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  • Introduce ourselves and ask the audience what they want to get out of the session. MM to write up and we can go through each in turn and set expectations for the session
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  • Expand on each point and signpost resources
  • Define elevator pitch, discuss USP and Equity
  • Are you defined by a job title or something more?
  • Consistent branding across media
  • Consistent branding across media
  • PM to take overFor the prospects planner handout see us on Twitter (see our sector-specific lists!) at is a phenomenally useful too – there’s help getting started here March 2012 - 161 million members in over 200 countries and territoriesTo learn more about the Oxford Careers Network see
  • We have briefing pages on a huge range of careers – go to ‘Students’ and then Occupations to see more.
  • NETWORKING AS A SOURCE OF OCCUPATIONAL RESEARCH- Do a shout round to get them to shout out a couple of sectors of work that they are looking for … then ask for anyone who knows anyone in the room …
  • If you’ve finished your course, you should’ve received instructions on converting to an alumni account – if not, contact reception ( you’re a current student, you simply use single sign-on to get in to see over 1,600 alumni…
  • Now let’s assume you have decided on your dream job … how do you get it??
  • Active job searching is really important because … Some stats to think about ….US data (from very similar picture to the UKInternal moves – 41.5%Of external hires:Referrals – 24.5%Job boards 18.1%Approx 70% of jobs are “hidden” in the 99% of companies who are SME’sLinked in claim around 60 - 80% of jobs are found through networking ….
  • A lot of social media out there – lots can be used in job search strategy. Linked in has been the most effective we have seen.
  • All sorts of resources out there telling you how to make the most out of linked in including linked in online tutorials and our own presentation on making the most out of linked in …Social Media for online networking – on our facebook page
  • Need to mention info interviewing here
  • Workshadow Via:Alumni from university – Oxford Careers Network Contacts via friends, family, previous contacts Directly approaching an organisation
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  • Mentoring: call our reception desk (01865 274 646) for an alumni mentor password, enter brief career details in the Oxford Careers Network and enable students to contact you.Offer internships or jobs: you have unique access to one of the finest talent pools in existence. To discuss offering an internship contact and to post job vacancies contact or panelist: if you are willing to share your experiences on panels or at networking events, or if you have an inspirational TED talk, contact we are always looking for alumni profiles for publications and websites, to help students select the right careers ( please take the time to share your interview experiences so that students and alumni can benefit ( if you are in recruitment or careers advice it can be fascinating to volunteer at CV clinics of students and alumni at networking events and fairs ( does your organisation have a venue suitable for 50 people or 150 people to meet? If so, would your organization want to raise its profile with local Oxford alumni by providing a venue for a networking event with eminent alumni speakers and audience?Get even more involved: we have many student activities such as The Student Consultancy and The Shed where alumni coach teams, provide business challenges or provide low-level angel funding to encourage young Oxford entrepreneurs (
  • Discover yourself

    1. 1. DISCOVER YOURSELF Dr Mike Moss, Alumni Careers Adviser Polly Metcalfe, Careers Adviser
    2. 2. Objectives?
    3. 3. How do you move forward? Our alumni careers program is a four step process: Self-awareness – discover your target jobs. Networking and research – uncover essential information. Action – create winning CVs, cover letters, applications and interviews. Partnership – offer mentoring and internships.
    4. 4. Self Awareness • Matches personal goals and values. • Autonomy and guidance. • Leverages strengths • Risk/stability/security match • People • Practical Resources: • Careers Workbook, Books e.g. How to get a Job You’ll Love, MBTI, Careers Adviser
    5. 5. This self awareness feeds into your: • Elevator Pitch • Unique Selling Proposition • Personal Brand Equity
    6. 6. When you search yourself what do you hope you’ll find?
    7. 7. When you search yourself what do you hope you’ll find?
    8. 8. Describe yourself in one sentence or six words. Self-awareness Exercise
    9. 9. Networking & Occupational Research • Where other graduates / colleagues have gone before (DHLE) • Google - Prospects, targetjobs, indeed, i-could • Job specifications (e.g. CareerConnect, icould, targetjobs) • Career Briefings - occupations/sectors-and-occupations/ • Sector specific publications & networks • Networking
    10. 10. Undergraduate destinations Work Only 44% Work and Study 8% Study Only 36% Unemployed 6% Unavailable 6% The City, 20% Academia and Education, 18 % Health & Social Care, 12% Culture, Sport and Leisure, 8% Government, Order & Policy, 5% Consumer Goods & Retail, 5% Charity 5% Media 4% PG-R, 22% PG-T, 37% Prof. Qual., 17% PG Dip or Cert, 11% Other, 11% No qual 2% DLHE data, 2009-2011 Six months after leaving
    11. 11. Networking •Alumni – Oxford Careers Network • Contacts via friends, family etc • • Speculative approaches
    12. 12. Questions to ask Outline your situation, and that you’re looking for advice • Who is the best person to speak to? Once you’re in conversation with the right person: • How did you get started in your career? • Why did you choose to become a …….? • What are the best and worst things about your role? • When thinking of this job, I think it’s like … - am I right? Afterwards: • Thank them and show how their information has helped • Suggest work experience / shadowing / job opportunities / contacts
    13. 13. Oxford Careers Network Search by job function (or college, or degree subject….and more
    14. 14. University of Oxford LinkedIn
    15. 15. Job Search Strategies to Offers Action
    16. 16. Active job searching: be proactive! Re-active or passive job hunts can be • Limiting: Reveal only limited opportunities • Random: Only allows you to see jobs that happen to be advertised at the time you are looking and in the places you look • Competitive: many applicants for advertised posts
    17. 17. Using Vacancy Websites • Ask in information interviews where they advertise • Seek out sector vacancy sites via Career Briefings • Sign up for tailored email alerts where available • Use CareerConnect…
    18. 18. • Relevant agencies are the key • Be aware of their focus • Be clear and precise in what you’re looking for • Keep them informed as your search progresses/changes Using Agencies
    19. 19. Present the information you’d like an employer to find: - CV + Recommendations -Links to online evidence Research: - Employers and individuals - Join sector groups to learn more Connect: - Maintain professional contacts Using
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    21. 21. Speculative approaches • Build their knowledge of you through information interviewing • Use the opportunity to find out what you could offer • In a follow up, make your pitch: Cover letter and CV Clear identification of how you could be useful Flexible opportunities to engage
    22. 22. Alternative Strategies • Volunteering • Travelling • Postgraduate study • Self-employment • Constructive unemployment
    23. 23. Next Steps Making Competitive applications • services/our-publications/ • Book an appointment (
    24. 24. • Mentoring • Offer internships or jobs • Speaker or panelist • Profiles • Feedback • Volunteer • Venues • Get even more involved Partnership
    25. 25. Thank you