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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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What is LinkedIn? An introduction for students and graduates

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We were recently approached by some students from the Business school who produce a newsletter – e-Financial – which aims to help keep students up to date with the latest business news.  They asked for an interview about LinkedIn to include in the first edition of their newsletter.  As these questions were posed by students, we thought this feature might also be of interest to other students so are re-publishing their article here with their permission.  You can find out more about e-financial, including ways to contribute and sign up to their newsletter, on their Facebook page

1. What is networking and how does it benefit your career?

A simple definition of a network in this context, provided by Oxforddictionaries.com is

“A group of people who exchange information and contacts for professional or social purposes:”

So networking simply means interacting with your network to exchange information and contacts. It is especially useful to notice the use of the word ‘social’ in this definition.  Networking is something we all do everyday, whenever we interact with anyone else. Networking in career terms Continue reading

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Commercial awareness and career motivation

Heard the terms commercial awareness and career motivation but not sure what they are?  Here our Director, Bob Gilworth gives us an insight into what these terms mean and how you can develop them.

Consistent feedback tells us that the two most common causes of candidate failure in graduate selection processes are perceived lack of: commercial awareness and career motivation. These are often the key differentiators between applicants who are otherwise similarly qualified with similar evidence of transferable skills such as problem solving, communication and teamwork. Continue reading

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How to ace that Skype interview

Skype interviews are becoming more and more popular with employers. For many people it can be a scary thought having an interview through video correspondence in the comfort of your own home. A lot of questions about the process can run through your head. Therefore we have put together a few tips to hopefully provide some answers to them Continue reading

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