Tag: technology

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.

 

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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Employers and Social Media

You may have seen the recent Associated Press article about employers asking for job candidates’ Facebook usernames and passwords (if not, you can read it here). According to the article, employers are taking the process of vetting job applicants one step further than just checking out their online profiles and now may want to be able to look at candidates’ accounts from the inside.

Facebook responded to this article by posting a note explaining that the practice of sharing or soliciting profile passwords is a violation of Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, and that they do not think asking prospective employees to provide their passwords “is the right thing to do” (see the note here).

But isn’t the information on social networking sites fair game to employers? Not at all, according to many groups, including government officials and the ACLU, who have responded to the news of this practice with outrage. They say that using this information is a violation of applicants’ privacy and that asking for it during the application process may be coercive.

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Learn More About LUworks

Have you created your LUworks profile yet?

Created with you in mind, LUworks will help you find a job or internship by enabling you to:

  • Manage multiple resumes, cover letters, and other employment related documents
  • Search for and apply for employment opportunities online
  • View and RSVP for career events
  • Maintain an online Personal Calendar

For easy access to the website, click the picture to the left and then the “LUworks Student/Alum Login” logo.

Questions? Please contact Career Services at (920) 832-6561 or email careercenter@lawrence.edu.

Google Profiles: Control Your Online Presence

Admit it. You’ve probably “googled” your own name at one point or another out of sheer curiosity. If you haven’t, you probably will now. And, like it or not, so will your employers. A survey by the Society for Human Resource Management revealed that, out of over 300 HR professionals, fifty percent said they used a search engine like Google or Yahoo to screen potential employees. Additionally, one out of five survey respondents said they had had disqualified a candidate because of what they had uncovered.

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Career Site Review: Tech-centric.net

What they say about themselves:

Tech-centric.net serves technology professionals with targeted services in recruiting and career development through its two operating companies, Tech-centric.net, the online technology job board, and Self-Certify.com, a leading provider of certification, assessment and preparation products for technology professional certifications.”

This review is of the online technology job board. As their name suggests, Tech-centric.net lists job opportunities for tech pros. You can search for job opportunities without registering on the site. If you choose to register, you’ll also be able to upload a resume, set up job alerts, and save jobs. Additionally, you’ll have access to technology career-related news and articles.

Here are a few of the PROS and CONS I found as I searched the site as a non-registered user:

PROS

  • You can search for opportunities by amount of travel required – since many tech jobs require some amount of travel, I think this option can be quite useful to job seekers
  • From the Advance Search screen, you can browse by 34 job titles
  • Many job posting sites will have hundreds of postings in New York or California, but few postings in Wisconsin or surrounding states. So, one of my tests of job postings sites is to see how many job postings show up in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan. As of today, my search yielded:
    • 61 jobs posted in WI in the last month
    • 70 posted in MI in the last month
    • 118 posted in IL in the last month
    • 72 posted in MN in the last month
  • After conducting a search for jobs, you can set up an RSS feed to receive jobs matching your search directly to your RSS Reader
  • From the Advanced Search screen, you can search by the standard full time, part time, and internship options, but you can also search for jobs based on various contract lengths, such as “0-3 month contract,” “3-6 month contract,” etc. Again, given the nature sometimes contractual nature of tech jobs, this can be a very useful option for job seekers.

CONS

  • only 2 internships listed in the last month
  • You don’t have the option to search jobs based on whether the employer accepts international students. Many employers will list in their job descriptions that they require US citizenship, permanent residence or an EAD, but job seekers have to open the job description to see these requirements.
  • There is no option to search jobs by years of experience, or at least by “Entry Level” vs. “Experienced.” Of course, you can type “entry level” into the Keyword search box, but that assumes the employer has used those words somewhere in their job description.
  • Google ads can be found throughout the site. Honestly, I don’t mind them. I use Google all the time and use Gmail, too, so I’ve sort of become accustomed to filtering them out. However, for some, these may be annoying.

I did not register for the site, so I cannot speak to the usability of the extended features that accompany registration. However, for what I did see, I think the site is worth looking into!

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