Friday, November 28, 2014

TARGETjobs Weekly Careers Round-up

Hello everyone! 

Can you believe that this is the last roundup post for November! This year has flown by. 

For this careers roundup I have a variety of things to share with you. Let me start with an update on the Midlands postgraduate fair that took place at the ICC, Birmingham on the 26 November. Firstly, thank you to all those that attended, it was great to see you all.

Here are some pictures from the day that I thought would be nice to share with you all.

Now, onto our latest career advice

If you're looking for a graduate job, check out our upcoming graduate job deadlines. Don't miss out, we have stacks of vacancies and application deadlines coming up next week.

Internships are a crucial stepping-stone to graduate schemes. Get application tips, find out about industrial placements and browse opportunities within our article 'Internships with big graduate recruiters'. 

Investment Banking
At the launch of TARGETjobs Events’ Women in Investment Banking fair, five senior female investment bankers (with more than 70 years’ experience of the industry between them) gave the 50 university students in attendance valuable advice about how they can break into and succeed in the industry.
So that budding bankers who weren’t at event don’t miss out on the pearls of wisdom, TARGETjobs Finance would like to share with you the tips from women at the top on how to succeed in investment banking.

Financial services and insurance 
A massive 178 graduate and internship vacancies across the financial services and insurance sector are currently being advertised on TARGETjobs. If you intend to apply for any, spend a few minutes reading our application form advice before you begin yours – to stand a better chance of making it through this stage of the recruitment process. 

Stay one step ahead of the deadlines and essential information you need to kick start your law career. Updated every Thursday, our weekly law update for graduates helps you with your commercial awareness and makes sure you’ve got some talking points when you come face to face with recruiters. This week it’s the role of the grand jury in Ferguson, the public interest defence for whistle-blowers and the Law Society’s apology over sharia wills.

This week the TARGETjobs Inside Buzz team are very excited to announce the 2015 law rankings! We reveal the top 25 law firms as voted for by graduates working in the legal profession. Check out the rankings here.

We also let you know how those same 1,396 trainee solicitors rated their own law firms in terms of culture, training, hours, office - and more categories besides. Be sure to study the rankings as part of your research before applying for training contracts or vacation schemes. 


Find out more about what you can do with your masters – from taking research to the next level to making the most of your advanced qualifications when applying for jobs. 

We are hiring!!

GTI Media are currently recruiting for a Junior Developer, if you think your skills and qualifications match our profile then why not apply today!

That's all from me this week. 
Good luck with your applications.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Seven top tips to perfect your engineering CV and covering letter

Some engineering employers, notably smaller companies, prefer CVs and covering letter. Here are some hints and tips to help you perfect your CV and covering letter to convince recruiters you’re right for the job. 

1.   Length of your CV: A CV should be no more than two pages of A4, and a covering letter just one page. By researching the skills sought by the employers you’re targeting and then matching your experience to theses you should be able to fit in all the information that is relevant to that particular graduate job. 

2.   Layout: the layout of your CV is important. Choose a layout that is clear and easy to read, avoid small fonts and large sections of text. Use a skills-focused or chronological format for your CV, depending on what sells you best, and remember to tailor your CV to each employer. 

3.  Personal statements: many students start their CV’s with a brief personal statement outlining their abilities and aspirations. If you choose to do this, be specific and keep it relevant to the engineering job in question.

4.  Educational history: your educational history from your university years should include your predicted or actual degree class, information on group projects and your dissertation, any modules relevant to the job, and relevant academic awards. Include you’re a level (or equivalent) subjects and grades. Give GCSE/standard grad results. 

5.   Engineering work experience: outline engineering work experience in your CV, judging how much detail to give by how closely it relates to the specific job you are applying to. Explain what skills you learned and how they can be transferred to the position in question. 

6.  Non-engineering work experience: many engineering employers look very favourably on achievements and experiences outside engineering. This can be a real boost if you haven’t been able to secure engineering work experience – and can give you an extra edge if you have. Examples worth mentioning include fundraising, voluntary work, organising independent overseas travel, sporting achievements or taking a leading role in a university society. Don’t go into detail: summarise your achievements and any transferable skills developed. 

7.   What’s the point of a covering letter? Most engineering graduates have a fairly wide range of career options open to them. Outside the engineering sector, graduate engineers are sought after for their numerical skills and problem-solving mentality; inside, there’s a wide range of industries and job types that engineers of most disciplines can choose from. Your covering letter, therefore, is a chance to convince the engineering employer in question that you want to work in their industry, for their specific organisation, and in the job role advertised. 

Articles you may be interested in: 
Engineering graduate jobs, placements and expert careers advice

Have you uploaded your CV to your TARGETjobs profile? Upload here.
By Roxanne Chand

Friday, November 21, 2014

TARGETjobs Weekly Careers Round-up

Hi everyone, 

Happy Friday! So, as always this is my weekly round-up post about all the new updates and opportunities available to you.

Let me start off with the upcoming postgraduate fairs!

As you may know from social posts recently, our postgraduate fair season kicked off with a bang in the North East. We are heading to the Midlands on the 26 November for our second fair! If postgraduate study is something you're keen to learn more about then visit our website here to find out more.

Now, onto careers advice

Graduate jobs and internship opportunities are piling up this week, check to see what's available and get your application in now.

Gaining work experience through internships is beneficial for your growth and career knowledge. It's a crucial stepping stone to getting on a graduate scheme and can really improve your CV. Check out our article 'Internships with big graduate recruiters' to gain some application tips

Investment and banking 
Advice on writing a covering letter and CV for internships and graduate jobs at Citi. The bank recruits on a rolling basis.

Financial services and insurance
The deadline for applications to Swiss Re’s graduate roles is January 4th 2014. The opportunities on offer, plus an advice article on what Swiss Re looks for in applicants and how they can demonstrate these competencies throughout the recruitment process.

Last year, over 3,700 of you took part in the trendence UK Graduate Law Barometer and you told us what you expect from the early stages of your law career and the application process. We gathered information from aspiring law students from over 120 universities across the UK and here's what we found. 'Graduate expectations vs reality for a career in law'.

That's all from me this week!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!