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The 5 New Rules of Job Search

Recruiting practices have changed with the growth of social media and also with the tough job market we have been experiencing. This article provides some ideas on how you can  ensure you are up-to-date with recruitment trends to help you to stand out from the crowd. (Don’t assume this article is not for you due to your age!)

How to Kick Start your Career: Job Hunting Tips for Students by Lauren Knowles

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Are you keen to land a job before or soon after graduation?

Read our top tips on how to lay strong foundations for your career while finishing your final year.

How to lay strong foundations for your career right now

Job hunting for a full-time role after university can seem quite daunting to final year students. But there is no reason to worry. By remaining proactive and dedicated throughout the search, making full use of the methods available to you, standing out from the crowd and getting your foot on the career ladder is completely within your capabilities.

This handy guide outlines the steps we recommend that you take in order to give yourself the best opportunity of ensuring a smooth transition from university to employment.

Do your homework

Before you do anything else, take the time to think about your future and what you want from your career.

Carry out research into the industries, organisations and roles you would like to work in, to determine whether the skills and knowledge gained from your education coincide with your future aspirations. Be practical in your choices and realistic about your future, but don’t worry if your career goals and degree don’t perfectly match. Many employers offer training as part of graduate level positions, as they expect you to grow and develop in these roles.

Also look into the different graduate positions available, their average starting salaries and whether you need any additional skills to break into particular industries. This can help you to gain a full understanding of what to expect from your job search, while also giving you the opportunity to pinpoint areas you need improve on.

Boost your contacts

Building up a strong bank of professional contacts and getting your foot in the door at businesses can also be highly advantageous

Attend events or talks organised through the university, and look out for any workshops or conferences put on by organisations you would like to work for. When networking with attendees, try to discuss your current situation and career goals as you may find out about opportunities you wouldn’t have otherwise known about.

Ongoing interaction through social media, email or face-to-face meetings with anyone you meet is then recommended, as this can help you to develop trusted relationships and also find out about opportunities that become available in the future

Work experience and internships

Building relationships with a bank of contacts can provide you with a chance to enquire  about work experience or internships.

These roles can be a great addition to your CV, as they allow you to gain first-hand experience and further your industry knowledge. You also have a chance to demonstrate your commitment, work ethic and passion to the organisation you are interning at, which can give you up an upper hand should they go onto advertise any graduate roles.

Securing a place on a relevant graduate scheme can also strengthen your CV. While these programmes are competitive, they offer training and development opportunities, a good level of support and a chance to gain qualifications, so it is well worth making every effort to get on a scheme. Completing work experience beforehand can help to set you apart from the thousands of other candidates who apply for these training schemes every year.

Getting the right support as you job hunt

When job hunting, make full use of the support that is available to you. The university careers service can offer valuable information on vacancies, work experience and internships, while providing one-to-one sessions for specific advice and support

Getting in contact with a recruitment firm specialising in your chosen industry can also prove beneficial. With a strong network of contacts, an understanding of graduate vacancies and insider knowledge of employer expectations, they can inform you of upcoming job openings, offer CV support and use their understanding of clients to help you present your skills, experience and knowledge well to prospective employers

While the graduate jobs market is known for being competitive, by being proactive and using these methods to improve your opportunities, you can really start to stand out from all other competition and put yourself in a strong position for landing your first full-time role after university

Author Bio: Lauren Knowles is a digital content writer with Portfolio Credit control, a recruitment firm specialising in selecting quality candidates for credit control vacancies at reputable firms throughout the UK.

Cameron House Recruitment Open Event

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Cameron House Recruitment Open Event

 Wednesday 11th June 2014 4pm – 7pm

Lomond Suite, Cameron House Loch Lomond G83 8QZ


What you’ll be doing:

This recruitment evening gives you the opportunity to come into  the hotel to have a look around and to meet the management team, as well as apply face to face for one of the below vacancies:

  • Food & Beverage Supervisor
  • Food and Beverage Assistant
  • Barperson
  • Room Attendant
  • Spa Night Cleaner
  • Spa Therapist
  • Childcare Assistant
  • Kitchen Porter

To meet the application requirements at the event, please bring along with you:

  • Up to date CV including details of two references
  • Passport or Birth certificate
  • National Insurance Number

What you’ll need:

You will know and understand what it means to deliver amazing hospitality and will thrive on the challenge of always exceeding guest’s expectations. You will be expected to achieve a high level of service through the constant monitoring of our established brand standards. You should be highly attentive to detail and be capable of working in a busy environment. In our industry teamwork is key so you should be a strong team player willing to lend a hand wherever needed.  In return we will offer you second to none career opportunities.


What you’ll get:

For a full list of our incentives, benefits, rewards and recognition please visit our employee website V.happypeople by clicking on



Vote for the UK Guardian 300 – cash prizes up for grabs!

The Graduate Barometer 2013 is a large-scale, independent piece of research into students’ views on graduate careers and recruitment. Almost 26,000 students from across the UK took part in our 2012 edition. Your views provide valuable insight and also help decide who makes the Guardian UK 300 top graduate employers. Join in and enter our prize draw with five prizes of £500 and ten of £200 up for grabs!

The survey takes just 20 minutes to complete. To take part, please go to:

Thank you for your participation and best of luck in the prize draw!


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GradJobs Magazine – Summer 2012

Tackling issues currently faced by graduates and packed full of case studies, industry articles and employer profiles, the GradJobs magazine is a vital read for any job-hunting graduate.

In this summer 2012 edition, the magazine covers all aspects of life after graduation, from how to relocate successfully, to using social networking to make contacts and get ahead in your career.

The magazine also acts as the show guide for the National Graduate Recruitment Exhibition in Birmingham on 8th & 9th June, and contains all the information students will need to prepare effectively for the show such as employer profiles and presentation timetables.

Click here to view the online magazine.

Skills4nurses Jobs Fair 2011

Taking place on the 22nd September at the Mitchell Library, the Skills4nurses Jobs Fair 2011 is an absolute must for nursing professionals, of all grades.This Nursing Recruitment Expo could not come at a better time and hopefully will bring relief to the thousands of Nurses (General and Mental Health) and Midwives whom are currently experiencing huge problems in finding employment.

A NEW JOB – look no further as our exhibitors have 1000s of jobs both in the UK and overseas available for you to discuss at the event. From first-time jobs for students to managerial positions, the event covers all areas of the nursing profession.

Whether; you want move to the next grade and get a well-deserved pay increase?or a move overseas? speak to our international exhibitors for on advice on why, where, when and how you make your exciting move.

Example; one Canadian Recruiter is looking to fill 2500 positions within a brand new facility currently nearing completion.

NHS Trusts from both down south and the Channel Islands recruiting all pay bands. We have a hospital from Guernsey especially wishing to speak to mental health nursing staff.

Newly Qualified Students there are recruiters looking to speak to you, don’t be afraid come along! tell a fellow student! we have recruitment staff waiting to speak to you!

Talk to leading employers and agencies face-to-face and discuss a wide range of current employment opportunities in the UK and abroad. All healthcare professionals should bring with them a current CV, proof of registration and I.D. passport etc. 

Interviews sessions will be held throughout the day. To register please email

Retail graduate schemes offer good pay and bright career prospects

This article is from TargetJobs News.

Sainsbury’s opened recruitment for its graduate programme for 2012 this week, unveiling a revamped graduate scheme with a generous £32,000 starting salary. This is significantly higher than the £24,000 average starting salary for the sector identified by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) in its most recent survey of its members, published in June this year.

Graduates who are recruited onto Sainbury’s 2020 leaders programme will start with a four-month placement in a store over the Christmas period and will be given early responsibility as well as exposure to the business as a whole.

The growth in retail graduate recruitment

The AGR survey indicated significant growth in graduate recruitment in the retail sector over the 2010–2011 recruitment season, with employers estimating a staggering 76.6% increase in vacancies. The retail sector was the second largest career sector for graduate recruitment in terms of number of vacancies, second only to accountancy and professional services.

In July, Tesco announced that it was planning to increase its graduate recruitment by 30% this year, taking on a total of 440 graduates across 17 different schemes.

Judith Nelson, UK personnel director at Tesco, commented, ‘It’s a challenging time for graduates, but as other firms cut back on hiring, we remain committed to offering opportunities to talented young people.’ She added that Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke was originally taken on as a graduate trainee.

Waitrose announced expansion plans at the beginning of the year and said in January that it would open 39 new shops in 2011, creating 3,000 jobs, while Asda announced back in November 2010 that it would create 7,500 new jobs in 2011.

Candidates interested in this sector should be wary of making blanket applications and should aim to apply for fewer roles in a more focused way. According to the AGR survey, retail recruiters tend to receive a high volume of blanket applications, but in recent years they have also received an increasing number of stronger applications from more discerning candidates.

Find out more about graduate retail careers

The rules of social recruiting

With more employers using LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to hire staff, Graham Snowdon at The Guardian explains the tactics and how jobseekers can use them to their advantage.

Record numbers working in IT jobs

Graduates considering technology careers will be pleased to learn that the number of people in the UK working in IT jobs is at a record level, according to a report published yesterday by tech-sector organisation e-skills. It estimates that 1,093,000 people in the UK now have careers in technology – that’s 4% of the UK workforce.

The report, which covers the period October to December 2010, also found that the number of advertised IT vacancies grew for the sixth consecutive quarter to 105,000. The number of ‘ready candidates’ (employed and unemployed IT workers looking for new jobs) declined to 95,000. Approximately 37,000 technologists – 3.3% – were unemployed. This compares favourably with the figure for the UK as a whole, which stood at 7.9% for the same period.

Technology sector wages rose slightly, with the average salary for an IT job standing at £38,500 pa. This too compares well against the UK average, calculated by the Office for National Statistics to be around £25,900.

The top ten skills that IT employers required for permanent roles were: SQL, C, C#, .Net, SQL SVR, ASP, Java, Java Script, HTML and Linux. The top ten for contract roles were: SQL, C, C#, Java, Oracle, .Net, SQL SVR, SAP, Unix and ASP.

The report follows announcements by several recruiters of IT graduates in recent weeks that they are increasing their intakes.

Major Lanarkshire Employer Recruiting – Open Day this Saturday, 20th August

Aspirare Recruitment is seeking suitable candidates for a major Lanarkshire based engineering employer. Strong demand in the market means there is an immediate and ongoing requirement for both additional CNC machining expertise and sales staff.

Aspirare is holding an open day this coming Saturday 20th August at its Hamilton offices between 10am and 2pm for potential candidates to come along, find out more and talk through the available opportunities.

If you wish to attend, please call Aspirare on 01698 324 664 to pre-register.

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