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International Students - Get Hired!

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Careers Adviser presentation, September 2015

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International Students - Get Hired!

  1. 1. Get hired! Welcome to the Careers and Employability Centre
  2. 2. Information about…… • Application forms • Curriculum Vitae • Interview skills • Working in the UK during your studies • Including – part time work, internships and placements • Resources available from CEC
  3. 3. Application forms What are they for? 1. Employers use application forms to pre-select a manageable number of suitable candidates for a particular job. 2. They select against a list of criteria (skills and experience) and to get selected for interview, you have to match this criteria. 3. Many graduate application forms are online but some employers, such as the public sector, still use more traditional application forms.
  4. 4. Application form - Getting Started 1. Know why you are applying to help you make a good application. 2. Find out about the company and the job 3. Employers often use competency based questions for applications 4. Look at the key words in the person specification 5. How do you match the job description & person specification. 6. Allow time to complete the form ahead of any deadline
  5. 5. Application form – types of questions 1.Straight forward questions.. ‘Please list your qualifications…..’ 2.Empty page questions 'Please use this space to explain why you should be considered for this position….use additional pages if you need to’ 3.Complex questions ‘Describe an occasion when you have had to explain something complicated to someone? Why was it important and how did you approach it?’
  6. 6. Application form – STAR formula S situation or scenario T task or challenge A action, what did you do? R result, positive outcomes
  7. 7. Application form - example Eg. Organisation skills I worked as an activity leader on a children's summer camp in America. There were ten leaders and due to bad weather we had to come up with a plan to keep the children busy indoors. I suggested we brainstorm some ideas and then get into groups of three to spend an hour developing one idea each. I then drew up a rota so that we all knew what we were doing and when. The extra activities were popular and the other leaders were happy to have shared the workload and limited the amount of additional work.
  8. 8. Application form - tips Work in draft first Follow guidelines for on-line applications Check for spelling and grammar Complete all the sections of all the questions Be positive!
  9. 9. CV design A CV usually contains the following information: •Personal details such as name and contact details •Education history •Employment/voluntary work •Skills and experiences •Achievements •Interests and hobbies •References
  10. 10. CV design Curriculum vitae •Two pages in length - clear layout, you can use headings to separate sections •A personal profile/objective - optional but useful •Ensure that you check the spelling and grammar •Be concise and use tools such as bullet points, and spacing •Make a positive impression on the first page so the employer is immediately aware of what you can do
  11. 11. Part time working in the UK - Working in term time • Students on a Tier 4 visa are usually allowed to be in paid employment for up to 20 hours per week during term • Only Undergrads can work full time during the vacation. • Postgrads can work full time after the official end of their programme • Restrictions include self employment , professional sportsperson or entertainer • The University recommends that you only undertake paid work for up to 15 hours per week if you are an undergraduate (20 hours per week if postgrad) • Jobs advertised our website www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/jobs/
  12. 12. Part time working in the UK – The things you need to know • Minimum wage (£6.70 an hour) • Income Tax (payable if earning over £10,660 per year) • National Insurance (payable if earning over £155 per week) • You must have a NI number 0345 600 0643 • Complete forms possibly attend interview at Job centre
  13. 13. Organisations interview candidates to find out: • If they can do the job, i.e. relevant skills and experience? • Will they do the job, are they motivated? • Do they fit in with the culture and team? • Interviews are a key part of the recruiting process and it is crucial to be well prepared.
  14. 14. Interview - preparation o Make sure you prepare oRemember it’s a two way process oKnow your CV inside out oRevise the job specification oPlan what to wear oSmile
  15. 15. Career planning sessions this term.. Tuesday 29th Sept 3-4 – Get hired! Practical advice on applying for placements, internships & jobs Most Tier 4 students can work part time and also apply for a professional placement year or vacation internship (sometimes called a vacation scheme). Knowing when and how to apply is crucial if you want to take advantage of this opportunity. This session will prepare you to make winning applications. Tuesday 6th Oct 10-11 – 10 effective job search strategies Not sure where, when or how to start looking for vacancies, or how to organise your job/placement search? This session will provide 10 logical steps to help you to make positive applications and approach employers with confidence. Wednesday 14th Oct 12-1 – How to build and promote your employability skills ‘Explain how your skills and experience meet the job description’ - most application forms will include a question asking you to explain why you are the best person for the job. In this session you can explore your skills and experience in advance so that you will be able to answer this question and make a positive impression.
  16. 16. Wednesday 4 November 11am – 3pm The Amex Stadium 120+ exhibitors… 1 iconic venue! All students welcome! Sponsored by: www.sussex.ac.uk/careersfair
  17. 17. How to get more help… • Briefings – Sussex plus, Finding work, CVs, Applications.. • Careers Advisers available daily 10-5pm • Events – listed on news & events page • Follow us on twitter & face book • Careers and Employability web site • www.sussex.ac.uk/careers

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