Graduate Job Success
If you want to get your dream graduate job then this course is for you! It's essential you get your career off to the right start, and differentiating yourself from others is vital. In this course you'll learn everything you need to know from industry insiders. This course isn't just how to ace and interview, or how to write a CV, it's the entire package from choosing which graduate job to apply for, right through to negotiating your salary and accepting the offer.
Whether you've got experience of applying for jobs before or not we will give you all the tools you need. This graduate job training is packed with real life examples and practical tips, we are confident you'll be getting job offers left right and centre after this course. We've seen so many candidates miss out because of simple mistakes like giving the wrong first impression, or being too nervous, and we want to separate you from that crowd so you stand out a mile as the best candidate.
We are both highly experienced in the recruitment industry - as recruiters and entrepreneurs, as well as seasoned job-interview-winners. If you're thinking about looking for your dream graduate job then this course is a no-brainer.
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If you're ready to get the graduate job of your dreams then sign up for our course today!
For this chapter we'll get you ready to start applying for jobs. It's important you look at a range of sources and roles, so we'll cover how to decide what works. You might want to apply for both start ups and big brand names, as well as some speculative applications too. Spread your risk and end up with plenty of great options.
If you're looking for a graduate job there are lots of things you can do to increase your chances even while you are still studying. This lecture gives ideas for extra curricular things you can do, and how to be smart about your choices, as well as when is the earliest you can start applying for role. You should also be making sure your CV is up to date, start thinking about who you'd like to apply to, and getting your online presence prepped.
When it comes to choosing which companies to apply to you should consider whether you'd prefer a large or small business. There are advantages and disadvantages of both so you need to weigh these up. Would you prefer a structured programme with support and a wide range of friends, or a challenging innovative one where you can dip your toe into all kinds of tasks?
Figuring out the best time to apply for jobs can be a tricky balance. If you're too early you might find you get forgotten, and too late the job is already gone! In this lecture we talk you through the practicalities and some tips. If you have a particular company in mind then you definitely want to contact them directly to find out what their recruitment schedule is. For large companies the recruitment is often on going, but it really depends on your priorities.
It may feel like you have lots of free time while you're applying for jobs, but it's important not to treat it like a holiday. You should aim for full time hours, a strict schedule and being extremely organised. You'll be dealing with a lot of different companies, names and dates, so good diary keeping is vital. You should start acting like you're working full time now in order to get into the mindset and body clock.
When it comes to looking for jobs the internet has pretty much got you covered. Here are some examples of recruitment sites we think are great. Of course you should also check out speciality sites for your industry. We'd also recommend considering signing up with a couple of recruiters who you like the look of and specialise in your industry/roles. Good luck!
In this lecture we investigate whether recruitment agencies are a good idea to use or not. Christabel has worked as a professional recruiter so gives you her insight into how to get the best out of them. They can certainly be a huge help in your job searching process, especially if you are extremely busy and need someone to do some of the leg work for you. However, they can be quite pushy so it's important you know the best way to manage them.
Another option you should consider is speculative applications. These are when you send job applications to companies that are not actively advertising vacancies but which you are especially passionate about or well suited to. It can be a very successful method, but there are a few particular things you should do differently to when you apply for a normal, advertised, job.
In this next chapter we'll cover everything you need to know about getting your CV perfect. There are so many common mistakes to avoid, and some of them might surprise you! We'll also include some examples of good CVs that we've seen to help you get started. As well as your printed CV we'll also cover your online presence and how to prep that.
Your online presence is certainly not something to underestimate when you're thinking about job applications. It's very unusual these days for an employer or recruitment agency not to Google you, so it's vital you beat them to it and check it's professional. You should also make sure your LinkedIn is as up to date and detailed as your printed CV, as it's just as likely to get you a job.
Here are some handy hints for getting your CV totally up to scratch. It's worryingly common for people to have messy, illogical, out of date or confusing CVs so we want to make sure yours will stand out from the crowd. It should be proofread multiple times and be in a clean and simple layout. Make it easy for the reader to scan and be sure to include all your enticing talents and experiences, not just job titles.
A quick summary of our essential tips for a great CV. You need to get into the employers mindset and make sure you give them everything they want in an easy to read package.
In this next chapter we'll be covering everything you need to know about cover letters. Whether you've written one before or not, we'll take you through everything you need to know, and give you some real life examples to look at. The cover letter is a vital part of your application, and is often read even before your CV - so make sure you make it snappy, compelling and too good to miss.
Your cover letter can sometimes be even more important than your CV, so don't underestimate it and let it be a list minute rush. It's vital you customise it to each job and company that you apply for, and in this lecture we'll give you some handy pointers to make it stand out. Above all you want to portray passion - which means being eloquent, an easy read, not too long, and tailored to the company. You need to come across as a real person who would be great to work with.
Here are a collection of cover letters for you to copy. Of course every role and person is different so these may not all work for you, but great for giving you some inspiration to get started. Feel free to download this to use as a reference, or upload your cover letter to the message board for us to give advice on!
In this chapter we'll be covering everything you need to know about the real life face to face interview. This is the real crunch point, and your chance to shine with skill and personality. We'll cover every detail from what to wear, how to prepare, what to do on the day, and some tips to use in the interview itself.
The preparation is absolutely essential - and will make or break your job prospects. Even if you're interviewing for several jobs at the same time, you need to be sure every single one has detailed and well thought out research backing it up. If you get this part right your interview will be a breeze. In this lecture we give you tips on what to prepare, and how best to go about it.
Next we will be covering how to dress. This might seem simple or unimportant but it can absolutely make or break your interview success. Of course it hugely influences first impressions, but also can cause on going distractions throughout the interview, or cause a 'pet hate' to be triggered with the interviewer. At the very least it's the icing on the cake of a great CV and interview - be sure to follow our fail safe tips from this video.
The interview begins long before you sit down at that desk - you need to make sure you're planned your route well, have everything with you that you need, and arrive early enough to be calm but not so early you fluster the interviewer. In this lecture we'll give you a selection of practical tips to make sure you can walk in calm, collected and ready.
It can seem like an elusive secret as to what the interviewer wants from you, but the truth is they've given you a job description which details every single skill they need, and above that they simply want someone who would be great to work with - reliable, positive, hardworking and likeable. In the interview you need to give them a glimpse into all these things, and then you'll be their number one choice. Leave them with a smile on their face and they'll pick you over everyone else.
There are lots of things in an interview that are easy to get right, but almost always done wrong. In this lecture we give you a few tips on what you should be doing, and what you should avoid to give yourself the best possible chance. At this point you've done lots of preparation, so now you just need to wow the interview and avoid any pot holes.
Increasingly recruiters are asking bizarre and off the wall questions, designed to test your thought process and rationale rather than your knowledge. However, there are also the usual tricky questions like 'your biggest weakness' and in this document we give you a selection of them to prepare for. We'll also add some common questions that are extremely likely to come up so that you can be widely prepared. We'd recommend you write out full answers to all of these, and then also create a quick bullet pointed cheat sheet to glance over in the waiting room and refresh your memory.
At the end of the interview you may be given the chance to ask a question. We'd highly recommend you prepare for this as being caught off guard you'll be unlikely to think of anything impressive. You can even bring a written list if you want to appear extra diligent. Certainly you'll want to avoid asking about salary or holiday allowance as that'll make you look lazy or greedy - it's best to ask about company culture or your progression potential to seem ambitious and keen to fit in.
Once the interview is finished, your work still isn't over. This is your chance to really shine and differentiate yourself from the pack. We highly recommend you follow up with the interviewer, as well as your agency, and be sure to get feedback if you can.
This might seem like too easy to bother talking about, but actually accepting your job offer can be a stressful time. You might have several offers in the pipeline or be waiting to hear back from someone else before you confirm your offer. In this lecture we look at how to handle those sort of situations and what options you have to delay or reject.
In this next section we'll be looking at interview technique for when you're not meeting in person. Skype and phone interviews are becoming commonplace, and it's important you treat them differently to a face-to-face interview. Here we'll outline tips and tricks to ensure you ace them every time.
A phone or skype interview is increasingly becoming a standard part of the recruitment process. In this lecture we give you tips on how to make sure you're well prepared, use the time to your best advantage, and avoid common mistakes. A lot of people don't take phone interviews seriously but that is a drastic mistake, and you can show yourself as being head and shoulders above the competition by being eloquent and profressional throughuot.
In this next chapter we are going to be talking you through Assessment Centres. They can seem very intimidating but we'll tell you what to expect and how to shine without coming across as overpowering. There are lots of great ways you can prepare for them, most of all my being mentally ready and calm.
In this lecture we'll talk you through what to expect from an assessment centre. Of course they are all slightly different, but the main thing you should be aware of is being watched constantly - this may include while you're in the waiting room or on lunch so be alert and courteous at all times! You can also expect solo activities, group activities, and improvisations. Don't be concerned about getting the right answer as your attitude and thought process ar what they're really looking at. Be calm, confident and above all likeable.
In this lecture we give some real life examples from our insider knowledge about what tasks you can expect from an assessment centre. Perhaps you can check online for cheat sheets, and certainly there are some preparations you can do to give yourself a head start. The important thing about an assessment centre is putting nerves aside to be likeable and dynamic - you'll easily stand out from everyone trying to be too formal or are very nervous. Just be yourself and relax - they want someone they can work with for years to come!
It's a common assumption that to be good at assessment centres you have to be loud and pushy - a 'leader'. However, the main thing is to be yourself - of course you want to be noticed and it's important you participate and have creative ideas, but being relaxed and likeable is paramount. They are looking for people who are confident, well rounded, and great to work with.
Here are a collection of assessment centre example tasks for you to study. Feel free to download this to use as a reference, or post your experiences message board for us to give advice on and help others with! It's also worth googling the assessment centre you're attending as people often upload their experiences and advice online too.
There may be times when you get a chance to negotiate your salary with the future employer. This is not something to shy away from, as it could earn you an extra few thousand a year. Definitely work on your negotiating technique and use these handy tips to get yourself up to speed.
If you do decide you want to negotiate over your salary then timing and choice or words is essential. It's uncommon to negotiate for a graduate fixed program, but if you're applying for a speculative role or with a smaller company you may be expected to quote a salary, or work within a bracket guide.
Here are some top tips we uncovered for negotiating your salary perfectly. It can be a tricky decision as to whether you should negotiate at all, but if you do you can bag an extra few thousand a year from just a short (if slightly uncomfortable) situation.
Finally, a few tips and pointers for your first few weeks at work. Just because you've had an offer confirmed, it does not mean you're in the clear. You should be on your best behaviour for your entire probation period, and be sure to be punctual and reliable throughout. For your first day we'd also recommend you check in a few days before in case you need to bring anything or dress in a particular way. Cover all the bases!
Thank you so much for completing the course - we're thrilled you enjoy it! If you would find the time to leave a review we'd be hugely thankful, and please do feel free to comment on the message board with questions and tips of your own, or if you'd like us to look over your CV. We've also included a discount code for you to use on all our other courses. Good luck with your career, and thank you for the support!
Hello! My name is Louise Croft, a professional fashion blogger, entrepreneur, freelance PR, and life coach, from England. I have a first class business degree and have worked in a wide range of industries across the world. I'm currently a digital nomad travelling the world while I teach and create courses.
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