, sector or employer, and give you a realistic understanding of what a job is like. You can also find out the sorts of things you may need to consider to prepare for the career of your choice. What is great is all the Network volunteers are Leeds graduates; it is reassuring to know you have common background and experience.

So how can I find alumni that are of interest to me?
The Leeds Network has alumni profiles ranging from freelance radio presenters to directors of Pricewaterhouse Coopers and volunteers are continually being recruited to ensure you find inspiration. There are two search options to find alumni profiles. Continue reading

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Linking in to alumni

Ever wondered what graduates of your degree go on to do?

Or perhaps you know the sort of job you’re interested in and want to know how others got there, or the types of employers you should be looking at?

In this post I outline two useful features of LinkedIn™ that can help you explore these questions, namely LinkedIn Alumni, and Fields of Study.

How LinkedIn™ alumni could help you

There are all sorts of ways in which the alumni feature of LinkedIn™  could help you. I’ve outlined a few key ones below:

1. Inspiration

Browse profiles to find out the range of things graduates of your programme – or the university as a whole – go on to do.

2. Explore career paths Continue reading

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Graduating next year? Considering applying to graduate schemes? Here’s what you need to know….

This post discusses graduate schemes in particular, but these schemes are far from the only option open to you.  If you would like some other ideas, check out this blog post, or talk to us.

What

The term ‘graduate scheme’ generally refers to a structured (usually fixed-term) training programme, typically offered by larger organisations. They are most common in the corporate world, but are also available in other sectors, such as public sector and even in the charity sector.

Why

These opportunities appeal to many students and graduates due to the structured training and often competitive salaries on offer, not to mention the appeal of working for a ‘household name’. Continue reading

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Now is the time!

Jenny, our awesome intern who is a recent Leeds PVAC graduate, gives her tips on making the most of your time at Leeds

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After being in the role of Graduate Intern at the Careers Centre for almost two months now, there are a lot of things I have learnt; not least how exciting having your own desk is! However, by far the biggest lesson I have learnt, and at the risk of sounding like I am preaching, now is the time! Continue reading

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