First thing’s first – it’s OK to talk about yourself
When students visit the Employability and Careers Centre for a CV review we find out a little bit about them and who they are, talk through how they plan on using the CV, and work our way through its contents.
We often find ourselves working to extract additional experience, interests, awards and achievements and even education which the student has chosen not to include. Often when pushed they tell us time and again that it “felt like bragging” and time and again we reassure them that it if there’s one place where it’s OK to shout about what an excellent candidate you are for any given position, it’s your CV!
Whether you’re bonkers for BT, or crazy for your corner shop, there’s no right or wrong when it comes to working for large or small organisations, it’s about what’s right for you.
You might have your heart set on working for a big name and adding some kudos to your CV, but have you thought about the pros and cons to being a small cog in a big machine?
With so much competition applying for jobs, it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd
As the Frontrunners Project Officer, I would see hundreds of applications every round and receive feedback from the supervisors on why students weren’t shortlisted for interview. This showed me that writing a good application can be quite straight forward.
Simply follow these 6 steps and prepare to shine!
Don’t skip on your skills
Recruiting the right staff is essential for businesses so employers try to get it right first time. They do this by carefully checking that the skills and experience you have are relevant and transferable to their business. This means that successfully identifying and articulating your skills is vital to get through the initial selection stage.
Trouble is, this is the bit most students who drop in for a CV review say they struggle with. The good news is that it’s easier and, dare I say it, fun when you know how.
Follow our do’s and don’ts to get you started.
What’s it really like to be at an assessment centre?
As a Careers Adviser, I regularly work with students and graduates to support them in preparing for assessment centres. When FDM, a top 100 graduate recruiter who receive over 30,000 applications each year, invited me along to observe one of their assessment centre days, how could I say no?!
“Amazing entrepreneurs pitch for investment at our networking extravaganza”
Essex Startups networking events are always a success and the latest event at our Start-Up Hub was pretty amazing.
“Our amazing entrepreneurs at Essex can win investment in their business ideas!”
Hi, I’m Claire – Enterprise Project Officer with Essex Startups, and this year’s Southend Bootcamp is one of the reasons why I love working with Essex Startups! I have the privilege to be involved in wonderful events where I get to engage with students addictive enthusiasm and energy and witness them generating entrepreneurial flare.
So, you’ve been looking for a graduate job, a placement or an internship? You’ve found that there are endless opportunities advertised online. Great, right? Actually, not really. Nothing quite fits.
As a Careers Adviser, I find that students often come to me and say things like “I’ve done a search on Indeed and nothing relevant came up” or “there just isn’t anything that matches what I’m looking for”. This can be due to the fact that not all jobs are advertised. I’ve found that trying a slightly different approach, looking for potential employers rather than jobs, can result in some interesting opportunities…
What’s the key to success in getting your foot in the door?
The answer is employability, but what does this actually mean?
With an awareness of just how competitive the graduate job market is and a realisation that having a good degree is now not always enough to secure a job, students are asking this question.