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Job Search Beyond Graduate Schemes


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Careers adviser presentation on creative job search techniques

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Job Search Beyond Graduate Schemes

  1. 1. Careers & EmployabilityCentre Job Search beyond Graduate Schemes
  2. 2. Workshop will cover:The different ways graduates find work in the UKCreative approaches to job searchHow the Careers and Employability Centre can support you inyour job search
  3. 3. Graduates in the LabourMarket Non Graduate Jobs 35% Graduate Jobs 65% Non Graduate Jobs All UK graduates responding Graduate Jobs to survey 6 months after graduation
  4. 4. What sectors do graduates work in?Public sector – civil service, local government, publicprotection, health service, taxCommercial sector – manufacturing, retailing, businessservices, professional services, engineering, media,Voluntary sector – charities, not for profit organisations,community organisations
  5. 5. Who employs graduates?Large graduate recruiters – household names, eg Tesco, Boots,HSBC, Unilever, Rolls Royce, annually recruitProfessional firms – e.g accountancy- year round recruitment;law firms- training contracts two years ahead; engineering-variesPublic sector- civil service, teaching, HMR&C, NHS, armedforces- annually recruit
  6. 6. Who employs graduates cont:Small & Medium sized companies– less than 250 employees – employ graduates but no regularcycle of recruitment ( publishing, arts and heritage, media)Work experience/Temping- temping jobs can develop experienceand lead to permanent jobsSelf Employment
  7. 7. How are graduatesrecruited?• Non advertised vacancies – word of mouth,previous employer or contact, speculativeapproaches, through internships & volunteering• Advertised vacancies – websites, newspapers,specialist publications, in agencies
  8. 8. Creative job search- what does itinvolve?Research using: contacts, internet (search engines),socialnetworking, professional directories, attending eventsWork experience/shadowing/volunteering/research project
  9. 9. NetworkingNetworking- what is it?Making contactsHelp you find out more about a careerSet up work experiencePrepare for applications and interviewsContacts can be friends, family, tutors, professional bodies,names on websites or job ads….Just talking to contacts can help you understand the nature of thework, what kind of experience and qualifications you need to build,find out about job opportunities, tips on entry
  10. 10. If you aren’t sure about networking,remember….You have probably already used networking skillsMost people are flattered to be asked for adviceThere are many established networks that you can useIf you ask someone (tactfully) for help- they can always say no!Many people establish successful careers using their networks
  11. 11. Online NetworksA professional online presence can help you to make contact withpeople in the sector you are interested inLinkedIn or similar professional networks may helpFacebook presence should be professional and well maintained(appropriate use of privacy settings)Twitter can be used to follow and engage with people andorganisations in sectors you are interested inSussexPlus use it to create a webfolio to introduce yourself
  12. 12. Approaching EmployersSpeculative approaches are most common:• Letter or email• Phone call – it’s good to speak to someone• Employers may not respond to a letter or email if they are busyso follow it up• Arrange a visit/ meeting• Do your preparation before- what do you want to find out? Whatquestions could you ask?• Research the person that you are contacting/ company &demonstrate your knowledge of
  13. 13. Where to start?Identify what you have to offer an employer in terms of your skillsand abilities.Understanding yourself is a good starting point in job search.Reflect upon what you want from a job in terms of:- Types of activity you want to engage in- Level of financial or other reward- Types of people you want to work with- Location- where do you want to be?See
  14. 14. Get a strategy!Some tips: Establish a routine Look at the jobs you may be aiming for in the future Positive mental attitude! Exploit contacts/ temp contracts Use Careers & Employability Centre Review your strategy regularly
  15. 15. Careers and Employability Centresupport Careers and Employability Centre, The Library Short interview with a careers adviser: Mon – Fri until 5pm and Wed 5 –7pm Workshops – weekly Vacancies – part time, work experience, graduate jobs Website