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Why you should always target your CV

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Career Rock‘ by Louise Smith

This week Beth Leslie from Inspiring Interns is talking about why you should target your CV to the job and company you’re applying for and gives some useful tips on how to go about this.

Let’s be honest, job hunting is not fun. The path to that fulfilling and high-paying career of your dreams is strewn with obstacles, from all the other applicants you have to compete against, to the fact that some job openings never get advertised.

With opportunities scarce and competition fierce, many graduates are trying to up the odds by applying to every role they come across. They bung across the same CV and cover letter, cross their fingers… and get rejected 99% of the time.

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Staying safe online in your job search

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Who’s been using my phone? by Chris Isherwood. Image licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

As with most things, job hunting these days is largely done online.  Whilst the connectedness and ease of finding information online is undoubtedly useful, care is needed with how you approach your online job search.

There are many career-related advantages to living in such a connected World and we talk a lot about the ways social media and other online platforms can help you; from networking, to exploring career ideas, to developing your own professional presence, among many others.

As with most things, there is also a potential flip-side.  With recent reports mentioning a huge increase in the number of job related scams, and that many of these target students and graduates particularly, we thought some advice on things to be aware of is timely. Continue reading

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Resilience: The Most Important Thing You Can Take From Your Job Applications

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In this post, we are discussing resilience, and why it is such an important skill to take from your placement, internship or graduate job search. It’s a skill that is not only useful in the job-hunt process and professional life, but in day-to-day life as well. Read on to find out why.

The job-hunt process – a thought to strike fear into any sane finalist. For many students, job applications will be their first experience of real, actual failure. You thought that stellar academics and hard work would land you the job of your dreams. But the real world is more complex than that and, fifty applications down the line, things aren’t looking good. You feel lost and powerless; the last thing you want to do is write another cover letter.

The answer? Knuckle down and get on with it. Because the first thing this experience should teach you is the importance of resilience.

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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.

How to use social media for job hunting

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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International Students – Working after your studies

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Gaining employment after graduation can be difficult but particularly so for international graduates who need immigration permission. To be in the best possible position, you should start planning early. In this post Careers Adviser Laura Blackledge provides advice for international students who wish to remain in the UK once their studies have ended

Research – You need to research the types of organisations you would like to work for and ensure that you are gaining the relevant experience and skills to meet their requirements. Employers are looking for people who have the right combination of skills, qualities, knowledge and experience. They employ proactive graduates who have made the most of their time at university by working, volunteering and taking part in student activities.  Continue reading

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How I got my placement at a Geotechnical and Environment Consultancy

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Alex Edward, studying Geological Sciences, has recently started an industrial placement at Sirius Geotechnical and Environmental in Leeds.  He will be writing a number of posts for this blog during the course of his placement. In this first post he gives his advice, based on his experience of looking for placements last year, to other students seeking placements.

For the vast majority of my 2nd year, my main focus wasn’t on my university studies. It wasn’t on going out  every night. It wasn’t on one of the various societies I was a member of. It was on trying to secure myself a  placement for a year in industry (although the first and third points did help with the latter). I was mainly  motivated by the fact that I know that work experience, not necessarily degree qualifications, are key to  getting a good graduate position.

I am by no means suggesting don’t bother working hard at uni: Most places require you to have a good  degree, especially in a technical field, but getting experience in your desired field before you graduate I think Continue reading

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