Can social media get you a job?

Posted by S Donaldson on 25 April 2016

Image taken from Justien Van Zele

Have you seen that new Scapchat filter that makes the bottom of your face really thin so you have a huge forehead and a teeny tiny pin mouth? Yeah, well that particular bit of social media probably isn’t going to help you get a job. But believe it or not the ol’ internet can be quite useful.

Jobvite’s most recent Recruiter Nation survey shows that 92% of US employers use social media to support recruitment. This number is much lower, at only about 40%, in the UK. But that’s still a significant chunk of employers, and with a third of those surveyed planning to up their spend on social media recruitment, we reckon it’s worth a blog post.

So here are a few things to keep in mind for maximising the career-potential of social media:

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Topics: networking, employability skills, Social networks

5 factors that affect your starting salary (and how to tackle them)

Posted by Ruth Bushi on 26 January 2016

You’ve got more say in your pay than you think. Save the Student flips the lid on salaries to show you the money – and how to get it.

The good news is that having a degree stacks the salary odds in your favour: graduates go on to earn around 60% more than someone without a degree over the course of their career. While that’s a hefty bonus in the long term, take a look at some fixable factors that influence your pay from day one.

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Topics: employability skills

Career inspiration No. 3: Taylor Swift

Posted by careers consultant on 19 January 2016

This post comes from a series of blogs looking to pop culture for career inspiration.

How has it taken me three celeb career inspiration blogs to get to Taylor Swift?! Last time I wrote about the feline Taylor Swift, this time it’s the real deal. Here are just a few of the possibly infinite number of career lessons we can learn from Tay Tay’s phenomenal success.

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Topics: employability skills, Comment

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

What career skills were you shouting about in 2015?

Posted by S Donaldson on 7 January 2016

Image from Marcos de Madariaga

Are you sick of 2015 countdown lists yet? No? Good, because here's another one.

Have you heard of Coursera? It's great. It allows you to take free online courses in pretty much anything, and those courses are taught by university experts. In fact, The Careers Group delivered a course in Employability Skills in 2014 and 2015.

And now the good people at Coursera have put together a handy list of 2015's most coveted career skills.
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Topics: News, job hunting, employability skills

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

Career inspiration No. 2:  lil Bub

Posted by careers consultant on 9 December 2015

This post is taken from a series of blogs looking to pop culture for career inspiration.

Adorable image from lil BUB

Career inspiration can come from anywhere. There are your obvious (and very useful) sources like careers advisers. But then there are the fun places. Like the life of lil Bub.

If you’re not familiar with lil Bub, get familiar. Because lil Bub is the cutest. She’s a celebrity cat. Born a runt of a feral litter, she was rescued and raised by Mike Bridavsky. And due to a variety of disorders she’s a perma-kitten with an adorable tongue that’s always sticking out. Lil Bub merchandise sales and appearances have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for animal charities and for her (at one point nearly bankrupt) owner.

And she’s about to release an album.

Yep that’s right. She’s about to be a music star, a feline Taylor Swift. So what career lessons can we learn from the astounding success of lil Bub?

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Topics: employability skills, career choice

How to tackle psychometric tests

Posted by S Donaldson on 2 December 2015


Psychometric tests are one of the hoops some of you will have to jump through to get a job. Large employers often use these tests as a quick and easy way of cutting down the huge volume of applications they receive. So how should you tackle them? Well, firstly, don’t panic. Secondly, do prepare. And thirdly, don’t panic some more.

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Topics: employability skills, assessment centres, psychometric tests

Employer perspective on competency interviews

Posted by S Donaldson on 10 November 2015

Image from studio tdes

I recently chaired an event at UCL on competency interviews. Competency interviews aim to assess a candidate’s key skills, usually by asking for examples of where skills have been previously displayed. If you’ve used a competency well in the past you can do it again for your employer in the future.

Two representatives from the consumer goods company Unilever and one from the law firm RPC gave their perspectives on what is currently the most common form of interview. The take home messages were:

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Topics: employability skills, law, Interviews

6 networking tips that work for me

Posted by S Donaldson on 27 October 2015

Image from Andy Lamb

Networking is important. It just is. But it can also be painful. There are LOADS of tips out there aimed at making it slightly less painful. Each one of those tips will be great for someone, but not necessarily everyone.

The below networking tips have helped me, and so hopefully they’ll also help people who are a bit like me. But are you like me? Do you feel social awkwardness acutely and do everything in your power to avoid it? Do you enjoy spending time with humans, but also hate meeting new ones? Do you cringe at the thought of entering a room packed with strangers with the aim of ‘selling yourself’? If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the above, these tips may ease your pain.

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Topics: networking, employability skills

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