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HOW TO GET A JOB
HOW TO DECIDE WHAT JOB HOW TO LOOK FOR JOBS HOW THE JOB SELECTION PROCESS WORKS HOW TO WRITE A GOOD APPLICATION A GUIDE TO THE BASICS
How To Decide What To Do With The Rest Of Your Life Probably is not the rest of your life, people change track and jobs many times However, it is something you have to think about Make a list of your skills and things you would like to do in a job, eg interacting with people, data analysis, making money,.....
Do not embark on further study just to postpone your decision Think about what jobs would involve your skills and wish list List of job types and skills at (I recommend this)
HOW TO LOOK FOR JOBS Internet makes this easy, eg Google graduate finance jobs London Need to think about where you want to live Look for firms at Use the Job Vacancies database at
Use online job boards. They vary in what they are offering, eg graduate-jobs.com They are good for finding jobs with smaller firms Use company websites, have to know them first Fewer jobs in print now days, eg magazines and papers Look at Economics Job Market Forum https://www.kent.ac.uk/economics/index.html https://www.kent.ac.uk/economics/index.html See tab on right hand side of School home page The enrolment key is Networking
However, be realistic. No point in wasting effort Firms are not just interested in your degree results. Interested in your experience. Firms look at A levels. Without As you are not going to hit a top financial firm They often have minimum scores in GCSEs, eg Maths and English
USEFUL JOB WEBSITES Prospects website Including – Options with an Economics degree – Occupational profiles for 600 career areas
MORE USEFUL JOB WEBSITES This last one is particular useful for financial careers
CAREERS & EMPLOYABILITY FAIR Thursday 1st November 2.00 – 5.00 pm in Eliot Great Hall Lots of different employers including – Bank of England – PWC – Capita – Reeves – Accenture If you attend, do your homework about these companies
THE PROCESS OF APPLYING It varies a lot between jobs Hard work and takes time (from now to September 2013). More continuous than before Some mix of – online/paper application – CV + cover letter – online tasks – Competency questions – Interview – Group tasks (where a watch!) – It is hard work making applications and going through the application process
SOME DOs & DON’Ts Quality of application is important. This takes hours and days of time. Take it seriously Research your application Clamp down on the security of Facebook and other social network stuff In some job applications, experience is vital You may have to think of getting relevant experience if you have known at the moment, eg internship after you graduate
CURRICULUM VITAE Even if the application is online, the following rules still apply List of education, work and other experiences related to getting you a job or placement You are trying to match your skill set and experience to those that are required for the job Make a list of the job requirements and make sure your CV match these. Use your brain, job description or look at or
So have to alter CV to fit the job Have a basic CV but make it fit the skills etc. required for the different jobs you apply for CVs are just the beginning of the application process CVs are often used as a filter to get the number of applicants down to a reasonable number CVs have to be easy to read
They are an advert for you. They are often read in less than 30 seconds Design and think clearly about the design and order of presentation No more than two sides (backed or unbacked?) Some like one side. But a CV must be clear and bring out the message. You have the skills they want
Personal Profile - You can put a short personal statement at the beginning summarising the type of person you are and matching the requirements of the job Do not have complicated boxes or tables, do not repeat yourself a lot, eg putting your school next to each educational qualification Position the really good things so they catch the eye. Not every word of your CV will be read closely. So good things go first or last in a clearly labelled section. You have to put exam results down. If they are not good, think about whether a job is for you.
EXAMPLE CV Easy to read Personal profile – does the CV justify this profile? This person has good personal skills and gets on with well with people Everything bullet pointed no long paragraphs Has a wide range of skills (numeracy, analytical, literacy and personal skills), does this come across? Experience a bit confusingly organised
Second year marks? Third year modules? Computing skills a bit hidden Would put maths grade A much more visibly Put average mark of 64% in first bullet point. Depending on results, might give individual marks. Overall could do with a little more punch Other comments?
COVER LETTER A covering letter is a short introduction of yourself Written in clear English – no mistakes Make sure that it matches the requirements of the job You can make no more than 3 short points Try to have a name you are writing to Show you know the firm Do not go over the top
EXAMPLE COVER LETTER Which University and what am I studying? Could show more knowledge of XXX Has “economics given an extensive knowledge of business and customers ? Paragraph beginning “Overall...” is a bit over the top? C.V is an error Other errors or suggestions?
CAN YOU IMPROVE YOUR PROFILE? Difficult as pressure of work May need to apply for internships and work experience. Especially in the financial sector. Be realistic. Apply to smaller firms for experience Will you be paid? Now much more common Look at
WHAT WE WILL DO TO HELP YOU Help you with CV and covering letter workshops on one to one basis Come with your printed CV and example cover letter (not all at the same time!) Next week talk on “Further Academic Study” In week 6, we will have some numeracy and other competency tests
Interview advice and mock interviews in week 7 Weeks 8-12, drop in advice sessions me to arrange a meeting Anything else?
CONCLUSION AND WHAT TO DO NOW Decide what you are going to do. Nothing or a big effort Sort out you CV and start applying. Be prepared for the effort involved and the different types of assessment involved If in doubt ask for help Do not postpone this