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LinkedIn: How You Should Really Be Using It

By Rosie Pinder, BA English second year  Recently I’ve had lots of discussions with friends who no longer use LinkedIn, and I can understand why. It can easily become a space characterised by toxic productivity and self-promotion, which can be very overwhelming. However, if you change the way you use LinkedIn, it still has the potential to be a really useful platform.   …

How To Use Your Studies To Demonstrate Skills in an Application

Benedict Watson – Student Blogger Work experience is often mentioned in advice about applications. This can be very frustrating, as often it may feel that you need work experience in order to get work experience in the form of spring weeks and summer internships. While work experience is useful, internships and graduate roles CAN be …

A Guide to Pre-Interview Research Into a Company

By Rosie Pinder, BA English second year Everything about an interview can be daunting: what to say, what to wear, how to come across as someone who knows what they are talking about. But the area I find most challenging when preparing for an interview is research, both into the company and the role. Having …

How to Master Four Types of Interview

Benedict Watson – Student Blogger As the new year begins, so does the interview stage of applications for many internships, placement years and graduate jobs. In the Covid-19 world, many more interviews are virtual than in previous years. In this article, I’ll be going through each type of interview you could encounter and my top …

Applications and Interviews: How to Choose Your Best Examples

By Christian Jameson-Warren, Employability Education Projects Officer Competency-based questions are a really popular type of question used by employers during both applications and interviews. These are questions which ask candidates to describe when and how they have demonstrated a particular skill. What is the employer actually looking for? You might be in a position where you’re …

Be prepared for game-based assessments

By Peter Thornton, UoN graduate and Graduates First Consultant Employer assessments often seem mysterious and quite simply difficult to get right. No more is this true than for game-based assessments, now used by 10% of employers. Companies such as PwC, Deloitte, P&G, Unilever, Coca Cola and many more are increasingly looking to harness game technology …

My tips on video interviews from home

By Katy Skillen, MNutr Nutrition and Dietetics, second year student blogger Well, I never thought that I would be having a job interview in my bedroom. But I guess we are living in very unprecedented times. Normally, a job interview would involve me getting dressed up and sitting in an office across a desk from …

How to prepare for virtual assessment centres

By Christian Jameson-Warren, Employability Education Projects Officer As part of their response to the COVID-19 situation, many graduate employers have moved their recruitment activities more online, including assessment centres. Online (otherwise known as ‘virtual’) assessment centres involve completing a series of activities virtually where the employer will assess your performance against their criteria. These activities …

5 Signs Of A Positive Organisational Culture

By Abra Miller, Freelance SEO and Content Consultant, and alumna A job can offer the best salary, interesting and varied work, and a generous selection of benefits. But if you don’t gel with the organisational culture, even a job that looks perfect on paper can be a nightmare.  What do we mean by organisational culture? It’s the social and …

Don’t Be Scared To Speak About Salary

By Jennifer Balloch, Employability Officer  What do you think when a job advert doesn’t specify a salary and instead states, ‘negotiable’? Does it strike fear, or do you take it in your stride? How would you tackle this vague question? In some instances, negotiating will be expected, especially if the job advert doesn’t state a salary …