Graduated? Time for a career plan…

If you’ve recently graduated and you’re looking for work, don’t panic: read our six tips on how to get your career started.

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You have your degree: congratulations. But what next? Are you struggling to get the job you want? Or maybe you aren’t sure about which career path to take? Here are some pointers on how to make the leap into the world of work.

How recruiters spot potential – and how to show you have it

If you’re new to the job market, your qualifications and experience only tell a small part of the story about who you are and what you may be able to do. The key for recruiters, then, is to find the clues that tell them which candidates have the potential to be great. Here’s what they’re looking for…

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Don’t get hung-up on academic results

Academic results, professional qualifications, previous experience. These are all important to recruiters, but they won’t get you a job on their own. They’re a good indicator – of intellect, application and relevant knowledge

How to Write a Covering Letter

With an in-tray full of applications an employer will spend approximately 20 seconds casting an eye over each one. You have to be sure that in those 20 seconds your cover letter has sufficient impact to make the reader want to know more about you.

A covering letter builds upon the information you provided in your CV, it is a focussed sales pitch stating clearly in simple language just why this company should employ you. All of its contents should reaffirm to the reader that you are the right person for that job.

How to Write a CV That Works

There is no such thing as a standard example of a good CV. A CV is only “good” if it works…if it fulfils its purpose of marketing your skills and expertise. If you are receiving calls and emails because recruiters/employers have seen your CV, then you have a good CV that works for you.

A CV should provide a summary of your expertise and evidence of your achievements. The reader wants to understand what you have to offer a future employer and this should leap off the page. Too often recruiters are presented with exhaustive bullet-pointed lists of everything a

The (great) importance of the cover letter

Found a job you want? Spent hours sprucing up your CV? Good, but don’t send off your application just yet. Not before you write the perfect cover letter…

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Everyone knows how important a CV is. It’s the best way of marketing yourself (and your myriad of achievements and skills) to a prospective employer. But that’s only one part of the initial job application. There’s another equally important stage that is all too often overlooked and misunderstood: the cover letter.