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Applying for graduate schemes 2015

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Careers Adviser presentation, September 2015

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Applying for graduate schemes 2015

  1. 1. Applying for Graduate Schemes
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. Common steps after graduation Work – graduate or non graduate Further study Other Looking for work
  4. 4. Finding vacancies Graduate schemes sussex.ac.uk/careers/jobs/graduateschemes tinyurl.com/gradfairs Graduate jobs sussex.ac.uk/careers/jobs Social media – LinkedIn, Twitter etc. Recruitment Agencies agencycentral.co.uk , jobagencies.com Sector specific sussex.ac.uk/careers/researchingcareers Employers’ websites sussex.ac.uk/careers/jobs/researchingemployers/ Location specific Sussex: diigo.com/list/sussexcdec/working-in-sussex UK: careers.manchester.ac.uk/findjobs/where/regional International sussex.ac.uk/careers/careerchoices/international Working for yourself guides.careers.sussex.ac.uk/enterprise sussex.ac.uk/careers/startupsussex
  5. 5. Graduate Recruitment Process
  6. 6. Competency Based Recruitment Set around a group of defined skills, attributes and expectations •Job advertisement •Job description •Person specification •Other information
  7. 7. 1. CLIENT RESPONSIVENESS 2. DELIVERING QUALITY SERVICE 3. BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS 4. LEADERSHIP 5. BUSINESS FOCUS 6. PROBLEM SOLVING 7. ACCOUNTABILITY 8. CAREER MOTIVATION 9. MAKING AN IMPACT KPMG Competencies
  8. 8. Example Online Application
  9. 9. Find out what the employer wants by looking at: • Job advert • Job description • Employer´s website • Sector information Think about how you match this • Skills • Experience • Knowledge Before starting an application…
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. Evidencing your skills in an application form Competency questions • Describe a time you've successfully used communication skills. • Provide an example of a situation when you dealt with conflict in your team. Personal statements • 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
  12. 12. STAR Situation Task Action Result www.kent.ac.uk/careers/compet/skillquest.htm
  13. 13. Personal Details Name / Address / Contact Information Personal profile (optional) Do I have something concrete to offer – qualification/experience? Education What, Where, When / Highlighting relevance Work experience Any experience or employment Additional skills IT, languages etc. Interests Make them relevant Referees 1 academic and 1 work or personal CVs- What do you include?
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. Layout / Structure • Logically ordered. • Easy to read and not cramped. • Use of underlining and bold. • Font. • Length. • Try the 30 second test!
  16. 16. Selection tests and Assessment centres
  17. 17. Interviews Prepare: • logistics • knowledge of the job • knowledge of the employer • know how you match • anticipate questions • practise
  18. 18. Resilience while job hunting • Job hunting takes time and potentially some rejection. • Ask for feedback. • Keep a positive attitude and self-belief. • Fewer targeted applications = more effective than blanket approach. • Create a network of support – use CEC!
  19. 19. How we can help • CEC resources: sussex.ac.uk/careers/jobs/applyingforjobs • CEC events sussex.ac.uk/careers/events • 1-to-1 advice and feedback • Approx. 400 graduate jobs at: sussex.ac.uk/careers/jobs

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