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Newsletter January


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Careers and Employability January Newsletter

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Newsletter January

  1. 1. NEWSLETTER12 Days of Christmas JobHunting Action Plan January 2011Christmas Opening Times 12 Days of Christmas – Your Action Plan for Job HuntingTeacher Recruitment Fair during the festive seasonThe Legal Sector (Source: Jobs& Courses) Day 1: Update your CVGraduate Opportunities If you haven’t been able to secure an interview; it could be down to your CV. Most recruiters scan CVs, spending less than 15 seconds on your first page. Prepare a draft of your CV and arrange a meeting with aPopular Resources careers adviser for professional feedback on your CV ( Day 2: Plan your applications Before sending off application after application, think what you want to do and how it matches with what you are qualified to do. There might be career options open to you of which you have not thought. Come and discuss with a careers adviser. Day 3: Social networking Use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to search for jobs. Many companies use the social media channels to advertise their vacancies. Day 4: Make contacts Chatting to recruiters informally and keeping up to date with their companies is a great way to find out about jobs before anyone else. Get on Twitter and LinkedIn. Day 5: Tidy up your online presence Many recruiters will Google your name, so make sure you keep those dodgy Facebook pictures private. Day 6: Brand yourself Why not have your own site showcasing your capabilities? You should tailor your project to your job interests, so a wannabe web designer should showcase beautiful and functional websites. Day 7: Do your research You have found a job you like. Now make sure you do your research thoroughly. Look through the company’s media centre and see what it has been up to in the press. Read articles about the sector it operates in. Be critical. Think about what you would do to improve the business.
  2. 2. Day 8: Be resilient It is easy to be downhearted over Christmas if your job search isn’t goingCareers and well. Don’t take rejection personally and remember that a recruiter’sEmployability‘s term in needs change, so that ‘no’ could become ‘yes’.numbers: Day 9: Update your wardrobe Sometimes you need a treat. Make sure you are ready for a potential interview by dressing smart and feeling good.  The Careers team have held 188 individual Day 10: Broaden your horizons guidance meetings, You are probably already looking for jobs near where you live or study, answered 130 on-line but have you considered relocating? How about moving abroad – Europe queries and delivered and the US are always popular choices? 56 sessions into academic Day 11: Set your 2012 goals Make your New Year career resolutions early. If you need help in starting your career action plan, book a meeting with a careers adviser when you  We are approaching come back to Uni. our 2000th on-line careers query Day 12: Relax answered and the You are now prepared for the January job hunt. It is Christmas! numbers using our ‘advice by e-mail’ service have jumped from 29 in November Christmas Opening Times 2010 to 56 in November 2011 Monday 19 Dec 10.00 -12.30 Tuesday 20 Dec 10.00 – 12.30  22 students Wednesday 21 Dec Closed responded to our Thursday 22 Dec 10.00 – 12.30 feedback survey and Friday 23 Dec 10.00 – 12.00 22 of them will recommend the our The Careers Information room will close on Monday 23 December 2011 services to their for a Christmas break. We will be friends offering some appointments in the w/c 9 January 2012. Our normal service will resume on Monday 16 January 2012.  Over 80 students have now enrolled to do the EGG Scheme The Careers and Employability on our Moodle site Team wish you all a very happy Christmas & New Year!
  3. 3. Teacher Recruitment FairPopular resources Calling all teaching students!  Destinations® - Come along to the Annual Teacher Recruitment Fair which will be held on Wednesday 11 January 2012 between 12 and 2pm in contains all the rooms AP014 and AP016 of Hardwick Campus, Cheltenham. There resources you need to will be representatives from national LEAs, the University Careers plan your career, Team and other recruitment specialists. including videos, interactive tools, downloads and Graduate schemes and opportunities: answers to frequently  Edelman Graduate Scheme (PR) – deadline for applications asked careers 31 December 2012 questions.  Graduate Software Engineer – apply now  Useful Downloads For more check out – here you can download our useful guides on job hunting Graduate Attributes (according to PWC) and applications, vacancies websites In a recent interview for ‘the gateway’ newspaper the head of Student by sector and watch Recruitment for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Richard Irwin talked about the things the firm are looking for in graduates i.e. ‘driven, motivated and videos resilient people with intellectual agility and curiosity, who can stay focused and get things done’. The high degree of self-awareness is also valued –  Gradsouthwest – this is the individual understanding of own strengths, weaknesses and for the latest jobs and development needs. Candidates who can demonstrate their zest for learning and developing their abilities will also score well. Richard Irwin opportunities, notified says: ‘To demonstrate these attributes, it’s important that candidates go to us. through an honest process of self-analysis and think about what they’ve achieved in the context of the skills we’re asking for. For example, a candidate may demonstrate their drive and motivation through having  Prospects - the sought out a valuable internship and gained skills from the experience. It official graduate doesn’t matter whether you’ve been involved in voluntary work, careers website academics, sporting activities or work experience – we’re interested in packed with what you’ve learnt, rather than the context in which you did it’. information about The EGG Scheme will help you develop your self-analytical skills by jobs, sectors, asking you to complete the personal statements of achievement and to postgraduate study reflect on how you have developed your skills and what you have learnt and more from your extra-curriculum activities. Get involved now and you will not only gain an award but be more confident at completing graduate job applications in the future.
  4. 4. Hunting for the UK’s The Legal Sectormost talented The Legal sector is more competitive than ever but still offers aundergraduates wide range of roles, apart from the traditional solicitors andWin big prizes from big barristers; there are opportunities as legal executives, legalrecruiters! secretaries and paralegals. Remember that dedication to the job is a must for any graduate wishing to take up a career in the sector.There are 12 Awards up forgrabs to identify the topundergraduates in IT and Recent Law graduates from the University secured jobs asComputer Science, Paralegal, Legal Assistant, Case Handler and Due DiligenceManagement, Law, Arts and Administrator.Humanities, Business andFinance, Engineering, SocialSciences, Construction, Based on the 2011 Guardian survey of the UK top 300 mostEngineering and Design, Low popular employers, students who were interested in law were quiteCarbon, Accountancy and likely to get involved in campus activities, have high salaryEconomics plus two special expectations and expected to work very long hours. The top tenawards: the ‘Future Business legal employers according to this survey were:Leader’ Award open to studentsfrom any discipline and the 1. Allen & Overy LLP‘First Year’ Award open toundergraduates from any 2. Clifford Chance LLPcourse who have just startedtheir second year. 3. Slaughter and MayThe rewards are great: winners’ 4. Eversherds LLPprizes include laptops, 5. DLA Piper LLPinternships and all-expensespaid trips to New York, South 6. Linklaters LLPAmerica, Florida, South Africa 7. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringerand continental Europe. 8. Simmons & SimmonsIf you make the final 10, notonly will you be very close to a 9. Pinsent Masons LLPfantastic prize, you will haveproved yourself to be amongst 10. Herbert Smiththe best and most employablestudents in the country. More about the sector:Enter at:   date for entries: 31January 2012