Author: Amelia Sancilio

Site Review: graduate-jobs.com

What the site says about itself:

“graduate-jobs.com is NOT a recruitment agency, we are a specialist graduate job board. According to High Fliers Research (2007) graduate-jobs.com is the biggest independent graduate job board in the UK. We allow small and large organisations in the UK to post graduate job advertisements and search CVs in a quick and cost effective way. All our services are available online once you have created (or are issued with) a username and password.

The concept is simple: to deliver graduates the best selection of graduate-jobs on the Internet, and to provide recruiters with the most cost effective, focused access to graduate jobseekers.”

The Pros

– You provide them with information about “Industry sectors you would like to work in” and “Career keywords” when you sign up, so they can create a list of opportunities that are relevant to your interests and experiences

– According the site, “over 3,665 recruiters” use this site

– You can search the site for jobs by location, employer, immediate start, sector, degree, industry

– You can upload a CV (resume) document so recruiters can “head hunt” you

– Provides a section of “graduate advice” guide to “assist you in formulating a plan for finding you your graduate job”

– This site is designed for people who want to work in the UK

The Cons

– This site is designed for people who want to work in the UK (and primarily for people who are also from the UK) – so it may not be for you.

– Clearly geared toward students in the UK, as all others select “Non-EU university” when making personal profile.

– Also, enter “Degree result” with the options of “Bachelors Pass,” “Bachelors 2:2,” “Bachelors 2:1,” “Bachelors 1st,” which probably doesn’t mean much to U.S. students

Final Thoughts:

If you’re specifically looking for an entry-level job in the UK, graduate-jobs.com seems like a great resource. If you’re not interested in relocating, this site it almost definitely not for you. However, you may want to check it out just to see what’s out there for people with similar interests and experience as you.

Have you used graduate-jobs.com? What did you think? Let us know!

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FTC Disclaimer: A review of the site was requested via email. We were not paid and did not receive any compensation to conduct this review.

 

Reasons to Spend More Time on LinkedIn and Less on Facebook

These days, chances are you’re spending more time stalking on Facebook than thinking about the future. But, if you want to prepare for life after Lawrence (and you should), it’s a good idea to start devoting some of your time to more fruitful pursuits. Below are some reasons why LinkedIn beats Facebook in helping you further your career. (Plus, click on the infographic to the left for some interesting stats.)

(Read full article and more tips here.)

1. LinkedIn is a professional website. LinkedIn was created to connect professionals in online networking; Facebook was not. Although both services have evolved to include elements of each other, they do still remain true to their original purpose, and LinkedIn excels at presenting a professional front.

2. Your college professors might actually use LinkedIn. Although some colleges take a lax approach to social media, many still frown on Facebook connections between students and professors. But on LinkedIn, connections are typically seen as a positive thing, opening you up to the resources that your professors can share with you, including positive recommendations.

3. LinkedIn users log in with a purpose. While on Facebook, you may be surfing to find out about the latest cat video or your friend’s wedding photos, but LinkedIn tends to lead to a more task-driven visit. Users log in to check out job and collaboration opportunities, people to hire, and relevant industry news.

4. You’re more likely to get a recommendation on LinkedIn. A recommendation on either LinkedIn or Facebook is a great way to put your best foot forward, but you’re simply more likely to land one on LinkedIn. Recent stats show that 36% of LinkedIn users make a recommendation, compared to 27% of Facebook users. LinkedIn also has a 57% interested recommendation response, compared with 42% on Facebook (see more stats and source here.)

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Career Paths for Generation “I”

A new career survey by Adecco Group provides a picture of the career trajectories and expectations of 22-26 year-old recent college graduates. The group dubs this population Generation “I” because people in this age group have a secure understanding of who they are and what they want – and won’t compromise to get it. Check out some these interesting findings from the survey…

Want more? Check out the article here.


How to Master Your Skype or Phone Interview

When living within the Lawrence Bubble, it can be difficult to get away from campus for interviews. If you can’t meet someone face-to-face, interviewing via Skype or phone may be your best option. Here are some tips to help you ace these interviews.

General Phone & Skype Tips

  • Be succinct. It’s hard to pick up on non-verbal cues in these situations. Don’t babble and stop yourself when you’ve answered the question completely.
  • Get rid of distractions. Make sure that you’re in a secure, quiet place where you won’t be interrupted. Lock your door or put a sign on the outside to let your roommates know you are not to bothered during that time.
  • Don’t sound sleepy. Wake up an hour before your interview. People can tell if you just woke up and it sounds unprofessional. Call a friend and talk for a few minutes to get your voice ready.

Skype Interviews

  • Avoid technical difficulties. Double – no, triple check your Internet connection before your interview begins. Make sure that your speakers and microphone work. Call a friend on Skype and do a sound and picture check.
  • Know proper web cam etiquette. Look at the camera and not the screen so that you are making eye contact. Sit up straight. Don’t sit too close to the camera. Use the camera to check out what you look like on screen before the call so you know how they’ll view you.

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How to Overcome Your Shyness in Networking Situations

It’s like a nightmare come to life. You’re in a large room full of well-dressed strangers happily chatting together and you know no one. You feel completely awkward and you’re not sure what to do. And you forgot your pants.

Just kidding about the pants thing.

But, really, almost everyone can remember a situation in which they felt that they should be making conversation and meeting people, but they were overcome by shyness. While totally understandable, that shyness can actually be a major obstacle to achieving your career goals. Throughout your college career and life after LU you’ll find yourself in many potential networking situations, and you’ll need to get over that fear of getting out of your comfort zone so you can talk to people.

Of course, this is easier said than done, so here are some tips to help you feel more comfortable breaking the ice.

1. Be fearless. This one may sound obvious but it works. Walk up to someone, stick out your hand, introduce yourself, ask them about what they do, then shut up.  People love to talk about themselves – so let them. Also, being quiet means you don’t have to steer the conversation and let them take the lead.

2. Be well-read. Knowing what’s going in the industry or discipline you’re interested in can provide you with topics to discuss when you first meet someone or to bring up when you experience a lull in a conversation. Also, (on top of the inherent value of knowing about your field) being well-informed is an impressive quality and can help you stand out.

3. Initiate something. If you want to learn more about someone or what they do, there’s only so much you can get from your first meeting, especially if it’s in a room full of people. Suggest meeting in person for coffee or lunch in a less busy setting, which will help your ideas flow more smoothly and make you both more comfortable.

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