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

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

3 approaches to networking for a job (from personal experience)

Posted by Steve Morgan on 13 October 2015

 As a job search tactic, I genuinely believe that networking is a seriously underutilised tactic - so much so than when I see people who do utilise it, in most cases their chances are improved significantly. Whether it's the case of getting yourself out-and-about at particular events (and different types of events), or the way that you sell yourself online (and where/how you do it), here are a few ways that networking can really help you to land a new job - all of which are backed-up from with real-life stories behind them...

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Topics: networking, job hunting

Getting your voice heard could land you a job

Posted by S Donaldson on 6 July 2015

New research published in Psychological Science has shown that written job pitches pale in comparison to the spoken word.

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Topics: networking, job hunting

5 books to further your career

Posted by S Donaldson on 1 July 2015
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Topics: networking, job hunting, employability skills, Interviews

What a STEM Student could get from an Alumni Mentor

Posted by S Donaldson on 29 June 2015

Michael Ezra, Regional Business Manager Western Europe at Biotech Vision Care Pvt.ltd., graduated in 1989 from Queen Mary University London with a BSc in Molecular Biology.

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Topics: networking, STEM

LinkedIn guide to getting ready for graduation

Posted by S Donaldson on 10 June 2015

If you’re graduating this summer but haven’t got a job lined up yet, don’t worry. LinkedIn’s Darain Faraz shares his top tips for building your network and sussing out your first career move.

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Topics: networking, job hunting

Network your way to the perfect internship

Posted by S Donaldson on 29 May 2015

The summer break is a great chance to get your foot on the career ladder by interning. If you haven’t lined something up yet, don’t worry, there’s still time. LinkedIn’s Darain Faraz shares his top tips for using LinkedIn to bag an internship.

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Topics: networking

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

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

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