What are employers looking for?

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What are employers looking for?

  1. 1. What are employers looking for?<br />Laura Woodward<br />Advice and Guidance Specialist<br />
  2. 2. My experience:<br />12 years generalist HR experience<br />High volume recruitment<br />Recruitment into scientific industry<br />Running assessment centres and graduate recruitment programmes<br />
  3. 3. CV’s<br />Covering Letters<br />Application Forms <br />Interviews<br />Assessment Centres<br />
  4. 4. Common pitfalls <br />Graduates assume having a good degree will be enough<br />Selection criteria is not addressed in their application<br />Don’t make clear why they want the job and/or why they want to work for the organisation<br />Write too much<br />Write too little<br /> Stand out for the right reasons!<br />
  5. 5. CV’s and Covering Letters <br />CV’s<br />Keep to 2 sides<br />Tailor to the job<br />No need to include published scientific papers for non-academic role<br />Avoid scientific acronyms <br />Covering letters<br />Address the selection criteria<br />Make clear why they want the job<br />Make clear why they want to work for the organisation<br />
  6. 6. Application Forms<br />Follow instructions<br />As with CV/covering letters – ensure selection criteria is addressed<br />Competency examples – HOW you do things<br />
  7. 7. Assessment Centres<br />Remember they are being assessed the whole day – this includes over lunch.<br />Make sure you participate – particularly in group exercises – if you don’t do anything – there is nothing to mark you on.<br />Interviews<br />Competency based interviewing <br />Provide a variety of examples <br />Ask questions – have some prepared<br />
  8. 8. Preparation <br />An appreciation that preparation is key<br />Research the organisation and ensure you have a good understanding of the position<br />

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