Winning CVs and applications


Careers blog written by Tricia Raxworthy, Careers and Placements

We know that applying for jobs can be a time-consuming, and at times dispiriting business.  But a little extra time spent onjeune-femme-poste-de-travail your CV and application can be all it needs to get you an interview.

Log into the VLE and have a look at our CV guide – with tips on what to include and different types of CV.  Prospects also has a helpful guide on what to include in your CV.  (This resource includes a personal profile in your CV, but this is optional so only do this if it works for you.)

It is tempting to send off lots of applications, but it’s more effective to spend the time on a few high quality, well-tailored, applications than lots of generic ones.  Preparation is key – take time to research the organisation and the job, and to reflect on your experience and skills (including your degree and time at UoY), before you start an application, and check out this guide on what to include.

We’re always happy to give you feedback on your CV or application – book a CV review (term time) or an advice appointment (vacation), or if you’re away from York just email it to us via Careers Gateway and one of the careers consultants will have a look at it for you; often it’s just a case of a couple of tweaks to make more impact.

 

 

 

Which way next?


Image originally taken for York Conferences

Photo: University of York – Mark Woodward

Careers blog written by Tricia Raxworthy, Careers and Placements

Summer can be time to take a break, time to reflect on the past year, and also to consider: which way next?

If you’re starting to think about your future direction after your degree, we have some resources to get you started:

Prospects: What can I do with my degree?

This helpful website suggests jobs directly related to your degree, jobs where you degree would be useful, and reminds you of the specific and more general transferable skills you will have acquired through your studies – useful for any job application.

 
You can get ideas by looking at the career stories of graduates from your department in York Profiles and Mentors.  You need a York log in  and will be able to read case studies, ask questions and even request a period of individual mentoring if you feel that would help you.

Enjoy your summer!

The Careers and Placements Team

 

Careers help during vacation


Over the undergraduate summer vacation, Careers and Placements is open Monday to Thursday  10.00am – 4.00pm. We have a few closures so keep a check on the website for details.

We also have appointments running throughout the summer – you can check out what’s on offer on the website and book through Careers Gateway

We only run Careers Advice appointments in the summer – but you can do everything you need in them – get advice and guidance, find information, CV/application review. Postgraduate students can use these too, instead of their usual Postgraduate Advice appointments.

If you are not in York you can ask for a telephone appointment. Book your appointments via Careers Gateway, as usual, then email us (careers@york.ac.uk) to confirm you want to have your appointment over the phone. Don’t forget to let us know your preferred phone number, so we can call you at your appointment time.

Alternatively, you can submit a query through Careers Gateway. This will be allocated to a member of the team and we’ll get back to you within a few days.

Each Tuesday during July and August we have our drop in for international students who are interested in working in the UK – no appointment needed just come along with your questions between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Tuesdays.

Guest blog: Graduating with a 2:2 degree


 Guest blog provided by Ashley Hever, Enterprise rent-a-car (previously published on the company’s website).

What do I have in common with Prince Charles, JK Rowling, Jo Whiley and Bear Grylls? No, it’s not castles (didn’t know you lived in a castle? Ed.). What we have in common is that we all graduated from university with the same grade: a 2:2.

I was the first in my family to go to university and I had absolutely no idea how to improve my employability while studying so as to give myself a fighting chance to get a job at the end of my studies. I am trying to remember if I even went to a careers fair or visited the careers service while at university. It was also an issue that I had no idea what the ‘Milkround’ was, so when I started looking for jobs after graduation, rather than during my last year, I missed out on all those graduate roles that had been advertised and closed before I even started looking.

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Careers in Commercial Archaeology- what you need to know!


 Careers blog written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant, Careers

I recently attended a fantastic session on careers in commercial archaeology delivered by Malin Holst and these are my top take away tips:

What does a commercial archaeologist do?

You work for an archaeological firm, which secures contracts from a range of clients including property developers, construction firms, public sector, energy companies, transport organisations. Work includes planning and undertaking excavations, cataloguing finds and liaising with heritage organisations. Find out more:

What kind of skills or qualifications do you need to become a commercial archaeologist?

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Opportunities to connect with York graduates online and in person


Our Working in Research event on Thursday night is your chance to meet professionals working in a research role in a range of different sectors – and this includes a number of graduates from York. We hope you have a great evening!

Did you know we have another great way to connect with York graduates? Our York Profiles and Mentors platform allows you to read about the experiences of life after York for hundreds of our graduates – and connect with them remotely.  Some have a research background:

But we have profiles from a broad range of contributors and they cover most job sectors so you are sure to find someone of interest.

And as well as reading about their career stories since they left York, you can ask quick questions through the system. We have also  developed a simple, quick-to-use mentor request form so you can get in touch and connect with graduates who have volunteered to give something back to York through supporting proactive students like you.

Check out the York Profiles and Mentors platform now.

 

GUEST BLOG: 6 ways to develop commercial awareness at university


 Guest blog written by Liz Bland, Careers Consultant at Aston University and was originally published in MyPlus Students’ Club. Read the careers blog for more advice about applications and disability.

Are you commercially aware? Many employers include commercial awareness as a key requirement when advertising their graduate vacancies. In fact, the Association of Graduate Recruiters reported in the AGR 2016 Development Survey that nearly 80% of their members were seeking this employability skill. But what does it mean and how can you develop commercial awareness while you’re at university?

Commercial awareness defined

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines commercial awareness as, “knowledge of how businesses make money, what customers want, and what problems there are in particular areas of business”.

People who are commercially aware can look at situations from a business perspective and appreciate concepts such as profit, income generation and cost reduction. On a broader scale, they also have an awareness of the job they are applying for and the wider sector within which the company operates, key competitors and current market trends.

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