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What are employers looking for?

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This presentation was done for our biennial Higher Education Careers Advisers in Chemistry day

This presentation was done for our biennial Higher Education Careers Advisers in Chemistry day

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    What are employers looking for? What are employers looking for? Presentation Transcript

    • What are employers looking for?
      Laura Woodward
      Advice and Guidance Specialist
    • My experience:
      12 years generalist HR experience
      High volume recruitment
      Recruitment into scientific industry
      Running assessment centres and graduate recruitment programmes
    • CV’s
      Covering Letters
      Application Forms
      Interviews
      Assessment Centres
    • Common pitfalls
      Graduates assume having a good degree will be enough
      Selection criteria is not addressed in their application
      Don’t make clear why they want the job and/or why they want to work for the organisation
      Write too much
      Write too little
      Stand out for the right reasons!
    • CV’s and Covering Letters
      CV’s
      Keep to 2 sides
      Tailor to the job
      No need to include published scientific papers for non-academic role
      Avoid scientific acronyms
      Covering letters
      Address the selection criteria
      Make clear why they want the job
      Make clear why they want to work for the organisation
    • Application Forms
      Follow instructions
      As with CV/covering letters – ensure selection criteria is addressed
      Competency examples – HOW you do things
    • Assessment Centres
      Remember they are being assessed the whole day – this includes over lunch.
      Make sure you participate – particularly in group exercises – if you don’t do anything – there is nothing to mark you on.
      Interviews
      Competency based interviewing
      Provide a variety of examples
      Ask questions – have some prepared
    • Preparation
      An appreciation that preparation is key
      Research the organisation and ensure you have a good understanding of the position