News, views, advice and blogs for graduates and recruiters from the Gradsouthwest team and guests.
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.
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...
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?
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.
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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.