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  • 7 second rule – the impact that that first impression makes. Halo/Horn effect – after that first impression it subconsciously sways the interviewerTime management – be prepared and be on time. 10-15 minutes is early enough do not arrive earlier as you will put pressure on your interviewer to finish what they are doing to meet with you. Eye contact, be engaged, look at them when they talk and when you are talking to them. Don’t gaze around the room but equally don’t stare!Everyone is an interviewer – reception will also make judgement and their opinion matters!Make a great impression to EVERYONE you meet! Handshake – the DRIBBLY hand! ENERGY and ENTHUSIASM!
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    • 1. Simon Reichwald Bright Futures
    • 2. The graduate job market todayWhy is it so competitive, who is recruiting you What do employers want & Some Top Tips
    • 3. Many graduates earn less than school leavers People Management Magazine OnlineNearly 20000 of last years graduates - one in ten - were unemployed six months after leaving university - up from eight per cent in 2008. People Management Magazine [02/07/2010] Value of holding a degree shrinks for 21st-century graduates - The Guardian
    • 4. New internships for graduate jobhunters [DirectGov] Degree seen as vital for social mobility [Financial Times 07/09/2011]
    • 5. 1,800 : 8 1,800:8Applications:roles for Average number 83 of applications major FMCG per vacancy % of placement or >60% graduates 85.6% internship candidates >60% offered graduate jobs receive a 2:1 or better 100% 100% more applications in 2010 than 2008 400,000 new 400,000graduates each year c18-25k Average graduate salary as c18-25k
    • 6. • It will be tough• You will need to be resilient• “The more I practice the luckier I get”• Take action now and everyday
    • 7. Who recruits History grads fromthis list?
    • 8. Where do they want to hirefrom?
    • 9.  Academic Results? Work Experience? Skills? Competencies? Commercial Awareness? Communication / Influence? Positive Attitude? What makes you different?
    • 10. Make sure you prepare Adapting & examples for these! Coping Analysing & Leading & Interpreting Deciding InformationOrganising & Delivering delivering results Interacting with others & Innovation & presenting creativity ideas
    • 11.  Focus on - ◦ Achievements ◦ Measurable results Build your network ◦ Meet and talk to employers ◦ Be inquisitive, find out It won’t happen by itself! ◦ Not all your ideal employers come on campus ◦ Go find the employers
    • 12.  Differentiate yourself  Take Action  You cannot rely on your degree  Build your knowledge & your contacts  Go that extra mile“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure” Colin L Powell
    • 13.  Your Attitude ◦ You become what you think about Your actions“You’re on the ride you might as well open your eyes” Get involved with the Bright Futures Society www. 01242 236415