News, views, advice and blogs for graduates and recruiters from the Gradsouthwest team and guests.
Sunday, September 10, 2023
Entering the job market as a recent graduate can be a daunting experience. One option that can provide you with structured career development and valuable experience is a graduate scheme. Graduate schemes, also known as graduate programmes or entry-level programs, are offered by a wide range of organisations, from large corporations to government agencies and nonprofit organisations. They typically provide graduates with a combination of on-the-job training, professional development, and mentorship opportunities. With graduate schemes now starting to open, we'll guide you through the steps to prepare for applying.
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.
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.
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.