Category Archives: Job Market

Posts on all things job-market related; whether this be general trends in student and graduate recruitment, advice on how to explore the graduate job market or how to compete well in it.

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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Why should I consider working for a startup?

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Sophie, Head of Marketing at Talent Pool, tells us why working in a small business is a great opportunity to consider for a graduate, and one that shouldn’t be overlooked.

It might come as a surprise to many to learn that the percentage of UK graduates who end up working for one of the well-known graduate employers is under 20%. Our recent research shows that there has been a significant shift in the type of role that graduates seek when they leave university, with over 50% of recent graduates now wanting to work for startups.

So, why are graduates moving away from traditional roles and what opportunities can startups offer to them? At TalentPool, we’ve come up the top 5 reasons why we’d recommend working for a startup: Continue reading

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How I got my job as a writer

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Christopher Beanland is a freelance writer and works in arts journalism. Here he explains how he got into writing, why he does it and offers expert advice for anyone who has the same aspirations!  

The background

I’m a writer. It’s the only thing I ever really wanted to do (apart from when I was 8 and wanted to be a footballer) and it’s the only thing I’m any good at. It’s sort of a compulsion – something I’d do even if I didn’t get paid for it (and many times you don’t, just like this blog!) If you’re determined to make it in a creative field – whether it’s painting or photography or dancing or acting, I’m sure you’ll know this feeling. I don’t have an employer – people insist on saying ‘Are you freelance?’ and I just reply ‘Yes’ though I think it makes it all sound a bit businessy, which it very much isn’t. I write novels – in fact I started my first novel called Spinning Out of Control while I was in the Edward Boyle Library. My new one called The Wall in The Head  features Leeds University as a location, mostly because I have such terrific, fond memories of being there.

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How Recruitment Consultancies Can Help You Land Your STEM Graduate Job

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This week, Mark Bradford from STEM graduates tells us about the help recruitment consultancies can provide you with in your graduate job search. He also speaks of the ‘hidden job market’ and how you can go about uncovering it! 

2015 saw an 11.9% rise in graduate-level jobs, yet competition for entry-level positions within STEM industries remained noticeably fierce. With High Fliers predicting a 7.5% increase in graduate recruitment through 2016 it is therefore crucial to devise a strategic approach to a graduate job hunt and working alongside a graduate recruitment agency is a great way of immediately casting a wider net of potential employers that relate directly to your degree subject.

So what are the main advantages of working with a gradate recruitment agency such as STEM Graduates from the point of view of a candidate?

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How we got our jobs in healthcare research

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This week, Alice and Liv, both psychology graduates, tell us about how they secured their placements with the Yorkshire and Quality Safety Team This team conduct research into how to to solve patient safety problems. The offer some great insights into this field and include top tips for anyone who is thinking about going on placmement.

Alice: Liv and I, both of us coming from Psychology degrees- work as Research and Implementation Assistants for the Yorkshire and Quality Safety Team. This team is made up of researchers who aim to develop and evaluate innovative solutions to patient safety problems. Our role within this is very diverse but primarily we work to support the team in their various projects. This has meant getting involved at all stages of the research process, from reviewing literature, to going into hospitals and conducting the research to then analysing data.

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How I got my job in the language industry

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Amy Robinson graduated with a BA in French and Portuguese and now works at Andiamo! as a Project Manager. Here, she tells us how she got into the industry and includes some expert hints and tips.

The Background

My name is Amy and I am a Project Manager at Andiamo! Language Services ltd. I have been working for Andiamo! for about 18 months now, however during my first year in the company I actually worked as a Vendor Controller, meaning that I was responsible for recruiting new translators and interpreters for our database of suppliers, as well as lending a hand to the Projects team and preparing smaller quotations.

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