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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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How I got my job as a social media intern

 

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Here, Leeds Psychology student Zoe Thatcher tells us all about how she landed an internship as a social media intern.

After realising that my CV was a little dull (pretty much consisting of waitressing jobs and a few fluffed-up school events roles) I decided I needed to land an internship; something to add a little sparkle to my CV and to give me some insight into what I actually want to do (because running around chasing steak orders all my life isn’t quite what I had planned…). I left this idea in the back of my mind while I went on holiday to Barcelona Continue reading

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Get inspired: Student Engagement Showcase 2015

Daniel Davis is a 3rd Year Neuroscience BSc student and is doing an internship as Student Engagement Event Coordinator. In this post he outlines the fantastic Student Engagement Showcase event, taking place this Wednesday, 25th November, which is open to all students and staff at the University of Leeds.

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When I started university, the most common phrase I heard was ‘Make the most of it, it goes so quickly’ and it is 100% true. Now in my final year Neuroscience BSc, it seems like yesterday that I first moved into halls of residence yet now I am preparing my final year dissertation! It goes so quickly you have to grab every opportunity possible, and the University of Leeds offers an extraordinary amount of opportunities for both inside and out of your degree.

My latest project is an internship within the University as one of the Event Coordinators for the Student Engagement Showcase. This one-afternoon extravaganza celebrates the immense diversity of opportunities available for students; from internships to volunteering, research, societies and course reps to Leeds for Life. All are amazing ways for students to get involved in the running of the University and gain some invaluable experience for the future. Continue reading

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How I got my placement – Energy Efficiency in a Building Engineering Company

Anastacia Kruglova is a BSc Environmental Science student, currently on a year in industry with Building Engineering Company, Couch Perry Wilkes. Here she shares her experiences of searching for and securing a placement, along with her tips for other students.

My name is Anastacia and this year I am undertaking a placement year in CouchPerryWilkes engineering company as a part of my BSc Environmental Science. Some of my duties include thermal modelling of buildings, low-carbon technologies application and assessment of energy efficiency. Initially, I had not really considered working in the Engineering sector, however, thanks to my placement I have realised that there are lots of sectors where such a degree like mine can be applied. A placement is a fantastic opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge, gain vital skills and build networks. All these and many other perks might arise thanks to placement. There are lots of good placements out there, however, I found that it can take a while to find a good one. Continue reading

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Mix it up: 5 ways to get work experience this summer

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Is getting some work experience on your agenda for this summer? It should be, as employers are increasingly citing this as one of the most important things they look for in graduate recruits. This needn’t be a chore nor does it have to take up much of your summer, but using a variety of different approaches will really pay off. Read on for our quick and simple tips on how to go about it.

As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life and this applies when looking for work experience too (or jobs for that matter).  You may have been searching for and applying to advertised opportunities already.  This is definitely worthwhile, but in addition to applying for advertised roles it is also good to mix it up and use a variety of approaches in your search. So what else can you do? Continue reading

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How To Use Social Media For Job Hunting

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Welcome to the follow up post from Cat Smith, here she gives some tips on how to make the most of social media to help with your job search.

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As part of my placement year, I managed the social media accounts for RateMyPlacement.co.uk a site dedicated to finding and promoting the best placement and internship schemes out there. As a long time lover of Twitter and all things social I want to share with you some of my top tips on how to put the undisputed tools of the procrastination trade to good use. #Awesome!

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Top Tips On How To Secure A Placement!

 

Cat is currently a final year student at University of Leeds, and has recently completed a placement with Rate my Placement.  Below she gives advice on how to look for placements.

My name’s Cat, I’m a fourth year (eek!) Geography student and have recently returned to the scary world of referencing, seminars and turnitin after a year of working as a marketing assistant at RateMyPlacement.co.uk.

If you haven’t heard of the website before, essentially, it’s a one stop shop for work experience. They work with around 250 employers to help find students placements, internships, vacation schemes and insights.

Securing my own role, recruiting the following year’s placement students and working for a website dedicated to placements, I’ve managed to pick up a few nuggets of information along the way which I want to share with you on how to make your job hunt as effective as possible!

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Prepare for the Law Fair

Careers Fairs allow students to meet a range of employers and learn what they are looking for in their future employees. If you are undecided about a career, they are an opportunity to explore and learn more about your options. If you have already decided on a career, meeting with employers at the fair enables you to gain further information about that organisation which can really make a difference in your application.
Chances are that the recruiter you meet at the fair will be involved in recruiting you so it is really important to make a great first impression. We run several ‘Preparing for the Careers Fair’ skills sessions throughout the year Continue reading

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