Career planning

Write a CV you can be proud of

by Fiona Christie on May 8, 2013

I have just edited my prezi on writing a CV. Help with CVs is probably one of the most sought after services we offer in Careers & Employability, so I wanted to make my presentation available online. Writing a CV is often a hard thing for people to do, even though I know there are […]


Should you bother with LinkedIn?

by Fiona Christie on April 14, 2013

Make no mistake, you won’t get a job just because you are on LinkedIn and have a perfectly crafted profile. Your career success will always be much more about the quality of the work you do and also working hard. Some things don’t change in that respect. However, it makes absolute sense to utilise LinkedIn […]


Uncovering tactics that will make your career fly high

by Fiona Christie on November 16, 2012

“The world currently is filled with workers whose weeklong question is “when is the weekend going to be here?” And then “thank god, it’s Friday”. Their work puts bread on the table…but they are bored out of their minds. They’ve never taken the time to think out what they uniquely can do and what they […]


“If you want it enough, you’ll find a way.”

by Mary Macfarlane on October 31, 2012

Ever heard that before? You want to do something, but there are obstacles.  Perhaps there’s a qualification you’d need; perhaps you’d need to support yourself some other way until you got a break; perhaps it’s difficult to manage around your family responsibilities.  You express some reservations about how you’ll manage, and someone who’s already made […]


When you’re going through hell, just keep going

by Fiona Christie on July 13, 2012

I love this quote attributed to Winston Churchill – it sums up that sometimes when you are facing tough times, there’s going to be no rescue squad on hand and you’ve just got to stick with it and keep on going. I’ve written about resilience before and in this post I’m returning to that theme. […]


Social Media for Researchers

by Tahira Majothi on July 11, 2012

We’re back online, yay! Did you miss us? To celebrate the return of our Postgraduate Careers Blog, I would like to draw your attention to two really useful resources for researchers around the theme of digital literacy. The first is the June 2012 release of findings from a joint study by the British Library and […]


This must be my sixth attempt at writing this post, sometimes the most challenging part of knowing that you have something to say or recognising that something needs to change, is how to make a start. As a Careers Adviser I’d say that I am pretty well versed in helping students, graduates and postgraduates explore […]


Interested in Teaching? Find out more about the PGCE

by Tahira Majothi on March 19, 2012

I am posting this on behalf of my colleague Mary Macfarlane, a Careers consultant here at the University of Salford. Mary recently attended a presentation on Postgraduate Teacher Training, as delivered by Rachel Farleigh of Edge Hill University. Students who attended the presentation learned about the importance of getting work experience and being able to give details […]


A  2011 CBI Survey found that ”employability skills are the single most important consideration for 82% of businesses when recruiting graduates. However 70% of employers said that university students need to do more to prepare themselves to be effective in the workplace”.  Subsequently the CBI and NUS jointly produced an Employability Guide for students to help them better understand […]


There’s something in this personal branding stuff

by Fiona Christie on January 20, 2012

Within the world of careers advice and coaching, personal branding is a phrase that has kept coming up in recent months and is a concept that I have had my “eye on” for some time as a framework for  individuals to harness in planning and developing their careers. One of my colleagues Tim Ward has […]