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  • Graduating in 2020?

    Graduating in 2020?

    Thursday, January 16, 2020

    If you’re graduating in 2020, recruiters will be advertising over the next few months for summer start dates.
    Get yourself ready now to fire off applications before you're too busy with exams. Here's what you need to do.

  • Helping unemployed graduates

    Helping unemployed graduates

    Monday, December 9, 2019

    We are pleased to be working with Jobcentre Plus to support unemployed graduates get a foothold in the graduate labour market.
    Since September this year we have been supporting unemployed graduates with CV reviews, interview coaching and more. Find out about what we've learnt so far...

  • It’s a bad idea not to write a covering letter – here’s why

    It’s a bad idea not to write a covering letter – here’s why

    Friday, December 6, 2019

    The job advert says send your CV and covering letter, and yet so many candidates don’t bother with the covering letter. What does this tell the recruiter?

  • Occumi Partnership

    Occumi Partnership

    Thursday, October 24, 2019

    Students and graduates who are signed up to Gradsouthwest or GradWales can now use Occumi to identify and understand their transferable skills.
    To get a login for Occumi - register with Gradsouthwest or GradWales and details are on your 'My Account' homepage.

  • 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.