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Do you use social media to look for jobs?

Created 25/11/2011 16:44 Last updated 05/10/2017 05:42

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 12:01 Last updated 05/10/2017 05:43

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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The importance of a good telephone manner

Created 05/10/2011 16:30 Last updated 28/03/2018 20:35

With more and more companies opting for phone conferencing as an efficient and cost effective way to run a smooth business, confidence, authority and general communication skills on the phone is more important than ever for graduates.

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Conference calls are vital to the success of many businesses these days, so an excellent telephone manner is often a necessity for all applicants. You might have done plenty of talking on the phone over the years, but business phone calls are a whole different kettle of fish. That is not to say that you should worry if you haven’t had any telephone etiquette experience, as such. In fact, you probably already have the skills required to be successful on the phone, you just need to put them into practice.

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How to tackle online recruitment tests

Created 29/09/2011 13:01 Last updated 18/09/2017 02:25

An increasing number of employers are using online assessments to help them narrow down the field.

Like any test these can be a nerve racking experience, particularly if you have never taken one before. So to help calm your nerves, and ensure you have the best chance possible of landing that dream job, here are some tips on what to expect, and how to prepare and tackle these types of tests.

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The ups and downs of freelancing

Created 02/09/2011 10:55 Last updated 14/01/2015 10:57

 

 

It has now been a month since I started freelancing, a whole month! It has passed incredibly quickly, and so I’m going to take this opportunity to reflect on what has happened so far.

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Live internship debate 1st September 2pm-4pm

Created 30/08/2011 12:10 Last updated 14/01/2015 10:58

 

 

This Thursday (1st September) between 2pm-4pm we'll be holding a live debate on our blog about Internships.  It's an opportunity for both graduates and employers to come together to chat about the benefits of internships and how they can be a good thing for both employers and graduates!  In this increasingly tough market internships are a great way for grads to get experience.  It also means employers can trial out graduates before committing to full time employment.

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Meet one of the panel members for our live Internship blog 1st September

Created 25/08/2011 15:33 Last updated 14/01/2015 10:58

 

On Thursday 1st September we'll be holding a live debate on our blog about Internships.  It's an opportunity for both graduates and employers to come together to chat about the benefits of internships and how they can be a good thing for both employers and graduates!  In this increasingly tough market internships are a great way for grads to get experience.  It also means employers can trial out graduates before committing to full time employment.

 

If you'd like to be an expert on the panel please get in touch! The blog will be running 2pm-4pm.

 

Read on for the bio of our first panel member:

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Tweet to find your feet

Created 18/08/2011 16:07 Last updated 12/12/2013 14:42

Laura Smith takes over the blog for her second week...

 

The first week since deciding to freelance as a writer has been and gone, flown by actually!  Despite being new to the world of self-employment and not having established a client list yet, I seem to have been strangely busy.

 

When I began my first day I was determined to stick to the rules I’d set myself.  I didn’t want to become a ‘writer’ who actually just spends each day refreshing various social media sites but one that actually writes.

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Going solo....

Created 11/08/2011 16:43 Last updated 12/12/2013 14:42

Laura Smith takes over the blog for her second week...

 


 

Since writing ‘The strangest cover letter I’ve ever written’ around three weeks ago, I have made some rather large decisions.

 

The first was to leave the job I had at a coffee shop. What began as a perfectly manageable offer of 25 hours a week seemed like a perfect balance.  Not only did I have paid hours but free time to spend writing and concentrating on building my portfolio. However, those 25 hours rapidly began gaining speed with additional shifts.  I found myself with no time left over at the end of the week to do what the job was supposed to be funding.

 


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Why the grass isn't always greener...

Created 05/08/2011 15:09 Last updated 12/12/2013 14:42

Ash Guth takes over the Graduates Yorkshire blog...

 

 

So, how does one at the age of 28 (nearly 29) find himself back at university, struggling for money and living at home? Well progress comes with a price. I hear you asking - how can this be progress? Well I shall start at the beginning…

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