The 10 most popular articles from The Careers Group in 2015

Posted by Harry Picken on 11 January 2016

2015 was a busy year in higher education. It saw a higher education Green Paper, the proposal of a teaching excellence framework, and more students than ever seeking career advice from their university. But, let's not forget the hundreds of blogs published by The Careers Group for offering news and career advice for students, graduates, career centres and employers.

2015 also saw us launch a new-look blog platform where you can subscribe to email updates in addition to a new blog dedicated to graduate recruiters.

But which articles had you clicking the most? Here are the top 10 most-read of 2015.


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Topics: News, Jobs and Internships, Peace, Politics and Policy, job hunting, employability skills, CVs and applications, Postgraduate study

Acing applications - what employers don’t want to hear!

Posted by Kate Murray on 23 December 2015

Writing answers to application form questions is an issue with two halves: the first half is generally pretty straightforward answers to biographical questions; the second half is generally the section that takes the longer time and requires more input. I’ll write later about Personal Statements, so here’s some help with those competency questions.

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Topics: job hunting, CVs and applications

Believe in Yourself! Martial arts and the attitude of success with job applications

Posted by Payal Patel on 15 December 2015

I know what you’re thinking. What do martial arts have to do with job applications?

This is not about extra curricular activities (well I do mention that later). It’s about what you can learn from martial arts and how you can use this information to approach job applications in a healthier way!

Practising the philosophies of martial arts may help you overcome that initial dread of filling in the application form.

Both ‘practices’ have a lot in common. Both seek to project a positive self-image of confidence and strength.

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Topics: employability skills, CVs and applications, Comment, Recruitment

Leaving academia? 5 CV don’ts!

Posted by S Donaldson on 2 November 2015

Image adapted from Nicolas Raymond

Academics live in their own special world when it comes to CVs. So it's no surprise that many researchers are baffled when they try to leave the ivory tower. Here are five mistakes to avoid in your non-academic CV.

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Topics: CVs and applications

3 tips for your Masters personal statement

Posted by S Donaldson on 21 October 2015

Masters application formats vary. Sometimes you’ll be given a series of short questions. This can be helpful in letting you know exactly what the institution is looking for. But sometimes you’ll be asked to simply submit an application letter or personal statement. In these cases it can be tempting to tell the story of your life, but a good personal statement should be more focussed.

Here are three tips for putting together an effective Masters personal statement.

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Topics: CVs and applications, Postgraduate study

80,000 people did this last year - now it's your chance and it's free!

Posted by Sue Moseley on 27 May 2015

Want to learn how to make effective career decisions?

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Topics: networking, job hunting, employability skills, CVs and applications, career choice, International Students, Interviews

It pays to tailor your application

Posted by S Donaldson on 11 May 2015

One piece of advice I give to jobhunters time and again is to tailor. Always to tailor. If you want an employer to understand what you’ll bring to their team, you have to tell them. And you have to be specific. If after a quick name-change, you could send the exact same application off to another similar organisation, then you’re not being specific enough.

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Topics: CVs and applications

Have you checked your spelling?

Posted by Cal Brindley on 5 May 2015

The number one reason why your job application is likely to be rejected is poor spelling. So you can have the right skills and experience, have done the internships, even researched the organisation and brushed up on your commercial awareness; but none of this will matter if you haven’t taken the time to proofread your CV. According to this article in the Telegraph, the most common spelling mistakes recruiters see are:

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Topics: CVs and applications

Looking for a Job? Come and meet employers at the London Graduate Fair - 17th June 2015

Posted by AndyWalsh on 30 April 2015

As the summer approaches and exam fever takes over it’s worth giving 5 minutes thought to what you plan to do next. If you are in your final year, one possible option is gaining a job in the UK rather than going back home.

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Topics: networking, job hunting, CVs and applications, career choice, International Students

10 things you can do to improve your CV – NOW

Posted by Cal Brindley on 27 April 2015

Adapted from a post by Rachael Blundell for the QMUL Jobs Blog

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Topics: CVs and applications

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