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Is it crass to talk about a Career when all you really need is a Job?

April 13, 2012

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 […]

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Interested in Teaching? Find out more about the PGCE

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 […]

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How to do an In-tray/E-tray exercise?

March 5, 2012

This is a guest post from Nik Shah at WikiJob. He shares his tips and own experience about how best to approach this particular activity which is used as part of some organisations’ recruitment processes. What kind of employers use In-tray/E-tray exercises? Generally, if you are applying to a big corporate company that has a […]

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Want Industry insight? Your chance to quiz the professionals

February 2, 2012

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 […]

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There’s something in this personal branding stuff

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 […]

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Management Consultancy in 2012: how to apply, where to find the jobs, and what you’re letting yourself in for?

January 16, 2012

This is a guest post from Don Leslie who is  a recruiter at management consultancy recruiters BLT. That’s his day job. What he really enjoys doing is evangelising for the consulting industry. You can contact him at BLT via dfl@blt.co.uk Written with Business school postgraduates in mind, this post will also be of interest to […]

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A New Year, same old you?

January 11, 2012

A belated Happy New Year to you. Hope you’re over the post holiday blues. So I don’t know about you but I had a busy but brilliant festive break. In between moving house, watching classic movies and playing with my new born niece, I got to thinking about new beginnings and fresh starts and wondered […]

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Careers Advice via Top Viral Videos of 2011

December 22, 2011

So we’re nearing the end of another year and winding down now for the Christmas break. I thought as a treat, I’d take a slightly different approach in my final blog post for this year and link some key careers advice to some of my favourite viral video hits of the year. Please excuse the […]

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How to survive an internal job interview?

November 21, 2011

If I were to hazard a guess, many jobs are filled by internal candidates; or people who are in some way known to the interviewers.   Knowing that the odds are with you doesn’t make going for an internal interview any less stressful though. In fact, it’s probably more stressful, I know one of my worst […]

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The Importance of Employability and Enterprise for Researchers

November 18, 2011

Lisbon, Paris, New York and er Birmingham. Ok so I haven’t been to the first three, but last week I was in the lovely City of Birmingham to attend a Vitae Conference on sharing best practice in terms of engaging employers and supporting the employability of researchers in or outside of Academia. Now this day […]

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