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Class of 2018: Getting the most out of the ‘hidden job market’

 

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This piece was written for Class of 2018 Month by Alex Proctor, a Careers Adviser at the University of Leeds Careers Centre.

“It’s not what you know, but who you know.” It’s a common phrase; a cliché even, but it’s one all graduates should bear in mind when undertaking their job search. The importance of contacts in any industry shouldn’t be understated, because the ‘hidden job market’ does exist.

My success story

I was fortunate enough to benefit from the hidden job market when trying to break into the world of Careers Advice and Guidance. While on a placement within the sector, I put time into developing professional relationships with two senior managers outside of my team. As a result, they went on to offer me a further unadvertised role.

Admittedly I wasn’t an expert for this particular job, and needed a lot of training to undertake the day-to-day responsibilities, but by demonstrating my networking abilities, enthusiasm for the sector and transferable skills, I managed to crack the hidden job market. Without working on my professional contacts, I might not have been fortunate enough to gain this experience, which I am still developing in my role at present.

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LinkedIn could land you your next job

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Final year English & Philosophy student Annie Moss just completed a placement year with the global recruitment consultancy, Hays. Here she shares her tips for fellow students and graduates on why taking care of your LinkedIn profile can really pay off.

Would you arrive at an interview late, with a scruffy attire, and little to no preparation?

No, of course not, and I’m not about to bless you with words of wisdom regarding interview techniques like some employment guru. I do, however, have some insight and a few tips as to how we can make that killer first impression.

I’m not talking about interviews, or even our CVs. I’m referring to LinkedIn. Continue reading

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How I got my job: Corporate Partnerships Assistant at Leonard Cheshire Disability

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Rhiann (2nd from right in second row) during her ICS placement in Senegal.

Rhiann has just completed her English & Sociology degree at Leeds and is now undertaking a graduate internship with Leonard Cheshire Disability.  In this post she discusses the value of taking a placement year and what she’s learnt about managing a health condition and choosing if and when to disclose a health condition or disability to an employer.

My current role

I work at the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability as a Corporate Partnerships Assistant. I am part of their Change100 internship scheme, which partners disabled students/graduates with top employers around the country. My job involves leading a proposal for £150,000 worth of funding to develop gardening programmes for the disabled people we support. I recently finished my English and Sociology degree at Leeds, which I combined with a placement year through the Careers Centre. I would really encourage students to make the most of the careers support available at Leeds. The range of opportunities they offer is fantastic, and this was how I discovered Change 100. Continue reading

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How to impress at the Graduate Jobs & Internships Fair

Careers Fairs provide a fantastic opportunity for you to meet – and learn more about –  a whole range of employers, and further study opportunities, all in one place.

Our Spring Graduate Jobs & Internships Fair is taking place on 3rd May.  Full details available on the fair website.

This post provides tips to help you get the most from the fair.

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Before the fair

Consider what you want from the fair: This should form the foundations of your planning and will shape how you approach the fair. Giving this some consideration beforehand means you are much more likely to find the fair useful.  For example, are you hoping to

  • Get answers to specific questions about a particular organisation?
  • Get advice on their selection processes?
  • Learn more about the organisation’s culture, or what their different opportunities involve?
  • Find out more about potential opportunities for the future?
  • Meet people doing the job roles in which you’re interested to get further insights?
  • Get inspiration about different types of opportunities or companies in which you may be interested (either now or in the future)?
  • Or something else?

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How I got my job: Secondment on the role of science and engineering in policy and parliament

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Katie Timms is undertaking a PhD in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Leeds’ Institute of Medical & Biological Engineering, following her undergraduate degree in Medical Sciences (2015), also from the University of Leeds.  In this post she explains why she chose to do a secondment during her PhD and how networking and her proactive approach helped her to secure it.

Why did I decide to undertake a secondment?

Browsing through twitter one afternoon I came across a poster describing alternative careers for scientists, based on the Science Council’s ’10 type of scientists’. In case you were wondering, there’s a quiz on the Science Council’s website! I have always been interested in science and research, but was curious about the alternative careers available following my PhD. Continue reading

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How To Make Networking as Easy as ABC

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Jeremy Brooks – “ABC

 This week, Beth from Inspiring Interns talks about a topic that has become increasingly important for job seekers today – networking.  She gives lots of useful tips on how to make networking easier, and how to be more confident at networking events.

A = Attendance

The first thing you need to do to be a networker? Show up at networking events. Just being in the room is half the battle won – people may even come talk to you!

B = Body Language

Always look someone in the eye when you’re talking to them. Don’t cross your arms – it looks standoffish. And smile!

C = Confidence

Fake it till you make it actually works – stand tall and act confident, and people will believe it. Remember the absolute worst thing that can happen is that someone will say they don’t want to talk to you. And that makes them rude.

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Finalists: 3 things to do this year

If you’re about to start your final year at university, it can be an exciting – and potentially daunting – time. However you feel about it, the year is likely to fly by.  Here are 3 key things we would encourage you to do this year to ensure a successful future – whatever you want that to be!

 

 

Getting some clarity in your interests and goals is really valuable.  You do not need to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life – in all likelihood this will change throughout your working life – focus instead on what next after university.

Talk to people, attend events, explore what’s out there.  Our Autumn Fair on the 10th October is a fantastic opportunity to do this, but keep an eye out for all the other events – university-wide as well as things happening in your school or faculty. These can give you invaluable insights into a whole range of careers.

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