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Newsletter November

  1. 1. NEWSLETTERDo employers expect to seeyour CVs? November 2011PGCE workshops Do employers expect to see your CV?Information Room Some might believe that recruiters only use online application forms,The IT Sector but is this true? Recent online discussions amongst employers brought up the question - do theyGraduate Schemes still use CVs as part of the initial application process? RecruitersPopular Resources said that they now ask for CVs as well as application forms. Others preferred CVs because they are considered to be more personal and allow the candidate to sell themselves. The Careers & Employability team has analysed the latest employers’ directories and found that companies who require CVs rather than application forms come from various sectors – banking, engineering, education, IT, marketing, consulting, and retail. In addition our survey found that smaller companies generally request CVs and do Have you attended our EGGS introductory not often offer the opportunity of an online application and that there workshops? You can is a stronger tradition for using CVs in the recruitment sector. find out more about the scheme: If you are still wondering whether you need a CV, bear in mind a piece of advice from a recruiter from a large accountancy company: ‘prepare a strong CV as you can not only send it to those employers who do use CVs, but it should also provide the basis of the information you need when completing application forms’. So have you updated your CV yet? See our CV check list and use the ‘Advice by email’ to receive professional advice on ways of improving it. You can always book an appointment with one of our Careers Consultants for an instant feedback on your draft. Keep writing!!!
  2. 2. PGCE WorkshopsWhat students founduseful about our Our PGCE application workshops were very popular and the placesprevious PGCE for the first one were booked within a week of advertising the event. We also organised a repeatworkshops: session which was fully booked. We hope that all those who  ‘I found out what I wanted to attend the workshops need in order to managed to do so. apply and stand out in my But even if you could not make it you can download our ‘Preparing application.’ a PGCE application’ guide.  ‘Advice on the different types of Tech Tip for your personal statement: Use Verdana 11. Copy the personal statement from Microsoft Word training routes.’ into Note Pad and then copy from Note Pad to the GTTR online form. Note Pad can be found in the Accessories menu.  ‘We were shown good examples of personal  73% of the students who attended previous PGCE statements.’ workshops found the content of the sessions excellent  ‘The session was  55% said the exercises were good and 45% rated them as very informative’. excellent. There will be other workshops coming SOON! These will be  ‘It helped me advertised on the Careers & Employability website, the Current Students Page and Facebook. You will also see our posters around realise the the campuses. importance of the statement in the application’ HMRC Graduate Recruitment Talk  ‘I got some ideas Are you expecting to graduate with at least a 2:2 IN ANY SUBJECT? Would you like to join a Graduate Recruitment Scheme with a starting of the opening salary of £27,000? HMRC is responsible for collecting around £468 billion paragraph’ of tax from UK businesses and individuals, and for administering National Insurance, Student Loans, tax credits and compliance with the minimum wage. Philippa Miles from HMRCs Bristol centre will be at Park Campus in TC105B on Wednesday 9th November from 1.30 -2.30pm to talk about applying for the scheme, which has a closing date of 30.11.2011. To book your place for the talk, please go to:
  3. 3. We have changed our Information Room!Popular resources Our Blue Occupational Folders have gone – but we have ensured  Destinations® - that you can still access this information from our website and contains all the have created a bank of Delicious resources you need to links to various professional plan your career, organisations, job hunting and including videos, careers websites. interactive tools, downloads and The current focus of the Information Room is CVs – we have selected examples of CVs of students from different courses – answers to frequently Sports Science, Animation, English/Humanities, Photography, and asked careers Graphics and if you are thinking of applying for your first teaching questions. post we have a ‘Teaching CV’ example to get you started. All these are available as handouts and free to collect from the Careers  Useful Downloads Centre at FCH. – here you can We also take a variety of Careers publications and magazines – download our useful here are just a few guides on job hunting and applications, If you are planning postgraduate study, the Prospects vacancies websites Postgraduate Directory is here, along with the Prospects by sector and watch Postgraduate Funding Guide. videos For those exploring careers in Law – the Target Law magazine is available. If you want to find out which companies the Sunday Times  Gradsouthwest – rates as Top 100 for employing graduates, come and get the for the latest jobs and Sunday Times Top 100 Graduate Employers Directory. opportunities, notified to us. All these are free to you but hurry up because the supply is limited!  Prospects - the official graduate careers website packed with information about jobs, sectors, postgraduate study and more
  4. 4. The IT SectorMake the most of your The IT sector employs large numbers of graduates in a widefinal year at the Uni variety of roles. Graduate roles in the sector include: programmer, technical support, web developer, software tester,  Work hard business analyst.  Make an appointment with a Careers Recent graduates from the University secured jobs as Web Consultant asap. Designers, Data Analysts, System Analysts and Junior Support October and Analysts. November are our busiest months and Based on the 2011 Guardian survey of the UK top 300 most the appointments are popular employers, students who were interested in IT were booking very fast. We mainly male and expected to earn more than average. The top might not be able to ten IT employers according to this survey were: offer you an 1. Microsoft appointment on the 2. IBM day you call, but we 3. Intel book career meetings 4. HP up to a week in 5. Dell advance 6. BT  Register with 7. Cisco www.gradsouthwest.c 8. Accenture om – every day we 9. O2 release new graduate 10. Oracle vacancies.  Think about what you More about the sector:  want to do....not for  life, just for the first ector.htm few months, travel, temp work, Graduate Schemes volunteering , Find some coming deadlines to graduate schemes graduate schemes, commencing in 2012: further study...  Buy your interview WPP Marketing Fellowship Programme – 10 November outfit 2011  Start applying.... Civil Service Fast Stream Programmes – 30 November 2011 Prison Leaders Scheme with the National Offenders Management Service – deadline 28 November 2011