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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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LinkedIn: The recruiter’s perspective

We talk a lot about the value of LinkedIn, and the range of ways it can be useful for you as a student or recent graduate. In this video, produced by Sheffield Hallam’s IPD for the ConnectedU project (funded by the Higher Education Academy), Professional Headhunter James Craven, of recruitment firm Sagar Wright, outlines why having a professional presence on LinkedIn is increasingly valuable and the key things to consider when building your profile.

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How I learned the value of networking this summer

Student blogger Rebekah shares her experiences of networking success and how this helped her develop her experience and career ideas.

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I am happy and excited to be in the second year of my English degree. This summer turned out to be different to how I expected it to be, but only in the best possible way. During that time, I got first -and experience of the sort of career I’m moving towards, and in a lot of ways confirmed what I want to do, and how that relates to my talents and personality.

Originally, my goal for the summer was to land one of the Leeds University Scheme internships in communications and marketing I had been applying for. I was disappointed when I was turned down from all of them due to competition, but this was for the best, as I was offered a job working in marketing for a company set up last year after approaching an acquaintance I know from Church. I had completed some casual proofreading for her the previous year. For one thing, it was extremely flexible, requiring me to work 6-12 hours a week, which allowed me to fit it around my other activities.

Going to a business networking event with my boss was definitely Continue reading

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Getting into the Media

Want to get in to the Media industry? Terrified by the competitive nature of it? Take a look at these tips by Careers Consultant Venita Girvan and perhaps you’ll get ahead of the game!

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The Media sector is a large part of the UK and it is a popular form of communication that many of us rely on or use in our daily lives. The ways in which things are communicated through the media industry vary from broadcast to print:

Broadcast Media – This is information that is communicated electronically, for example, through television, film and radio.

Print Media – The communication over print media is usually done so in a printed manner, for example, newspapers and magazines Continue reading

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Getting into Fine Art

In the next of our “Getting into..” series, our Careers Consultant Sue Holdsworth offers her advice on how to successfully pursue a career in Fine Art.

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Practicing as a Fine Artist

The old maxim about artists needing to spend 80% of their time on marketing and business and 20% on their art work is broadly true.

You should be aware of competitions and bursaries to support emerging artists and this will be time-consuming. A good place to start looking is A-N which advertises many opportunities for artists. Temporary work contracts such as residencies can make for an interesting and varied career, though periods of unemployment between jobs are a reality for most artists. Continue reading

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