In this session, we will cover:
o The most common graduate steps
o The graduate recruitment process
o CV and written applications
o Further support
Common steps after graduation
Work – graduate or non graduate
Looking for work
Social media – LinkedIn, Twitter etc.
Recruitment Agencies agencycentral.co.uk , jobagencies.com
Employers’ websites sussex.ac.uk/careers/jobs/researchingemployers/
Working for yourself
Competency Based Recruitment
Set around a group of defined skills, attributes and
1. CLIENT RESPONSIVENESS
2. DELIVERING QUALITY SERVICE
3. BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS
5. BUSINESS FOCUS
6. PROBLEM SOLVING
8. CAREER MOTIVATION
9. MAKING AN IMPACT
Find out what the employer wants by looking at:
• Job advert
• Job description
• Employer´s website
• Sector information
Think about how you match this
Before starting an application…
Filling in Application forms
• Work in draft first
• Follow tips for on-line applications
• Check for spelling and grammar
• Complete all the sections
• Check you have answered the question
Evidencing your skills in an application form
• Describe a time you've successfully used communication
• Provide an example of a situation when you dealt with
conflict in your team.
• Please give us any information supporting your application
and provide evidence of any educational, employment and
extracurricular activities which demonstrate that you have
relevant skills for the role
Name / Address / Contact Information
Personal profile (optional)
Do I have something concrete to offer – qualification/experience?
What, Where, When / Highlighting relevance
Any experience or employment
IT, languages etc.
Make them relevant
1 academic and 1 work or personal
CVs- What do you include?
Use of language
• Use bullet points.
• Verbs at the start of sentences e.g.
“Doubled attendance at club meetings“.
• Use action verbs.
• Short sentences.
• Active not passive.
• Sufficiently formal.
• Check grammar and spelling.
Layout / Structure
• Logically ordered.
• Easy to read and not cramped.
• Use of underlining and bold.
• Try the 30 second test!
• knowledge of the job
• knowledge of the employer
• know how you match
• anticipate questions
while job hunting
• Job hunting takes time and potentially some
• Ask for feedback.
• Keep a positive attitude and self-belief.
• Fewer targeted applications = more effective than
• Create a network of support – use CEC!
How we can help
• CEC resources:
• CEC events
• 1-to-1 advice and feedback
• Approx. 400 graduate jobs at: sussex.ac.uk/careers/jobs