Firstly, Congratulations! We aren’t able to congratulate you in person at Graduation just yet, but we at Hope still celebrate your achievements and wish you the very best for your future!
Your relationship with Hope does not end once you’ve got your well-earned degree. All graduates automatically become members of the Hope Alumni Association, which keeps you connected with the Hope community. We’ll send regular email bulletins advertising workshops, job opportunities, conferences and events. And we’d love to hear from you. Let us know what you’re doing by emailing email@example.com.
Can we help you?
You have full access to the Careers & Employability Team for three years after you graduate, including the use of My Careers Centre (MCC) with its jobs board exclusive to Hope students and alumni. You will also find CV writing and interview tips, webinars and guest lectures. If you haven’t yet set up access to MCC, click reset password, then enter your University email address. You can also book a virtual appointment with one of our careers advisers, you’ll find the link on MCC.
Can you help us?
Our alumni are our greatest ambassadors and by sharing your skills and expertise you can make a real difference to the experiences and employability of our students and recent graduates. By volunteering to mentor a current student, write a career case study or deliver a careers talk to students you will be sharing your experience and advice to inspire others and helping them reach their full potential whilst developing your own personal and professional skills. If you would be interested in becoming involved and supporting students please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Useful links for graduates
Network with fellow alumni
The Liverpool Hope University Alumni LinkedIn group is a growing network of former students. Join today and take advantage of the hundreds of members who may be able to give great advice from personal experience: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3686858/
Alumni can apply for a special membership of the Sheppard-Worlock Library for a yearly fee: https://www.hope.ac.uk/library/accessforexternalusers/alumni/
Certificates and transcripts
If you need an additional or replacement copy of your certificate or transcript, or require one to be sent directly to an employer you can request this from the Student Administration team. Find out how here: https://www.hope.ac.uk/gateway/students/studentadministration/certificatestranscripts/paststudents/
Wishing you the best of luck in whatever you do!
The Alumni Office
Applying for a job can be a time-consuming process. From the initial search to writing your CV, creating a carefully worded cover letter, and preparing for an interview, job-hunting can feel like a full-time job in its own right.
But with the proper planning in place, there are a few ways that you can make the job hunt far more efficient.
In an ideal scenario, you will seamlessly search online and quickly find those dream jobs that match your skills and experience.
Let’s find out how.
You may find that creating an action plan is a good way of organising your time.
Set aside a specific time each day (perhaps just an hour) where you can browse the job boards and make a note of the jobs that interest you.
You could schedule a particular time in your diary to ensure that you stay on track or set yourself SMART objectives such as applying for three jobs within a specific time frame.
You could allocate specific days for individual tasks (for example, Mondays for job searches, Wednesdays for writing cover letters, Fridays for chasing up applications, etc.).
We all know that we need to tailor our cover letters/CVs to each application, but that doesn’t mean you have to start it from scratch each time.
Try to create a master template of your CV or cover letter that you can amend and adapt for each subsequent job application.
Make sure you pay close attention to the advertised job description and ensure that your final CV or cover letter highlights the attributes required by the employer.
Many job titles are ambiguous and may bear no resemblance to the job you expect to do.
To speed up your job search, make a list of different ways to describe those jobs.
For example, someone working in marketing or PR could search for roles that embody social media, media relations, lobbying, marketing, content creation, community relations, spokesperson, crisis management, reputation management or public affairs.
If you know what role your experience relates to, you can search for those terms only, which will naturally filter out the results of the jobs you are over/underqualified for.
You can also choose to search for jobs based on specific qualifications/certifications that ensure you are making a good match.
Another helpful tip is to make sure you are searching online in the right places.
For example, most employers will use job boards to publicise any jobs that they are recruiting for.
Some job boards are devoted to specific industries, while others are more generic. So, pay close attention and do your due diligence.
For example, if you’re looking for a graduate/entry-level job, you should focus on job boards that specialise in these roles, rather than wasting time on sites such as LinkedIn, which may focus on more senior recruitment.
We know that personal connections can be hugely important when it comes to a job search. If you have made professional connections with peers from your industry, why not contact them and ask them if they know of any available positions?
Many firms offer internal incentives to aid with recruitment, so you may find a job that isn’t yet advertised.
Similarly, try to attend some professional networking events. These can help you make new contacts, but conferences and workshops can also help you upskill yourself and make you more employable.
To ensure that there is no duplication of job applications, you should track your progress.
First, make a list of jobs that you have applied for – not only can this prevent you from accidentally applying for the same job twice, but it can help you to learn what is or isn’t working.
Next, please make a note of whether you have had to fill in an application form, whether it’s a CV/cover letter application, or whether you’ve been invited to an interview.
You may start to notice a pattern – perhaps you’re great at writing cover letters but struggle with application forms.
If so, you can then make better use of your time to improve your weaknesses.
Sometimes the most straightforward advice is the best.
To avoid wasting your time (and that of the potential employer), only apply for the jobs you really want.
This way, you can focus your attention on making the application as strong as possible, rather than using a scattergun approach.
If you put all of your efforts into your application, you will be far more likely to succeed and achieve an interview.
To make the most of your time searching for a job, focus on finding the right roles that fit your interests and skills.
These practical tips will help you streamline your job search, and it’s clear that spending more time on fewer applications is more likely to yield far better results.
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Looking to add to your CV this summer? Why not complete a virtual experience?
What is virtual experience?
Virtual experiences usually offer you an insight into a business or sector. You’ll complete the entire programme in your own time, accessing everything remotely. You’ll find a range of opportunities being advertised – some will take a couple of days while others can be completed in 5-6 hours. It’s a great way to learn more about a role and an organisation whilst adding to your CV.
What kind of roles can I explore?
With opportunities advertised in banking and finance, marketing, business, law, public sector, policy and charities there’s probably a virtual experience to suit you whatever your career interests or aspirations. If you’re not sure of your preferred career direction there’s nothing to stop you exploring a range of options by undertaking more than one virtual experience.
Is it a competitive process?
The advantage of a virtual experience is that there’s often unlimited capacity so in most cases the experiences are open to all.
Does that diminish the value of the experience?
No, while they’re open to all not everyone will undertake one so you’ll still stand out by signing up and participating. Some employers will also assess your progress or success on the virtual experience and may use it within their recruitment processes.
Where can I find opportunities?
The Bright Network Liverpool Hope University has partnered with The Bright Network to bring you a range of virtual experiences this summer. Each experience is a three day immersive programme with industry projects set by employers and a certificate of completion. Find out more and sign up here
Forage offers opportunities from big name firms from around the globe. Each experience is 5/6 hours in duration and you’ll earn a certificate upon completion. View all their opportunities here
If you still have questions about virtual experience why not speak to a member of our team? You can book an appointment via the ‘book a careers appointment’ tab on My Careers Centre
“It’s not what you know but who you know.”
We’ve all heard that phrase before attributed to being the key factor in getting ahead in all walks of life, and whilst this cliché is not strictly true, making more connections with peers and contacts in your chosen industry will help you to advance your career, increase your knowledge and your exposure and make you feel more part of a community than an individual.
This blog outlines key tips and hints to building your network. Firstly, we’ll look at why it’s beneficial to network.
Now that we’ve gone over why it’s valuable to network. Here’s a few tips on how to. I’ll split this into ‘real world’ and online sections.
Now that you have a greater understanding of why networking is vital and how to do it what’s stopping you? Whether it’s online or at an event make the most of the opportunity to connect, interact and engage with new clients, businesses and academic peers to advance your career prospects.
What do I mean when I say ‘Back to basics? Well, I have a few points which could help brighten up your CV to make that work experience dream a reality.
For help and advice please contact the Careers and Employability team – email@example.com
For help and advice please contact the Careers and Employability team – firstname.lastname@example.org
REDWIGWAM PARTNERS TO PROVIDE UPSKILL OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH THEIR NEW SUPERPOWER UP CAMPAIGN
As the Covid-19 pandemic begins to ease, the outlook for workers promises to be better soon. As part of a workforce upskill initiative, flexible working platform, redwigwam has partnered with other organisations as a sponsor for the new Superpower Up campaign. The campaign promises to provide needed resources to help flexible workers build their CV, tackle job interviews, and improve their profiles by learning new skills that employers demand of their workers.
redwigwam provides the UK with the country’s largest flexible working community. It has been busy throughout the pandemic, providing labour exchange services to over 4,500 employers and to thousands of flexible workers so they can meet workforce demand and provide temporary relief for regular employees who were forced to quarantine due to the virus. These companies included Coca-Cola, Tesco, Kellogg’s, Burton’s Biscuits, Morrison’s, Proper, Simply Cook, and the Snaffling Pig Company.
The latest labour force statistics are fascinating. As we move into this new era, the concept of building new skills and new employment opportunities is starting to take shape. The UK’s workforce understands that the concept of work is changing. Check out these statistics just out from a recent redwigwam survey:
The composition of UK’s workforce also seems to be changing. The redwigwam survey found that 43% of workers described themselves as working with no dependents, and 20% are working parents. Many of these are what we identify as “flexible workers” who often meet the demands of large corporations who need workers on-demand and with varied scheduled availabilities.
These findings match the goal of the Liverpool-based company’s Superpower Up campaign. redwigwam is partnering with some of UK’s leading business experts to provide upskilling webinars for workers who are desperate to learn new skills that will make them more in-demand in the new economy.
Some of the subjects of these webinars will include digital skills, marketing, and personal branding. On April 21, redwigwam provided a LinkedIn training by offering social media expert Alex Low, who offered the redwigwam community with tips on how to use LinkedIn to build a better profile and to use it as a dynamic recruiting tool. Important webinars such as these will be part of redwigwam’s contributions to the Superpower Up campaign.
These Superpower Up resources, will be available to over 150,000 flexible workers who are currently registered on the AI-powered redwigwam website. Thousands of these workers will have new opportunities to learn the skills they need to improve their job marketability.
Lorna Davidson, Founder and CEO of redwigwam, said: “We believe this is a totally unique campaign in which some of UK’s foremost experts, in partnership with redwigwam, will pass on their knowledge and skills free of charge. As a business, our purpose is to change work for good and as part of this we believe in the importance of giving back.
Lorna stated that redwigwam’s goal is for “workers to have the opportunity to upskill, something our survey made clear is a major requirement as we start to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, and hirers will also benefit as the workers they need to recruit will be better equipped to meet their needs.”
Dan Parker, Digital Marketing Executive at redwigwam, said: “I’m extremely excited to be involved with the Superpower Up initiative. It’s a fantastic opportunity for our wigwamers to learn some invaluable skills and increase employability for the future. I can’t wait to give back to our hardworking wigwamer community.”
Rachael Johnston, redwigwam’s Community Manager, said: “I chat to our workers daily and there’s definitely a need for flexible working. The skills our wigwamer will take away from the webinars will really help empower them to have the work/life balance they want.”
Please come back often as our blogs provide additional information about the Superpower Up campaign in the coming months and plenty of student jobs available.