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How do I make myself "Employable"?

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This is a guide for students, graduates and postgraduates. Focusing on research around employability skills and also how we can help you to develop key skills.

This is a guide for students, graduates and postgraduates. Focusing on research around employability skills and also how we can help you to develop key skills.

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  • 1. How do I make myself “Employable?” Tahira Majothi Careers consultant University of Salford Careers and Employability Service www.careers.salford.ac.uk 0161 295 5088 1
  • 2. NUS & CBI Employability Guide: Working towards your future 2
  • 3. Self Awareness is crucial! Writing a CV or application before knowing what you have to offer or even want, is like putting the cart before the horse!
    • Prospects Planner Careers Quiz
    • Try Prospects Personality Tests
    • Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework
    • A SWOT Analysis helps clarify career decisions
    3
    • Career development workshops
  • 4. Have Job Role, Company and Industry Awareness 4
    • Our website has tips on researching employers
    • We run Employer events on campus
    • Visit Careers Fairs across UK
    • For the industry happenings, Read careers blogs , newspapers or websites as well as employer and professional websites.
    • Follow us via Social Media e.g. @Salfordpgrs on Twitter or Salford PhDs Past and Present on LinkedIn.
  • 5. Prized Employability Skills NUS and CBI Survey identified key skills sought by Employers: 5
    • You will need to “Explain and Demonstrate” these skills in your CV and at interview.
    • Research skills sought by occupation . Provide tangible examples using the STAR technique.
    Positive Attitude Self Management Teamwork Communication Business or Industry Awareness Ability to Problem-Solve Interpersonal skills Literacy, numeracy and IT skills
  • 6. Killer CVs – From study into work 6 There’s no point in undertaking employer research and skills analysis, only for your CV to let you down!
    • Take a look at our CV guides .
    • Drop-in to a CV Clinic: Tuesdays 10.00am – 12.00pm or Thursdays 2.00pm – 4.00pm
    • Attend a CV Workshop either through the Careers or SPoRT programme.
  • 7. Network! Network! Network! 7
    • Great Blog by Queen Mary University Networking: What do I ask?
    Networking is all about making meaningful connections with people to help you today, tomorrow or in the future!
    • Guardian article on Networking.
    • Career Player video tips on how to develop networking skills.
    • REDS Guide to Networking via Salfordpgrs slide share.
  • 8. Social Media and Job Search 8
    • Social Media Workshops through Central Careers and via SPoRT.
    • Get an Online Presence Now Post
    • Make your blog your business card – post by Cristina Costa
    • Personal Branding for Researchers blog post
    • Career Management in the Digital Age – “Be What’s Next!”
    • Social Media and Graduate Job Search post
  • 9. Enterprise 9 Heck even my niece has a Henna painting enterprise alongside her College studies!
    • Enterprise Academy Sessions 2011
    • Develop your Enterprise Skills with our support
    • Student Enterprise Societies at Salford University
    • Need help to turn your idea into a venture? Or perhaps just some office space? Contact Salford Origin
  • 10. Have questions, need answers? Get in touch… 10
    • We can help you to:
    • Explore career/study options
    • Look for work experience opportunities
    • Research employers and industries
    • Produce professional CVs and applications
    • Prepare for Interviews and Assessments
    www.careers.salford.ac.uk or call 0161 295 5088
  • 11. References
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