Job hunting for graduates


 Careers blog written by Kelly McDonald, Careers and Placements

This week we’re thinking about job hunting – there are lots of job sites out there, but here are a few resources to help you get started.

Our website has a section to help you look for your first graduate job, and more on what the recruitment process is likely to include.

If you’re keen to stay in York(shire), Yorkshire Graduates advertises vacancies in the region. Other regional sites include Inspiring Interns (for Manchester and the north of England, as well as London), Graduate Advantage (Midlands), Unlocking Potential (Cornwall); if you’re using national sites, eg Graduate Talent Pool, you can often filter by location.

Our Job hunting toolkit breaks the task down into manageable steps and gives you tips on how to understand what employers are looking for in the job ads you find.

You might feel you’re not ready to start job-hunting yet, and need more time to be sure of your direction. We’ll be exploring possible directions in future blogs, so look out for those.

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GUEST BLOG: Graduate options


 Guest blog written by Careers Student Brand Ambassadors, Charlotte Noddings and Serife Gunal

Are you panicking about what comes after graduation? Do you already have an idea of what you want to do but don’t know where to start? Here we outline some of the most common paths you can pursue and signpost you to some of the best resources for planning your life after university. The options laid out here are not exhaustive but they do give you a good idea of some of the opportunities available. The key thing to remember is that using the Careers department is a great way to start!

What are your options?

Graduate Schemes

Graduate schemes are a fantastic introduction to the world of work, with many employers offering employment for one to three, or more, years as well as, the opportunity to attain qualifications. Grad schemes are available in a range of sectors including investment and finance, engineering, accountancy and even media. Single employers often recruit to more than one type of job role, for instance, investment banks offer opportunities in operations, sales and trading, investment banks, technology and more! Some employers close their applications in the autumn of your final year but there are many schemes that are open longer and may also re-open later in the year. The long recruitment process, including an online application form, psychometric tests, assessment centres and interviews, can be made easier if you know where to look! If you decide that a graduate job is one of the avenues you would like to pursue after graduation, make sure you go to Careers for any help with finding graduate schemes, any part of the application process, or any other queries you may have.

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Careers Blog: What Employers Want


UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Development Manager, Careers

What employers want in an applicant

Obviously, employers want to recruit the best candidates possible, but what is ‘the best’?

‘The best’

Some people might assume ‘the best’ means the candidate with the highest qualifications and a stack of relevant work experience, achievements and extra-curricular activities under their belt. However, that’s not necessarily the case.

Employers also want to see other qualities, which the ‘best’ candidates may not have. Does the applicant show potential? Will they fit in with the company’s culture and ethos? Do they demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment? Do they have other skills and experience, unrelated to the role, which might be useful too? Can the employer see something of your personality in your application, so you stand out from the other applicants?

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CAREERS BLOG: Top 5 tips for handling rejection


UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark greenCareers blog written by Nicola Haydon, Graduate Intern: Marketing and Information Support, Careers

Being rejected after a job interview (or anywhere in the job application process for that matter) is completely normal. Everyone has some sort of rejection story, and whilst it can hurt and knock your confidence, it’s important to bounce back and stay resilient so that it doesn’t affect your future applications. Here are five top tips for handling rejection:

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GUEST BLOG: First impressions count


UoY Careers Balloon illy Guest blog written by RateMyPlacement

Looking for jobs can be a tiresome process; sifting through different roles and companies can take up a lot of time especially when you’re not certain what you’re looking for. It’ important to make sure that when you do eventually find that dream job you avoid making clumsy mistakes which are going to prevent you from getting through to the next round of the interview process.

We have got some top tips to share with you that are going to help you approach the application process with eagle eyes and complete confidence.

First impressions count

More often than not your CV is the first communication you will have with a potential employer – so make it shine!

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GUEST BLOG: How to make speculative applications


UoY Careers Balloon illy Guest blog written by Claire Kilroy, Inspiring Interns

For those approaching the end of their degree or seeking summer work, haunting job boards and companies’ careers pages can become a full-time occupation. But applying for an advertised position isn’t the only route to finding employment; you also have the option of sending off speculative applications. These involve approaching an organisation to find out if they can offer you work, rather than responding to a specific vacancy.

Why send off speculative applications? 

Approaching an employer under your own initiative can benefit you for a number of reasons. It might be your way into an industry where roles are rarely advertised, such as journalism or publishing. And in a cutthroat jobs market – which in 2014 saw an average of 39 applications for every graduate job – it can help you cut out the competition.

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GUEST BLOG: Choosing the right size company for you


UoY Careers Balloon illywritten by Samantha Condliffe, Digital Marketing Exec at Infinities

As a new graduate it is often a scramble to apply for as many jobs as possible due to the large number of fresh new faces entering the world of work at once. Whilst it may be important to secure your first job quickly, it is equally important to ensure you find the right company for you rather than settling for the first opportunity which arises. There are a number of things you should consider including location, pay etc but one of the main things you should consider is the size of the company you want to work for.

Many people have the misconception that to be successful you have to work in a large, well known company.  However, in reality you can become just as successful in a small or medium sized organisation.

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