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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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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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5 mistakes to avoid in your placement search

Saad1Saad Ali is a final year student doing an integrated masters (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering. He is also currently working part-time at Slipstream Engineering Design and has completed a number of placements throughout his time at Leeds. In this article, he shares his experience of applying to placements and advice on how to make the best of your time at university.

  1. Not spending enough time on applications

After sending numerous applications without any success, one day sat in a career’s lecture, I realised that I probably spend more time deciding what to watch on Netflix than I do my applications. My first ‘proper’ application took me 40 hours to write, it was a form with two questions for internship at Toyota Boshoku in Japan.

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Visit to Kinkakuji Castle with a fellow intern during my placement in Japan

 

I went over it several times, and got help from my Faculty Employability team and the Careers Centre, to ensure each sentence was as concise as it could be whilst delivering my knowledge of the company and industry, and demonstrating how my skills aligned with the job role. It eventually secured me my immensely rewarding and ‘life-changing’ summer placement! Continue reading

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Job application video tips

Have you been asked to submit a video as part of a job application? Read on for our top tips to help you create a winning video. Note this is different to a video interview. If you’re looking for tips on video interviews, see this post from an employer and this post with our tips.

Many employers now ask applicants to submit a video as part of the recruitment process.  We are aware of companies from all sorts of sectors doing so, ranging from perhaps the more obvious (PR, Marketing, Media) to the less so (including Estate Agents, Cosmetics and FMCG brands), to the downright unusual (e.g. First Choice’s Water Slide Tester recruitment, which a Leeds student eventually landed, helped by this video entry).

You may be given specific instructions about what is expected from your video Continue reading

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CVs and Covering Letters: All the Help You Need

So you need experience to have a good chance of securing that longed-for graduate job… But to get an internship, you have to write an application. In this blog post our student blogger, Rebekah Billingham, talks you through how the Careers Centre has helped her get to grips with applications.

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Once I came to terms with the fact that I needed to apply for internships, I had to figure out where to start. Still finding my feet in my second ever semester at uni is challenging enough, let alone getting down to the nitty gritty of job applications, which is another thing I’m pretty inexperienced with. The Careers Centre has been a life saver in more ways than one. Having taken advantage of a lot of their services, I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere. Continue reading

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How I got my job: Research and Leadership Scholarship summer placement

If you’re considering a summer placement this year, why not look in to a Research and Leadership scholarship? That’s just what Karolis Velicka did, here he tells you how he made his summer placement happen!

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I am currently a second year Computer Science student and I have been awarded the Research and Leadership Scholarship by the University of Leeds. This scholarship is available in many departments of the university and is a great opportunity for anyone looking to do something extraordinary with their summer – the scholarship comes with two paid summer placements. For me the best thing is that the topic of your placement is entirely up to you, as long as it is in your department of study! Continue reading

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Your Job Search post 2013 graduation

Graduated this year? Still searching for a job? Perhaps this post from our Careers Consultant Richard Lidwell will help.

graduationIt’s now almost six months since you graduated, and Christmas is around the corner.

If you’re still seeking your first graduate job, this could be the point where you may need to spend some time considering where you’ve got to in the job hunt, and evaluating this. Continue reading

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