Job Hunting Tips
           for Graduates


    Rosanne Rieley
    Careers Adviser




1
Where are you in your job
               search?

                         Making
                         applications


...
Aim of session


    To suggest ways and
     resources to help move you
     forward in your job search



3
1. Where to Start?




    Assess what you want and what
    you can offer
4
Think about what it is you want
from a job/career?
What can you offer an employer?

     Creativity            Logical thinking
     Determination         Negotiation
  ...
3. What can you do with your
     qualification?
     Find out about types of jobs
     Jobs related to
     your subject...
I haven’t got a clue what I want to
    do!
                Prospects Planner — University
                 of Leicester
...
4. Research the Market
    Employers and Vacancies




             Where are they?
9
Employers
     Types
                            Graduate employer
      Large employers      listings
      Small and ...
Vacancies –
                The Visible Job Market
      University of Leicester Jobs on-line
       http://www2.le.ac.uk...
Vacancies - The Visible Job
Market

 Graduate Recruitment Fairs and events
Careers fairs – Prospects website
 Recruitmen...
Graduate Work Experience/
 internships

 The University of Leicester's Internship
 Programme (TULIP) — University of Leic...
Graduate Internships cont…..
        Graduate Gateway – Must be living in
        Derbyshire, Leicestershire or
        N...
Graduate internships cont…

       HEFCE Graduate Internships
      Graduate Work Placements — University of
       Leice...
Working Abroad
      International job online | Latest
       international graduate jobs |
       Prospects.ac.uk – Inte...
The Hidden Job Market
Fact – Not all jobs are advertised!

 Speculative
 submissions

 Networking
5. Make Effective Applications
Focus on quality not quantity !

 CV
 Covering Letter
 Application Form
   Competency-b...
Find out employer Requirements

      Skills


      Knowledge


      Attributes     Do you match
                   ...
6. Impress at Interview
     Preparation is key!

      Telephone
       Interview
      Face to Face
       Interview
 ...
7. Review and Reflect


      Monitor applications


      Obtain Feedback




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Track your applications
Company Name Position       Deadline   Date Sent   Outcome   Action
              Applied for   Da...
8. Consider Alternatives

      Non graduate schemes and other jobs
      Part-time
      Fixed term/temporary contract...
9. Keep Motivated
     Getting a job takes time & effort!



      Under going period of transition
      Organise your ...
10. Make a Plan of Action
     Be proactive not inactive!

                     Assess where you are
                    ...
Summary - Job hunting check list

      Be self- aware - Have developed clear ideas
       about your strengths, skills, ...
10. Further help and support
      www.le.ac.uk/studentdevelopment - General
      website

      www.le.ac.uk/graduates...
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Graduate job hunting tips

  1. 1. Job Hunting Tips for Graduates Rosanne Rieley Careers Adviser 1
  2. 2. Where are you in your job search? Making applications GRADUATION ________________________________________________  JOB No idea Interviews what to do
  3. 3. Aim of session To suggest ways and resources to help move you forward in your job search 3
  4. 4. 1. Where to Start? Assess what you want and what you can offer 4
  5. 5. Think about what it is you want from a job/career?
  6. 6. What can you offer an employer?  Creativity  Logical thinking  Determination  Negotiation (self-  Networking discipline, motivati  Working with on, planning) others  Empathy  Practical skills  Finding (research information methods/  Innovation software/lab techniques) 6
  7. 7. 3. What can you do with your qualification? Find out about types of jobs  Jobs related to your subject  Jobs not related www.prospects.ac. uk 7
  8. 8. I haven’t got a clue what I want to do!  Prospects Planner — University of Leicester  Windmills Programme Look at what other graduates do:  Graduate destinations — University of Leicester  National destinations- Prospects What do graduates do? 8
  9. 9. 4. Research the Market Employers and Vacancies Where are they? 9
  10. 10. Employers Types  Graduate employer  Large employers listings  Small and medium  Prospects Directory, sized enterprises  Hobsons (SME’s)  GET Directory  GTI Target series Sectors  The Times Top 100 Employers  Private  Public  Commercial  Voluntary (Third Directories 10 Sector)  Kelly’s Directories
  11. 11. Vacancies – The Visible Job Market  University of Leicester Jobs on-line http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/ssds/sd/careers/vac ancies/jobsonline  www.milkround.com  Prospects Finalist  Prospects Graduate www.prospects.ac.uk/links/graduate  Employer’s own websites  Local and National Press www.thepaperboy.com  Professional Associations and Bodies 11  Specialist Journals
  12. 12. Vacancies - The Visible Job Market  Graduate Recruitment Fairs and events Careers fairs – Prospects website  Recruitment websites or Job Boards  E.g. www.monster.com www.totaljobs.com  Recruitment Agencies www.rec.uk.com  Job Centre Plus www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk
  13. 13. Graduate Work Experience/ internships  The University of Leicester's Internship Programme (TULIP) — University of Leicester– 6 month paid internship employed within the university. Start Sept/Oct  KTP – Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – Opportunity to manage projects 10 weeks – 3 years. Projects between graduate, an organisation and an university KTP - Accelerating Business Innovation also advertised on www.jobs.ac.uk
  14. 14. Graduate Internships cont…..  Graduate Gateway – Must be living in Derbyshire, Leicestershire or Nottinghamshire, 26 week period working on business assignment. Opportunities during Autumn & Spring Loughborough University - Working with business  ‘Graduate Talent Pool’ – Government initiative, range of paid & unpaid internships Graduate Talent Pool: graduate internships | Home 14 page
  15. 15. Graduate internships cont…  HEFCE Graduate Internships Graduate Work Placements — University of Leicester  Graduate STEP – 8-week summer internships Step - Nurturing Talent - Graduate Step 15
  16. 16. Working Abroad  International job online | Latest international graduate jobs | Prospects.ac.uk – International Graduate Jobs  The Homepage for NASES National Association of Student Employment Services – Country specific information and guides  Country specific information – Prospects website 16
  17. 17. The Hidden Job Market Fact – Not all jobs are advertised!  Speculative submissions  Networking
  18. 18. 5. Make Effective Applications Focus on quality not quantity !  CV  Covering Letter  Application Form  Competency-based  Statement by Applicant  Aptitude Tests
  19. 19. Find out employer Requirements  Skills  Knowledge  Attributes  Do you match their requirements and are you able to provide 19 evidence?
  20. 20. 6. Impress at Interview Preparation is key!  Telephone Interview  Face to Face Interview  Assessment Centres 20
  21. 21. 7. Review and Reflect  Monitor applications  Obtain Feedback 21
  22. 22. Track your applications Company Name Position Deadline Date Sent Outcome Action Applied for Date
  23. 23. 8. Consider Alternatives  Non graduate schemes and other jobs  Part-time  Fixed term/temporary contracts  Volunteering  Self employment  Further Study and training e.g Professional/skills  Gap Year  Working in own country 23
  24. 24. 9. Keep Motivated Getting a job takes time & effort!  Under going period of transition  Organise your activities and structure your time  Learn from each experience and move on  Try and remain optimistic and positive 24  Seek help and support
  25. 25. 10. Make a Plan of Action Be proactive not inactive!  Assess where you are  Assess where you want to be  Set goals/objectives  Take action Activity – in 2’s discuss any action you will now 25 take
  26. 26. Summary - Job hunting check list  Be self- aware - Have developed clear ideas about your strengths, skills, interests and motivations as well as practical needs  Be opportunity aware - Explore different types of jobs and options and systematically weigh up the pros and cons  Make a plan  Research and draw up a list of contacts, vacancies and employers you are going to apply to and their requirements  Focus on making quality applications 26  Review
  27. 27. 10. Further help and support  www.le.ac.uk/studentdevelopment - General website  www.le.ac.uk/graduatesuccess - Available from 5th July 2010 – Graduate Success Guide  Career Development Support  CV and Application Feedback  Guidance Consultations  Interview Coaching 27

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