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Guest Blog: Top 5 Reasons Why You Should See An Application Adviser, by Carolina Are

Carolina, one of our Application Advisers, has written this fantastic post on why you should come and see one of the team!

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should See An Application Adviser – by Carolina Are

As a former City University BA Journalism student, I was aware of the existence of the Careers Service but never really used it. For two years, I became one of those people who sent the same CV and the same cover letter to every company and then wondered why I wasn’t getting a job. Luckily things changed once I joined a society and started working part-time in recruitment, but I could have used my time here way better and fixed my CV much earlier, and for free. How? By going to see an Application Adviser. Here are five reasons why you should too. Continue Reading

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The tricky “Why do you want to work for us?” application question

Chances are that as a student applying for work experience or graduate jobs you’ll encounter the question “Why do you want to work for us?”. Very likely at interview but also at the earlier application stage. It’ll either be a question asked directly on an online application form or it’s certainly one of three areas you should cover in a cover letter**. Yes, even at this stage they want some reassurance you have thought this through and have something unique and personal to say about this. Not always easy when on the face of it a lot of organisations in similar sectors can appear to look very much the same. We’ve put this video together to help you figure what things you could talk about in answering this question. We’re sure you’ll find it useful. Enjoy.

**p.s. the two other areas? 1. Why you (relevant skills and experience)? and 2. Why this career choice/sector?

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Guest Blog Post: Five things never to put on your CV

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              James Rice, Head of Digital Marketing at WikiJob on:

         Five things never to put on your CV

 

Writing or updating your CV takes a lot of effort, so you’d probably be surprised how little time graduate employers take to assess whether you might be the right candidate.

Five minutes? One minute?

Try six seconds. This is a field where first impressions count for everything, and where mistakes or a lack of professionalism can make the difference between the in-tray and the discard pile. Often those errors are seemingly trivial ones that you may not realise are what’s behind your application getting rejected.

Make sure your CV passes the six-second test by ensuring these five things never appear on it:

  1. Your life story or too much personal info.

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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)