You’ve created a LinkedIn profile but you’re not too sure why or what to do with it? does this sound familiar? Or perhaps you have thus far ignored LinkedIn as being something for professionals not students or because, as I sometimes hear, “it’s something my parents have” Whether you have already graduated or are a … Continue reading Creating and optimising your LinkedIn profile
Another way of putting that could be: is equality real now? Dan Brooke, Channel 4’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, said recently, “Employing disabled people drives innovation”. At Channel 4, it happens behind the scenes in production roles but increasing diversity across society is also reflected in its programming. For instance, Hollyoaks recently had wheel … Continue reading Should I disclose my disability to an employer?
It’s difficult to know where it came from: Was it that innocuous comment from a family relative? Was it hearing friends talking about applying for roles and deadlines coming up? Or was it that comment you overheard about someone who already has a job lined up? Whatever it was, it worked! So, now you have … Continue reading Why you don’t need to write a CV (yet)
Don't underestimate the power of the cover letter, the role of the covering letter is to get the reader to want to read the CV, pure and simple. So it has to be good! Here is a simple formula to get your covering letter together; The Intro Your opening paragraph should grab the readers attention … Continue reading Take Cover!
More is better than less! Isn't it? Well, no, not when it comes to job applications. I know I am not the only one feeling exasperated at the number of posts I come across about new graduates who have applied for hundreds of jobs and not got as much as a glimmer of an interview. … Continue reading Job applications – when 99 is at least 95 too many…
At this time of year the topic of Internships can be high on your agenda as a student. There’s no doubt it can be extremely useful to get an internship. Many major graduate recruiters use summer internships as a two to three month interview, and more and more interns are being offered jobs which start … Continue reading Internships – Simple?
If you are an international student studying in Glasgow or a home student who has studied abroad, you will be able to reflect on how gaining an international experience has enabled you to develop in a range of ways. There are so many ways in which gaining this experience is enriching for those who do … Continue reading Selling your international experience to employers
The doom mongers amongst us spread fear that all our current jobs are going to disappear as the march of technology and whisper it, ROBOTS TAKE OVER. A more realistic way to look at the future is to work out for ourselves what jobs humans can do that computers can’t. The show must go on Robots cannot … Continue reading Future jobs are here!
It seems to be a stock question that interviewers keep using. That doesn't make it any easier to answer so how do you answer “where do you see yourself in 5 years” in an interview? This can feel like a bit of a trick question, because you don't want to say "not in this job,” or “in … Continue reading “Where do you see yourself in 5 years”
Are you in your penultimate year or perhaps earlier? Have you been hit with questions like this from a "well-meaning" friend or relative? There’s no doubt it can be extremely useful to get an internship. Lots of major graduate recruiters use summer internships as a two to three month interview, and more and more interns … Continue reading Three months off during the summer? I hope you’re going to get an internship!
The first thing to remember if you are not getting any interviews (yet) is to learn from this and not see a rejection as a personal failing in any way. Remember that the job market is very competitive and in reality no one gets every job that they apply for! The worst thing that you … Continue reading Help, I’m not getting any interviews!
It’s the end of the interview and after nearly an hour of pouring your heart (and work experience) out to a potential employer, the hiring manager asks if you have any last questions before finishing. It’s meant to be a formality, of course—a way to end the conversation but it’s also an opportunity, to make … Continue reading 5 questions to ask to end the interview on a great note
Richard Nelson Bolles was born in 1927 in Wisconsin, USA, and is famous for his groundbreaking job search book “What Color is your Parachute”, which has an initial copyright date of 1970. It has been updated and re-issued most years since then. Bolles writes in a clear style and has often been quoted as the … Continue reading Finding Jobs in the Hidden Jobs Market
Did you have a good summer? What did you get up to? Many of you will have worked throughout, perhaps upping the hours at your part-time job or taking temp roles ? And some of you will have had a summer long internship. Or you may have volunteered to gain experience in areas such as … Continue reading Work Shadowing
...as in "you need to watch your tone of voice young lady". A statement often heard in our house growing up. Granted it was usually in response to my biting, witty, teenage sarcasm, but tone is something we all need to be wary of in our written communications - especially when applying for a job. … Continue reading Tone (And its importance in your applications)…
Graduates have always hoped that their degree in itself would be a passport to a top job and to career advancement but, as everyone knows, qualifications are only part of the picture. I have recently attended a number of conferences and events that focussed on employability and all the speakers in the field have a … Continue reading What really gets you hired?
I recently starting rewatching my favourite noughties show “The Gilmore Girls” in preparation for the upcoming revival. There’s an episode where young Rory Gilmore receives undeservedly critical feedback from her boss at the end of her newspaper internship (he also happens to be her boyfriend’s dad). Watching this again, I remembered how angry I got when … Continue reading Employer feedback – what to expect
Got an interview or assessment centre coming up? Read on for advice on how to overcome any anxiety and boost your confidence... Firstly, well done - getting an interview is an achievement in itself and should boost your confidence! Now you have the opportunity to stand out and convince the employer to hire you. Easy, … Continue reading Interviewing with confidence!
You have followed all the advice out there and made the best application possible, so naturally you're all set to get called for an interview or assessment centre. But it is possible to give the recruiter a feeling of “buyer’s remorse” straight away if you’re not careful. Communication with employers needs to show off your professional … Continue reading Communicating with recruiters
Some years ago, I got offered a postdoctoral research fellowship in a Department of Psychology. The position was interesting, clinical in nature and would involve country-wide travel examining stress and its causes in a particular occupation. It was to last two years. I happily accepted and then they told me: they had outgrown the two … Continue reading Spoiled for choice! Dealing with multiple job offers