Category: Seniors

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.

 

Job and Internship Application Tips

Life after Lawrence can be scary, whether we’re talking about after graduation or just following Spring Term. Below is some advice to help you secure a position that you’re happy with once you leave campus.

Set goals. No, I don’t just mean the obvious goal of getting job. When you’re searching for a position it’s important to have quantifiable, defined goals so you can stay on the right track. This may mean that you want to check a certain number job-posting websites per day or send out so many resumes to employers per week. Taking these steps and keeping track of what you’ve done can also help keep you from feeling discouraged.

Pay attention to quality over quantity. While it’s important to get your resume out to a fair number of prospective employers, remember that it is also vital to send documents that you’re proud of – as these are the first introduction to you that employers will get. This means that should tweak your resume and cover letter a little bit so that they are relevant to each position for which you apply.

Follow up with employers you’ve contacted. Once you’ve updated your documents and sent them out, be sure to follow up on them a week or two later if you haven’t heard much in response. Doing so can show employers that you really are interested in the position you applied for and can keep you on their radar if your resume was accidently pushed to the bottom of the stack.

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Avoid the Spring Slump

It is a lovely day. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the green grass on the quad is calling to you – and you are stuck inside. While it’s nice that campus is finally thawing out, the warmer weather can make it especially difficult to find the desire to stay on top of your school work. Compounded with the added excitement about your summer plans or even life after Lawrence, Spring Term can be especially difficult time during which to maintain your motivation.

But do not fret! Here are some ways to keep your productivity in high-gear through mid-June (and beyond).

1. Break the seal of hesitation. Sometimes the hardest step in a project is getting started. Often, rather than actually writing a draft of that term paper or working on that big piece, it is easier to keep planning – which can cause you to get caught up in the “pre-work” process. Rather than getting bogged down in the preparations, remember that the earlier you start your new project the sooner you can start getting feedback and revising your work. Doing so can help you end up with the strongest finished produt possible.

2. Continue working (at least a little) everyday. One of the great things about being an upperclassman (or even a Spring-Term freshman) is that you have more control over your schedule, meaning you may have figured out a way to have big blocks of time without classes. While this new schedule may be liberating, it may also enable you to feel a little too comfortable not working on certain days. Get used to getting stuff done and you will not get in the habit of doing nothing during all of your time between classes.

3. Develop a routine. Part of being able to work on your project each day is making sure you have time set aside to do so. While routines may seem monotonous, they can allow you to get in a rhythm that can foster increased productivity. Also, if you get in the habit of maintaining a work schedule, it will not feel so jarring when project deadlines have crept up and you have to buckle down.

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Requesting Letters of Recommendation

Article slightly modified from here.

1. Ask someone who knows you well and who will be able to discuss in specific detail what distinguishes you and why you are a strong candidate.

Be sure to ask: “Do you feel you know me and my abilities well enough to write a strong letter of recommendation for this application?” You’ve now given the professor the opportunity to decline gracefully. If the answer is “no,” don’t push. This inquiry may be done via email-if you already have an established relationship with the potential recommender.

2. Request letters well in advance of the application deadline. Two to four weeks is often adequate, but it is often helpful to consult with the recommender to see how much time they prefer. Doing so is especially important for letters for major fellowships and for letters that need to be written over the summer.

3. Schedule an appointment with your recommenders to discuss the position/scholarship/school, its selection criteria, your most recent and commendable activities, and to suggest what each letter-writer might emphasize. (You may want to let your recommenders know who your other recommenders are, so that they can write letters that complement rather than repeat one another.)

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The Revised GRE

Did you know the GRE General Test has changed? The new version was offered for the first time in August, 2011. Registration for the new test opened up on March 15, 2011.

But what do these changes mean for you?

The Revised GRE will consist of:

  • One Analytical Writing section: 1 hour
  • Two Verbal Reasoning sections: 1 hour
  • Two Quantitative Reasoning sections: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • One Unscored section OR Research section: ~35 minutes

Total length: Approximately 3 hours, 45 minutes

These new time limits make the revised test longer than the old version of the GRE.

Changes to the format of the new test:

  • Able to skip back and forth between questions (both the new and old tests are given on computers)
  • Sections are adaptive, not questions (meaning the difficulty of the sections change based on how well you’ve done on previous parts)
  • Calculators are allowed
  • Scoring system for the verbal and quantitative sections has changed:
    • Old test: range of 200-800 in increments of 10 points
    • New test: 130-170 point range with 1-point increments

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Career Fair Tips

Career fairs are a great way to search for jobs and make connections with employers and companies, but walking into a convention room filled with dozens of company representatives can be intimidating and a little baffling. To make the most of your time at a job fair, it is important to know what to do before you arrive and how you should interact with the company representatives during the fair.

Listed below are some tips to help make your time at job fairs as productive as possible.

Before the Fair:

  1. Do your homework! Being able to ask informed questions shows the representatives that you are genuinely interested in their company.
  2. Prepare a 30-60 second marketing pitch that highlights your educational history, relevant experiences and some skills specific to the industry you are looking into. Make the most of your face-to-face time with representatives because it will be limited.
  3. Prepare to bring 20-25 crisp resumes.

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