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Building your future?

I wanted to wish new and returning students plus our recent graduates a very, very warm welcome to the new Acedmic Year 2014-15. This year we have a new offering which are our Career Lounges. These will be running three times a week. Check these out as well as our Careers Workshops. All sessions are practical to help you hone your skills, not just information lead.

Building your future and preparing yourself

Careers Workshops – help with:
• Searching for internships and graduate jobs
• Cvs and applications
• Gaining an edge in the job market
• Interview technique

Ready for work

Careers Lounges (new) – help with:
• cvs and applications
• Employer recruitment & selection

Book now! Before places get taken!

Best Wishes,

Marlon Gray (Senior Careers Consultant)

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Networking – “Is emailing an effective networking tool?”

Networking is useful when you are looking to get information beyond what’s written (e.g. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the employer’s website). It can also be utilise to promote you to employers and may lead onto work experience then potentially to a graduate opportunity. It is in essence a tool for tapping into a hidden job market.

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A warm welcome from the Senior Careers Consultant!

I’d just like to add a really warm welcome to our new and returning students. Plus as with every year I’d also like to emphasise that we are very much your career service no matter which school you belong to. The autumn term is our busiest period – particular October. This is no surprise since we understand the importance of applying for internships and graduate schemes to secure a future. Many of these you will be aware have already opened. Some may have even opened at the tail end of the summer.

Our short (20 minute) appointments are perfect for advice and support on opportunity search and applications. Then as you move to the later part of the term you may wish to take advantage of our longer (45 minute) appointments either for career guidance and coaching or a mock interview.

To help you get off to a flying start we have also put together some excellent workshops (our Skills Session + Plus + series) run by our professionally qualified team of Careers Consultants. These focus on essential topics which will aid you in gaining that key opportunity. They are designed also to help you accelerate the time it takes to prepare an application or for selection.

For appointments and events, which include our workshops please go to: www.city.ac.uk/careers

All the best for the coming year! We very much look forward to meeting you and accelerating your career!

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The early bird catches the worm! – For new final year students in the coming autumn term.

Often when you talk with employers they talk about those students who get organised early in terms of researching and focusing on their graduate opportunities.

Employers often have an expectation that the graduates they want (the pro-active current students) will be researching and looking to apply early for graduate schemes.

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Some tips on preparing and performing in interviews

The interview season is upon us. Hopefully with support from your careers service on applications and cvs during the winter term you have secured an interview in the spring term. Here are our top tips for interview prep:

* Be confident, but not over confident. There should be enough anxiety in the way you feel about the forthcoming interview to create motivation. However, too much may make you over obsessive about memorising facts about the organisation rather than focusing on why you want to work for them.

* Be prepared to have a proper conversation. There is a perception that an interview is purely a Q & A session – like a verbal version of an exam where you tell the interviewer what they want to hear. It is not. Most intelligent interviewers will expect a discusssion. They will also expect you as a sign of maturity to ask for clarification and ask questions back that are sensitive and relevant.

* Have examples. Try to prepare examples that illustrate the competancies they are looking for. Perhaps one example per competency. A good tip here is to structure the example around Situation, Task, Action and Result (STAR). Focus your energies around the Action part of STAR remember to include verbs. Another tip is to avoid memorising your examples word for word. There is no point because you know the example already. It does not matter if you change the words, it’s the content that matters. Also, where possible pick an example based on an activity that you enjoyed.

One or two tips on performance:

* Smile & Enthusiam. When you meet with the employer its important that they know you are pleased to meet them. Employers will not just judge you on what you say, they will also draw conclusion from the impression you leave them. The employer will be asking themselves questions such as did they show enthusiam and are they the right fit in terms of mind set for my organisation?

* Ask questions. You may also be assessed on questions you ask the employer. Did you ask sensible intelligent questions? Did you pose questions beyond frequently asked questions on our website? Are you interested in the responses to your questions?

For further tips on preparation for interview click on the following link: http://www.city.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/148531/Preparing-for-an-Interview-New-2012-13.pdf