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  • Graduates get jobs through Gradsouthwest

    Graduates get jobs through Gradsouthwest

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019

    Gradsouthwest has a strong track record in matching great graduates with great jobs across the south west. Take a look at some of our recent success stories....

  • Getting in the Right Frame of Mind for a Successful Interview

    Getting in the Right Frame of Mind for a Successful Interview

    Monday, September 23, 2019

    While employment in the UK reached a record high in early 2019 with 853,000 job vacancies available, there’s a good chance that you’ll get the opportunity to head in for an interview sooner rather than later. However, being interviewed isn’t always easy, and while there are resources to prepare yourself for one, it can still be difficult to get into the right frame of mind for an interview. With that being said, there are many ways that you can prepare to ensure that your interview goes smoothly from start to finish.

  • How To Inject Story Telling Into Your Cover Letter & Win An Interview

    How To Inject Story Telling Into Your Cover Letter & Win An Interview

    Monday, September 2, 2019

    Your CV covers the fundamental facts: where you’ve studied, where you’ve worked, and what your life has involved (at least since you left compulsory education). It’s all about ticking a set of boxes to make it through the weeding-out stage of the recruitment process. Missed a year with no explanation? Cut. Took 5 pages to cover content that could have been condensed to 1? Cut.

  • How To Take Your Cover Letter From Good To Great By Using Basic Writing Principles

    How To Take Your Cover Letter From Good To Great By Using Basic Writing Principles

    Monday, August 12, 2019

    Even as job applications increasingly move online to be carried along by automated software, there’s still a huge amount of value in the classic cover letter. If you’ve covered all the basics, then your application is going to be read by a real person at some point, and their reaction to it will make the difference between you being offered an interview and falling out of the running.

  • LinkedIn for recent graduates

    LinkedIn for recent graduates

    Friday, August 2, 2019

    What is LinkedIn and is it useful for recent graduates? Is it ‘just’ another social media site? Well, yes and no. It is really more of an on-line professional network than a social media site.

  • What do UK graduate employers want in a Curriculum Vitae?

    What do UK graduate employers want in a Curriculum Vitae?

    Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    Your CV... What should you include? A photo? Graphics? A personal Statement? Should it fit two pages? Should you tailor it to the role?
    We provide the answers.

  • High rents are stopping young people moving away from small towns for better-paid work, report finds

    High rents are stopping young people moving away from small towns for better-paid work, report finds

    Monday, July 1, 2019

    Young people today are very much at the sharp end of the housing crisis. High rents are stopping young people moving away from small towns for better-paid work, report finds.

  • Here's How To Have A Successful Remote Interview

    Here's How To Have A Successful Remote Interview

    Thursday, June 20, 2019

    One of the most exciting parts of any job seeker’s journey is securing an interview for a desired position. It’s exciting to get past the initial phase of sending out CV after CV; once an interview is requested, it’s one foot in the door to a new and appealing position.

  • The Western Powerhouse

    The Western Powerhouse

    Tuesday, June 4, 2019

    The removal of tolls on the Severn crossings in 2018 brought south Wales and south west England psychologically closer. Making it easier to commute, shop and trade...

  • How to prioritise and manage your time

    How to prioritise and manage your time

    Saturday, May 25, 2019

    During a recent mentoring session I was asked about tips on prioritising work, especially with exams on the horizon and the need to apply for jobs looming too. It is all too easy to keep putting things off and then the pile of work or study can turn into an insurmountable task that defeats us.