Monday, 23 August 2010
If you haven't already, it may be a good idea to set up a LinkedIn profile. This is an online networking site for professionals. On this site an employer will be able to see the contacts you have made during any previous work experience you have had. Also, if you have an account with LinkedIn it’s often the first result if someone Googles your name, making it easy for them to view your professional history.
Monday, 16 August 2010
Before an interview we all know that it is good practice to do some research. This will help you answer typical questions like ‘tell me what you know about the business?’ The obvious place to find relevant information will be the company’s website. However, the problem is that every other candidate will be doing the same, leaving you with very little to distinguish yourself with - don’t miss this opportunity to impress! When researching before an interview you need to go the extra mile and use your time intelligently. Research the company’s competitors, the market they deal in and see if they have been in the news recently. These are the areas you need to cover if you want to show the interviewer you’re really on the pulse and that you want that graduate job.
Posted by Dan Hawes at 8/16/2010
Monday, 9 August 2010
A key part of a successful move into a new graduate job will be getting a clean breakaway from any current employers. The best approach is to give as much notice as possible and continue working as if you plan to stay. While it is important to give good notice, make sure you have written conformation from your new employer before you do so. Also, try to avoid telling co-workers that you are applying elsewhere. This will allow you to keep your options open. Before leaving, ask a senior person who you a have worked with to give you a reference. If you talk to this person about your future role and what you hope to achieve, then they will be able to promote you in a better way.