How to sell yourself feb 14

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How to sell yourself feb 14

  1. 1. Working in the UK after Studies STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES ME AS A GRADUATE FROM A UK UNIVERSITY THREATS OPPORTUNITIES
  2. 2. How To Sell Yourself What Are Employability Skills? “Future Fit”, a document produced by the Universities UK and the CBI defined Employability Skills as: “A set of attributes, skills and knowledge that all labour market participants should possess to ensure they have the capability of being effective in the workplace – to the benefit of themselves, their employer and the wider economy.” KNOW YOUR EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS – KNOW YOUR STRENGTHS!
  3. 3. What do Employers of Graduates Look For What Do Employers of Graduates Look For Willingness to Learn Commitment Dependability Self motivation Teamwork C o-operation Communications skills (written) communication Skill (oral) Drive/energy Self-management Desire to achieve Problem-solving Analytical ability Flexibility Initiative Can summarise key issues Logical argument Adaptability (intellectual) Numeracy Adaptability (organisational) Commercial awareness Time management Self confidence Ability to influence others Creative Thinking
  4. 4. Employability Skills What Employability Skills have I developed from my degree? Where Else have I developed Employability Skills?
  5. 5. How To Sell Yourself PricewaterhouseCoopers, a global financial services company, has a very useful set of vidcasts on their website demonstrating how the skills you have gained through sporting activities and through shop, bar, restaurant and charity work can be relevant to their business: http://www.pwc.co.uk/careers/student/employability/employability.j html
  6. 6. A Simple Strategy for Answering Situational Questions Situation Result Task Action
  7. 7. Star Approach Situation or Task Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation, not a generalized description of what you have done in the past. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand. This situation can be from a previous job, volunteer experience, or any relevant event. Action you Describe the action you took and be sure to keep the focus on you. Even if you are discussing a group took project or effort, describe what you did - not the efforts of the team. Don't tell what you might do, tell what you did. Results you achieved What happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn?
  8. 8. Recognising Your Gaps What was your employment situation at the time? “ Grim!!! The economic climate in UK was very difficult and I found it extremely difficult to find any job, including the general student part-time jobs as working in retail stores, call centres. However, due to the reason that my employability skills were not well developed and presented in a structured manner at that time to fulfil the UK graduate employers' standards…. Hence I could not manage to get a graduate IT analyst/software developer job in those early days” Rahul Dutta Roy – MSc Information Systems 2011 Currently Information Systems Analyst - Centrica
  9. 9. Using the STAR Approach Anything particularly you learned from the help you received that you would like to share with other graduates? “For the competency/ motivational questions in application forms and later interviews, the answers should be concise, focussed on the main point of questions being asked. ……And a graduate must prepare specific, real-life, meaningful examples targeting each competency as teamwork, leadership etc,; to prove the competencies employers are looking for ... For competency based interview, my advice will be to follow the STAR (situation-task-action-result) format.” Rahul Dutta Roy – MSc Information Systems 2011 Currently Information Systems Analyst - Centrica
  10. 10. Speed Dating Exercise Three groups will have the opportunity to spend 5 minutes with each alumni. Make use of check list questions to start conversations Feedback to whole group at the end

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