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Saturday, February 8, 2014

TARGETjobs career advice roundup

Hello everybody, how’s your February going? With the second term in full swing and finalists everywhere turning their attention to life after graduation (before that final exam revision hits...), there’s no better time to take a good look through the TARGETjobs career advice roundup.

Before that though, how would you feel if I asked you to get me a cup of tea? We’re running a poll on the home page of TARGETjobs, and we’d like to know how you would feel if asked to make the tea when on work experience.


In other news, the graduate jobs market appears to be on the rise. A recent employer survey predicts that graduate jobs opportunities will increase by 10% compared to last year.

As if that wasn’t enough good news for one week, we’ve also just announced our latest and greatest career event: How to get hired Live! It’s the UK’s largest gathering of recruiters and students, and it’s taking place in April. Sign up and you’ll find yourself sitting on a table with recruiters from your sector for an entire day, with interactive seminars, lunch, and drinks in the bar afterwards. 100 recruiters, 600 students, and Wembley Stadium. It’s going to be huge.

Now, on to this week’s new advice articles.

Are you applying to Dixon Wilson? Unlike other firms, their applicants do not apply to a specific area of accountancy – such as audit or tax – because graduates work across several disciplines. Make sure you’re clued up on their unique quirks when you apply.

Corporate Value Associates (CVA) are looking for four particular skills in their applicants: a data-driven outlook, problem solving skills, communication skills, and interpersonal skills. Here’s how to demonstrate all of those qualities during the CVA case study.

If you’re looking for a career in retail banking, actuarial or insurance, then you’ll want to know all about your personal finances: how much does the financial sector pay a recent graduate?

If you’ve already got some investment banking locked down, then you’ve got a head start. Here’s how to make the most of your investment banking internship.

What's new in construction? Last week we mentioned that the industry has seen an upturn in the last few months, and recruiters are searching for new hires. They’re particularly struggling to fill quantity surveying vacancies, which means that this is the perfect opportunity for you to apply.

Moving onto the property world, who can you apply to, I hear you ask? How about Cushman & Wakefield? They have graduate programmes, business placements and summer internships on offer. Here’s how to impress them at interview and assessment day.

Alternatively, why not take a look at Gerald Eve? They are particularly secretive about their case studies and group exercises, so you’d best go in there with all the information you can gather. Here’s our advice on how to get hired by Gerald Eve.

And to finish off the career advice articles, here’s how to prepare for a graduate interview with BT.

This week we have three different sets of deadlines for you to browse. First up, here’s a rundown of the property deadlines for the top real estate firms. You’ll find summer internships, year placements and insight programmes here.

Following that, we have the usual work experience andinternship deadlines alongside the ever-useful graduate job deadlines.

Until next weekend, have a good one.