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.
“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.
For International Women’s Day (8 March) you’re invited to talk about confidence.
Feeling confident and presenting a strong front isn’t always natural – but you have a thousand and one reasons to be confident, strong, fierce and Essex.