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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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How I got my job: Threat Analyst

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Joshua Jervis graduated from Leeds this summer with a degree in International Relations.  He is now working in Leeds as a Threat Analyst with Maxwell Lucas. In this post he explains how his career interests developed and shares his advice for other students.

My Role

I am currently the Asia Pacific Threat Analyst for Maxwell Lucas in Leeds (part of Healix International). My role predominantly comprises of monitoring global news sources and identifying potential threats to business travellers, producing ad-hoc reports and special advisories on regional security threats and researching national issues from crime to health. I am solely responsible for setting the threat and evacuation levels throughout my region based on my knowledge of the country and my perception of whether the security environment is likely to improve or deteriorate. Continue reading

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How to net your dream graduate job: Proactivity pays

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Whilst many students don’t have any ideas about what they might want to do (see this post for help if that’s you), there are also many who will know exactly what they want to do, or at least have some ideas.  If you’re in the latter group and struggling to find opportunities of interest, or not getting anywhere with your applications, it could be time for a new approach to your job-seeking strategy.  In this post we outline how taking a more proactive approach to your job search can net you a job, and how to do it well.

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Industrial Work Placements: Why Bigger isn’t Better

Are you starting to think about your options for a placement next year? In this post, Leeds student Erin Lovett, who is coming to the ended of a placement year with Engage Comms Ltd., outlines the benefits she’s gained from working for a smaller company. The post was originally published on LinkedIn

It’s no secret that work experience makes graduates entering the job market more employable. The time spent learning about the industry and essentially ‘practising’ for a role can be invaluable, and it’s great that schools and universities are throwing their weight behind this and giving students more opportunities to undertake work placements. However, within universities I think there’s a myth being perpetuated: the bigger the company you can get work experience with, the better. It probably has a lot to do with the potential for progression and travel, which of course might well be deal-breakers later on in your career – but are they really relevant when you’re looking for work experience? Continue reading

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Your Job Search post 2013 graduation

Graduated this year? Still searching for a job? Perhaps this post from our Careers Consultant Richard Lidwell will help.

graduationIt’s now almost six months since you graduated, and Christmas is around the corner.

If you’re still seeking your first graduate job, this could be the point where you may need to spend some time considering where you’ve got to in the job hunt, and evaluating this. Continue reading

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SMEs – the Graduate Scheme alternative

Think graduate schemes are the only option? Think again! Our guest blogger, Anna Pitts of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, explores the great advantages of working for a SME.

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You might think that the best kind of job you can get once you’ve graduated from university is with a large, multinational corporation, perhaps on their graduate scheme. But graduate jobs have far more scope than that. Whilst there are advantages to bigger businesses with well established brands, they aren’t your only option for employment. There are 4.8 million businesses in the UK, and 99% of these are small or micro businesses employing fewer than 10 people- that’s a lot of SMEs! Continue reading

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Best location for graduate jobs in UK? You may be surprised…..

This is a guest post written by Leeds graduate Freya Labram, Community and Content Manager at JobisJob.

Should I stay or should I go? When you’ve just graduated, the world is your oyster. Many graduates take advantage of this opportunity to contemplate a change of scene. Although the setting for the next chapter of your life is a decision based on personal as much as professional factors, you might like to take into account where employment hotspots are Continue reading

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