and Job Search
Helen Gorman & Karen Field
Careers & Employability Advisers
In this session we will cover:
• Knowing yourself
• Knowing your
• Targeting your CV
How we can help
Career choice - where to start?
who you are
Know what you can offer:
skills, interests, values, personality and strengths
Know what you are looking for:
types of activity, level of reward, part time or full time,
trying something out, graduate scheme, people you
want to work with …
Try a careers self assessment – Prospects Planner OR
Profiling for Success:
Understanding who you are
Researching your options
Matching yourself to career options.
What can you do with your degree?
What other options are open to you?
What do graduates do?
Finding out about different job roles
Knowing your labour market
Bring together your research to help you
• what you are looking for
• what you have to offer employers
• what options are open to you
This will help you:
• create targeted CV and job applications
• make more focused job searches
You may want to talk this through with a Careers Advisor.
• establish a routine
• tidy up your online presence
• keep records of what you’ve
applied for and when so you can
• keep copies of applications, you’ll
need them to prepare for interviews
• research organisations carefully, to help target your
applications and for interview preparation
Be focused - don’t just google
• CareerHub is a good starting point:
• For specialist vacancy sources, use the sector guides
on the Sussex Uni website: www.sussex.ac.uk/careers
• Graduate career websites and directories: Prospects,
• Newspapers – eg. Guardian (national), Argus (local)
• Agencies – see Sector guides for local Brighton agencies on
the Sussex Uni website: www.sussex.ac.uk/careers
• Want to go overseas?
Current vacancies on CareerHub
Communications Internship – Champollion
If you’re clued up on current affairs and passionate about politics, we have a
fantastic opportunity to intern with one of the UK’s most highly respected
communications agencies. Deadline: 14 June.
Graduate Programme 2016: Financial Advisory - Forensic – KPMG
KPMG is looking to appoint a number of Graduates under their Financial
Advisory - Forensic Graduate Programme 2016 in Reading. Deadline: 24 June.
General Engineering and Support Technicians MI6
The Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) are currently looking to hire graduates to
work as Engineering and Support Technicians. Deadline: 27 June.
Language Assistant Apprentice
The British School of Brussels offers the opportunity to work in a large, vibrant
languages department alongside experienced colleagues from a wide range of
cultural backgrounds. Deadline: 13 June.
Creative job searching
Make speculative job applications:
• there are benefits in being
• identify employers you want to
• network online and in person
• join LinkedIn to create a
professional online network
Targeting your CV and applications
• Who is your audience?
• What are they looking for?
Look at the job description and
• Show that you have the skills
they are looking for - use the
• Use key words from the person
Use examples from all your experiences:
work, volunteering, societies, interests…
Careers and Employability Centre support:
• For 3 years after you graduate
• Short interview with a careers adviser:
Mon – Fri from 10 am ‘til 5pm, Weds ‘til 7pm
• Vacancies – part time, work experience,
internships, graduate jobs:
How we can help you