How do I make myself Employable?

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How do I make myself Employable?

  1. 1. How do I make myself “Employable?” Tahira Majothi Careers consultant University of Salford Careers and Employability Service www.careers.salford.ac.uk 0161 295 5088 1
  2. 2. NUS & CBI Employability Guide: Working towards your future 2
  3. 3. Self Awareness is crucial! Writing a CV or application before knowing what you have to offer or even want, is like putting the cart before the horse! •Prospects Planner Careers Quiz •Try Prospects Personality Tests •Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework •A SWOT Analysis helps clarify career decisions 3 •Career development workshops
  4. 4. Have Job Role, Company and Industry Awareness 4 •Our website has tips on researching employers • We run Employer events on campus •Visit Careers Fairs across UK •For the industry happenings, Read careers blogs, newspapers or websites as well as employer and professional websites. •Follow us via Social Media e.g. @Salfordpgrs or @UoSCareers on Twitter or Salford PhDs Past and Present on LinkedIn.
  5. 5. Prized Employability Skills A 2011 NUS and CBIA 2011 NUS and CBI SurveySurvey identified key skills as sought by Employers:identified key skills as sought by Employers: 5 •Explain and DemonstrateExplain and Demonstrate these skills in your application and at interview. •Research skills sought by occupationoccupation. Provide tangible examples using the STARSTAR technique. Positive Attitude Self Management Teamwork Communication Business or Industry Awareness Ability to Problem-Solve Interpersonal skills Literacy, numeracy and IT skills
  6. 6. Need advice on how to produce All Killer no Filler CVs? 6 There’s no point in undertaking employer research and skills analysis, only for your CV to let you down! There’s no point in undertaking employer research and skills analysis, only for your CV to let you down! •Take a look at our CV guides. •Drop-in to a CV Clinic at University House: Tuesdays 10.00am – 12.00pm Thursdays 2.00pm – 4.00pm http://www.careers.salford.ac.uk/page/CVClinic •Attend a CV Workshop either through the Careers or SPoRT programme.
  7. 7. Network! Network! Network! 7 •Great Blog by Queen Mary University Networking: What do I ask? Networking is all about making meaningful connections with people to help you today, tomorrow or in the future! Networking is all about making meaningful connections with people to help you today, tomorrow or in the future! •Guardian article on Networking. •Career Player video tips on how to develop networking skills. •REDS Guide to Networking via Salfordpgrs slide share.
  8. 8. Social Media and Job Search 8 •Social Media Workshops through Central Careers and via SPoRT. •Get an Online Presence Now Post •Make your blog your business card – post by Cristina Costa •Personal Branding for Researchers blog post •Career Management in the Digital Age – “Be What’s Next!” •Social Media and Graduate Job Search post
  9. 9. Enterprise 9 Heck even my niece has a Henna painting enterprise alongside her College studies! Heck even my niece has a Henna painting enterprise alongside her College studies! •Attend Enterprise Academy Sessions •Develop your Enterprise Skills with our support •Student Enterprise Societies at Salford University •Need help to turn your idea into a venture? Or perhaps just some office space? Contact Salford Origin or Spark Studios
  10. 10. Have questions, need answers? Get in touch… 10 We can help you to:We can help you to: •Explore career/study options •Look for work experience opportunities •Research employers and industries •Produce professional CVs and applications •Prepare for Interviews and Assessments Visit www.careers.salford.ac.uk or call 0161 295 5088
  11. 11. Image References 1. Flickr, , SnaPsi Сталкер, http://www.flickr.com/photos/snapsi42/3199460366/in/set-72157613686036062 , Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) 2. http://www.nus.org.uk/Global/CBI_NUS_Employability%20report_May%202011.pdf 3. Flickr, Leolein, http://www.flickr.com/photos/leolein/5586754584/, Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) 4. Flickr, N.Calzas, http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncalzas/5349392325/, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) 5. Flickr, kenfagerdotcom, http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenfagerdotcom/4886342418/, Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) 6. Flickr, climbnh2003, http://www.flickr.com/photos/edventures/2591833266/, Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) 7. Flickr, See-Ming Lee, http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/2149309015/, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) 8. Flickr, Rosaura Ochoa, http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosauraochoa/3256859352/, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) 9. Flickr, etringita, http://www.flickr.com/photos/etringita/2722410302/, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) 10. Flickr, photosteve101, http://www.flickr.com/photos/42931449@N07/5397530925/, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

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