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Friday, May 30, 2014

TARGETjobs career advice weekly roundup



Hello and welcome to this week’s graduate recruitment news roundup. Here we summarise what we have been covering on our site this week.  








As always I will start with next week's internship and graduate job deadlines:

Summer and graduate internships and placements to apply for now, with application deadlines coming up next week - apply here.

There are graduate job deadlines coming up fast in a range of career areas here on targetjobs.co.uk, from financial services and insurance to engineering, IT and sales. Click here to apply now!

As I mentioned last week we have a job opportunity available here at TARGETjobs, the deadline is on the 27 June 2014. 

Here is a reminder of the role in question

Job opportunity

Now, do you like what we do? Do you also have a passion for events? Then apply to be an Event Promotions Executive and join our team here at TARGETjobs!

As an Event Promotions Executive, you will
  • Develop your communication skills
  • Gain hiring and management experience
  • Be responsible for planning and executing your own event attendance
  • Demonstrate you can exceed targets
  • Learn from a hands-on marketing team
  • Get you own company car!
If this sounds interesting to you then why not apply now! We currently have four opportunities available so don't miss out on working for a fun, inspiring and prestigious company.

On to our latest career advice articles..

With so many graduates now on the market, employers will look for evidence of skills and work experience which will make you stand out from the crowd. Have a read of our article 'Top 10 skills that'll get you a job when you graduate'  we have also created a video which you may be interested in watching, the video highlights the skills you need and how to showcase those skills.

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Internships are a crucial stepping-stone to graduate schemes. Have a read of our article to get application tips, find out about industrial placements and browse through the opportunities we have a available.

Whether you fancy yourself the next Robert Fisk reporting on world - changing issues or you're more of a Tyler Shields poised to photograph the stars, everyone has to start somewhere. It's best to be thinking about it while you're at university, so kick-start your fledgling media career by taking a peek at some of TARGETjobs media, journalism and publishing guides to getting a foot in the door. Have a read of our articles on this topic below: 


Clifford Chance won the 2014 Graduate Employer of the Year Award at the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment awards in April. In our article 'Four tips for getting a training contract of vac scheme with Clifford Chance' we explain why the firm were recognised at the Awards and how keeping this information in mind can help you get a training contract with this global giant of a law firm.

Did you know that there are only three ways to get a placement or work experience with Laing O’Rourke? Get sponsored through university by the company, apply to the Institution of Civil Engineers’ QUEST scheme – or win the TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year competition. If you're interested in hearing more why not read our article 'How to WIN a summer placement with Laing O'Rourke'.

Are you interested in a career in forensic accounting? Well I have some great news for you, 20 new graduate positions will be available in September 2014 on EY’s new specialised trainee scheme – fraud investigations and disputes. It’s exciting news for those with an interest in forensic accounting. Read more on the topic here and find out how to apply.

That's all from me this week! 
Best of luck with any applications that you make this week.

Have a great weekend.
Roxanne

Friday, May 23, 2014

TARGETjobs career advice weekly roundup



We hope everybody is looking forward to the bank holiday weekend – here’s our weekly career roundup to make the weekend even better!








As always I will start with next week's internship and graduate job deadlines:

Summer and graduate internships and placements to apply for now, with application deadlines coming up next week - apply here.

There are graduate job deadlines coming up fast in a range of career areas here on targetjobs.co.uk, from financial services and insurance to engineering, IT and sales. Click here to apply now!

Job opportunity

Now, do you like what we do? Do you also have a passion for events? Then apply to be an Event Promotions Executive and join our team here at TARGETjobs!

As an Event Promotions Executive, you will
  • Develop your communication skills
  • Gain hiring and management experience
  • Be responsible for planning and executing your own event attendance
  • Demonstrate you can exceed targets
  • Learn from a hands-on marketing team
  • Get you own company car!

If this sounds interesting to you then why not apply now! We currently have four opportunities available so don't miss out on working for a fun, inspiring and prestigious company.

On to our latest career advice articles..

If you're thinking of applying to Arup then we can tell you all about their interview process. Over the years, many students have asked TARGETjobs questions about succeeding at the Arup UK graduate recruitment process – whether at careers events or via social media. So we spoke to Aman Rai, graduate recruitment adviser at Arup, to get answers to your most frequently asked questions about applying to the firm. Read here to find out what questions they’re likely to bring up.

Now the interview is the second and final stage of the Arup graduate recruitment process in the UK, read this article to find out what Arup interviewee's are looking for in a successful candidate and find out how this could be you!

Are you interested in working in construction and property development? If your answer is yes then have a read of our article for application tips on how to apply for a graduate role with BAM Construct UK Ltd.

If you have decided to apply for a graduate position with BAM then we can tell you all about the interview process. The graduate recruitment process at BAM Construct UK is pretty simple: if you are successful at the application stage, you will usually be asked to participate in a telephone ‘screening’ interview and attend up to two face-to-face interviews. 

Members of the graduate recruitment team usually conduct the telephone interview. They will also sit in on at least one of your face-to-face interviews, which are usually led by senior managers in the region or sector you’d be working in. Read more on this topic here.

This article is for all the law students - Once you’ve submitted your targeted and proofread training contract applications before the July deadlines (having read all our handy applications advice on targetjobslaw.co.uk, of course), you’ll hopefully  be invited along to a law firm’s assessment centre. Find out in our article 'Be your best self in a law assessment centre group exercise' what we learned by being a fly on the wall at a Reed Smith group exercise – our advice applies to all law assessment centres. 

Did you know that GlaxoSmithKline was the most popular science recruiter at the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2014? Maintaining their remarkable track record. The pharmaceutical company has won this award for as long as it has been up for grabs. So what is the secret of GlaxoSmithKline’s enduring popularity? If working in Pharmaceuticals is your desired career then have a read of our article 'The key to GlaxoSmithKline's popularity? Students who want to help'.  Find out why GSK is such a popular company amongst science undergrads. 

That's all from me this week! 
Best of luck with any applications that you make this week.

Have a great weekend.
Roxanne


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Attending City law for ethnic minorities? Wan did and now has secured a training contract with none other than Baker & McKenzie for 2016!

Last month we received this great email from Wan Fan….

In 2012, I attended City Law for ethnic minorities and had the opportunity to meet representatives from Baker & McKenzie for the first time. A year later I interned for the law firm during the summer and now I have accepted a training contract with them to begin 2016. There is no doubt that the event was informative and helped me, in some form or another, achieve a training contract with Baker & McKenzie. I would like to express my thanks to all those involved in the project!



We got back in touch with Wan and wanted to know what made him apply for the event in the first place and asked him to give you advice if you are attending the event this year!

Why did you apply to attend City law for ethnic minorities?
Although I was already interested in law at that point, I had no experience in commercial law and so wanted to learn more about the sector.

What was the best part of the event?
My favourite aspect of the event was that we all had the chance to visit the firm’s offices and speak to trainee solicitors, qualified solicitors and representatives from graduate recruitment. There is no better way to learn about a firm (and its people and culture) than actually visiting it in person.

What was the best piece of advice you gained from attending the event?
Get to understand what city lawyers do and their role in the wider economy. It's not enough to know what lawyers do on a daily basis in isolation. You need to have an understanding of how they interact with other city players (e.g. other companies, government institutions, and other law firms) and, perhaps more importantly, you need to understand that law firms are businesses in themselves.

What has been the best thing that has happened to you since the event?
After the event I interned during the summer, first at the Ministry of Justice and next with Baker & McKenzie. After the vacation scheme, I was offered a training contract by Baker & McKenzie.

Tell us about your training contract with Baker & McKenzie
I will go to law school this September to start my GDL and then an accelerated six-month LPC. During my vacation scheme I was able to work within two different departments at the firm and I am very excited to join them in 2016!

Finally, what would you say to others considering attending City law for ethnic minorities?
The event is an excellent and perhaps one-off opportunity, to visit law firms and speak to lawyers. Anyone considering commercial law as a career or looking to learn more about the sector should apply. There will never be another chance to visit so many law firms in so few days!



Thanks for the tips Wan and all the best for the future!


Want to read more about the event and the companies attending? Head over to targetjobsevents.co.uk/city-law-for-ethnic-minorities to find out more!

Friday, May 16, 2014

TARGETjobs career advice weekly roundup

Hello everyone it's that time again for your weekly fix for everything that is going on in the world of graduate recruitment!

To start I would like to share with you all this week's graduate job and internship deadlines.

Check out next week's application deadlines for graduate jobs and schemes in IT, finance and more - here

Don't miss out on next week's internship deadlines, click here to apply.



Career advice

Do you aspire to work within IT & technology? Have a read of our article 'Good answers to CGI's graduate scheme online application questions' for hints and tips of how to progress in you chosen career and answer those significant questions in your application.

CGI assessment centres for graduate jobs last half a day and consist of a one-hour interview and a group exercise. There is also a writing task to submit before the day. Have a read of our insider advice on how to succeed at CGI assessment centres and interviews.

The Pupillage Gateway is closed, but there’s not much time to have a break. If you’re a law student or BPTC-starter who has applied for pupillage this year, get yourself in shape in case an interview turns up with top tips from professional barristers.

Work experience is the holy grail you need before you’ll be considered for a journalism job. Find out what does and doesn’t count as work experience in journalism as well as which employers to look at and what you need to do to get it.  Click here to find out more.


An invitation to an interview means you're well on your way to securing yourself a graduate job. But selling your skills face to face or on the phone is very different from selling your skills on paper. Here in our article 'Eight steps to graduate interview success' are the main steps to help you think on your feet and prepare for all eventualities.

Mostly everyone gets nervous before a job interview so we have collected some expert tips in case you need a last-minute confidence boost before your graduate job interview. Have a read of our article 'Last - minute interview confidence boost: if you don't feel it, fake it!'


That's all for this week!
Good luck in your applications and have a great weekend.

Roxanne






Friday, May 9, 2014

TARGETjobs career advice weekly roundup




Hello, it’s that time of the week again for me to tell you what we've been reporting in this past week on all things to do with graduate recruitment.

I wanted to start the news round with this week’s deadlines for internships and graduate jobs.




Here are this week’s internship deadlines - Don't miss out! Industrial placements and graduate and summer internships with deadlines coming up fast.

Here are this week's upcoming graduate job deadlines - Apply now! Great graduate jobs and training schemes with closing dates coming up soon.

Career advice

Do big graduate employers have a responsibility to help students develop their skills and careers awareness so they can succeed at work? Have a read of our article What should employersdo to help you get hired? A recruiter speaks’ to find out what Jez Langhorn senior VP and chief people office has to say on the subject.

Are you interested in a career as a property surveyor? Read our article What salary can a graduate property surveyor expect? to find out about graduate salaries and benefits, typical bonuses, how professional qualifications can increase pay and how much professional property surveyors earn.

Are you interested in working for Mott MacDonald’s? Read our article ‘Six tips on applying for MottMacDonald's graduate jobs and summer placements’ to find out more. 

Some subjects like law, teaching and engineering have a clear and well-publicised postgraduate path to professional qualification. In other areas, the benefits of postgrad study might not be so obvious to those employers unfamiliar with the higher level of skill, discipline and specialist knowledge needed. Have a read of our article ‘Marketing your masters, skills and knowledge when applying for jobs after university’ for a better understanding of how to use your master’s degree to your advantage when job hunting.

That’s all for this week!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and good luck in your job applications.
Roxanne 

Friday, May 2, 2014

TARGETjobs career advice weekly roundup

Good afternoon everybody, and welcome to the latest career advice roundup! 





We've got all the newest advice articles from our TARGETjobs editorial team here for you to browse, but if nothing grabs your attention then do take a look through our website. 


We've got a whole load more where these came from. http://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice 







General news

Before we move on to the advice, we’d like to thank everybody who participated in the trendence survey this year, we collected over 27,000 responses and your answers have been used to put together this year’s Guardian UK 300! 





Click here for The Guardian UK 300 barometer 2014 findings.

If you want to read The Guardian UK 300 then please look out for the physical publication coming out in September 2014!








In other news, we would like to thank everyone who came along to How to get hired Live 2014. We are proud to say that it was a success!  Here is the video below.

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Also last but certainly not least Meet the undergraduates of the year 2014 – Congratulations to all who won and thank you to all those that participated! We wish you the best of luck in the future.

Career advice

Moving on to career advice, calling all aspiring solicitors, most commercial law firms expect training contract applications in by 31 July.  We list the firms that use this deadline to make sure you don’t miss the boat. Click here.

Career tactics for women: from internship to job to promotion - whether you're trying to turn your internship into a graduate job offer or climb the career ladder in a permanent job, have a read of our article to find out how to increase your chances of success.

Are you struggling to write a winning CV? Why not download our CV and Covering letter examples here to give you a better chance of being successful in your job hunt.

Are you interested in working in investment banking? Have a read of our article 'How to network your way into an investment banking job'. The infamous 'British reserve' means that networking is one of the most underused skills when it comes to graduate job hunting. Put those social skills to the test and network your way to a job!

Good luck in your job applications!
Have a great weekend.

Roxanne