How do I make myself "Employable"?


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This is a guide for students, graduates and postgraduates. Focusing on research around employability skills and also how we can help you to develop key skills.

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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 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! <ul><li>Prospects Planner Careers Quiz </li></ul><ul><li>Try Prospects Personality Tests </li></ul><ul><li>Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework </li></ul><ul><li>A SWOT Analysis helps clarify career decisions </li></ul>3 <ul><li>Career development workshops </li></ul>
  4. 4. Have Job Role, Company and Industry Awareness 4 <ul><li>Our website has tips on researching employers </li></ul><ul><li>We run Employer events on campus </li></ul><ul><li>Visit Careers Fairs across UK </li></ul><ul><li>For the industry happenings, Read careers blogs , newspapers or websites as well as employer and professional websites. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow us via Social Media e.g. @Salfordpgrs on Twitter or Salford PhDs Past and Present on LinkedIn. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Prized Employability Skills NUS and CBI Survey identified key skills sought by Employers: 5 <ul><li>You will need to “Explain and Demonstrate” these skills in your CV and at interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Research skills sought by occupation . Provide tangible examples using the STAR technique. </li></ul>Positive Attitude Self Management Teamwork Communication Business or Industry Awareness Ability to Problem-Solve Interpersonal skills Literacy, numeracy and IT skills
  6. 6. Killer CVs – From study into work 6 There’s no point in undertaking employer research and skills analysis, only for your CV to let you down! <ul><li>Take a look at our CV guides . </li></ul><ul><li>Drop-in to a CV Clinic: Tuesdays 10.00am – 12.00pm or Thursdays 2.00pm – 4.00pm </li></ul><ul><li>Attend a CV Workshop either through the Careers or SPoRT programme. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Network! Network! Network! 7 <ul><li>Great Blog by Queen Mary University Networking: What do I ask? </li></ul>Networking is all about making meaningful connections with people to help you today, tomorrow or in the future! <ul><li>Guardian article on Networking. </li></ul><ul><li>Career Player video tips on how to develop networking skills. </li></ul><ul><li>REDS Guide to Networking via Salfordpgrs slide share. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Social Media and Job Search 8 <ul><li>Social Media Workshops through Central Careers and via SPoRT. </li></ul><ul><li>Get an Online Presence Now Post </li></ul><ul><li>Make your blog your business card – post by Cristina Costa </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Branding for Researchers blog post </li></ul><ul><li>Career Management in the Digital Age – “Be What’s Next!” </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media and Graduate Job Search post </li></ul>
  9. 9. Enterprise 9 Heck even my niece has a Henna painting enterprise alongside her College studies! <ul><li>Enterprise Academy Sessions 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Develop your Enterprise Skills with our support </li></ul><ul><li>Student Enterprise Societies at Salford University </li></ul><ul><li>Need help to turn your idea into a venture? Or perhaps just some office space? Contact Salford Origin </li></ul>
  10. 10. Have questions, need answers? Get in touch… 10 <ul><li>We can help you to: </li></ul><ul><li>Explore career/study options </li></ul><ul><li>Look for work experience opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Research employers and industries </li></ul><ul><li>Produce professional CVs and applications </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare for Interviews and Assessments </li></ul> or call 0161 295 5088
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