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The Art of a Cover Letter

Created 06/12/2012 15:38 Last updated 27/02/2017 05:26

I graduated six years ago. Yes, that’s right. I have been a graduate twice as long as I was ever a student. But it’s only been in recent years that I finally understood the need for a cover letter. I spent my uni days and early career thinking a cover letter was a bit of a waste of time and pointless repetition of my CV. I would start sentences with the phrase “as you can see on my CV blah blah” or “I’d like to draw your attention to xyz experience” which I now realise was a waste of valuable persuasion space!

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Evidencing your skills: the so what principle

Created 06/12/2012 15:35 Last updated 06/12/2012 15:39

The most useful feedback on my first attempt at a graduate CV was “so what?” This pearl of wisdom was given to me rather bluntly by my university careers service. I was rather hoping that they would either tell me my CV was brilliant, or tell me in very specific detail what I had to say to make it brilliant. Instead I got “so what?” So why was this so useful?

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Win an Ipad Mini!

Created 06/12/2012 15:34 Last updated 25/02/2017 18:46

Calling all 2011 and 2012 UK graduates – in return for completing an online questionnaire about your perspective on the graduate job market, you have a chance to win an iPad mini!

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Guest blog from Guardian Jobs: Finding a graduate job

Created 17/01/2012 16:18

Guardian Jobs has written a guest blog for you lucky GradsEast users. Find out their advice on job researching, speculative applications and networking.

Finding a graduate job: It’s all about knowing where to look!

Most university students think about their career prospects long before they’re holding that all-important certificate and scouring graduate jobs boards. Finding any job, let alone the right job, isn’t the easiest of tasks so sometimes it’s necessary to get creative in your thinking and take the less traditional route.

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All I want for Christmas is a new job!

Created 23/12/2011 10:21

January is a popular time for people to reassess their lives which involves taking a long hard look at the job they’re in. Those that aren’t satisfied with what they are doing will start to look elsewhere causing a good old move around in the job market. To make the most of the increase in jobs advertised you need to be ahead of the game, with your CV already perfected and your professional persona fully linked up on social media.

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How to spot a bad boss in an interview

Created 15/12/2011 17:09

I came across this interesting article on LinkedIn today about how to spot a potentially bad boss in an interview. This reminded me of one key thing that is easy to forget when looking for a job, especially when starting out in your career. It’s that a job interview is as much to find out about your potential employer as it is for them to find out about you.

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Sneak peak into an assessors eye view of assessment centres

Created 06/12/2011 11:58

Whilst at a careers fair last week I met some students who said that they would like a bit more information about what to expect at assessment centres. Well, as good timing would have it, I have just completed some training to allow me to be an assessor at assessment centres so I might be able to offer a sneaky insight into what an assessor will be looking for.

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Do you use social media to hunt for jobs?

Created 25/11/2011 16:51

Today’s live debate into the evolving role of university careers services brought up an interesting topic. The use of social media in job hunting.

I have only worked at Graduates Yorkshire for three weeks so I am busy trying to learn everything I can about the recruitment industry but one fact I read about really took me by surprise. I heard a statistic that 60% of jobs are not advertised through the usual channels like job boards, ads and agencies. I found this a bit hard to believe because it at first seemed counter-intuitive for employers to avoid making their job adverts as easy to find as possible.

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Good news! Graduate employment is on the rise.

Created 14/11/2011 15:17 Last updated 11/01/2015 06:45

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) has  released a report that suggests the levels of graduate unemployment are starting to drop. The report shows that whilst the reduction in public sector employment is likely to affect graduates the modest growth in private sector recruitment is likely to offset this.

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Having trouble bagging that dream job?

Created 21/07/2010 14:49 Last updated 21/07/2010 14:53

 Well look no further as GradsEast are on hand to make that job search just a little bit easier. 

On the 12th of August at the University of Hertfordshire we will be holding a development day especially for you.  We all know that it's proving a little bit tricky getting that ideal job at the mo so this will be an excellent opportunity for you to stand out from the crowd!

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