I am a Careers Information Assistant at the Employability and Careers Centre at Essex and I love my job because I love the variety. I get to meet lots of students during drop in sessions and, as everyone is different, I get to answer a whole range of interesting questions. There is one area though, that I wish didn’t differ so much from student to student: that is the extent to which students can’t get a ‘grip’ on their employability.
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 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.
“How do I convince an employer that I have something to offer?”
Having been immersed in your PG studies it can be daunting to face the transition into industry; especially when faced with submitting an application to an employer who may have little understanding of your area of expertise.
Don’t panic – plan!
Jobs fairs can be daunting, but they are worth the effort as they are great places to find jobs, network and find out about companies who are recruiting. Follow these simple, pre-fair preparations and feel the nerves dissolve.
Got that sinking feeling from an interview that you just know went badly, or received another ‘thanks, but no thanks’ letter? Don’t worry – it could be the best thing to happen to you.
We have 4 surprising benefits you can gain from failure.
Only 8% of People Who Set A New Year Resolution Achieve It!
Staggering isn’t it? But don’t let it put you off setting Career goals. Continue reading
‘Definitely’, ‘Not sure’, ‘Is it even an option for me?’
From employers (including Times Top 100) and training providers to answer your questions, network with and – dare we say it – be recruited by; to talks on both working as a US attorney and life as a trainee solicitor, the Essex Law Fair has it all. Interested? Read on to find out exactly what the Law Fair can offer you- however you answered the question!
Top 3 Resolutions with a Careers Twist
New Year is traditionally a time for meeting friends, raising a glass or two, reflecting on the year past and thinking about the future. The start to a new academic year is no different, so why not adopt the resolution idea here too? We’ve looked at the top 3 resolutions and given them a careers twist for you.