Teacher Training – applications now open

Postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (England & Wales) opened for applications on 9th October and we’ve already seen a lot of personal statements at our Careers Express drop-in. If you’re thinking of applying to teacher training to start in 2019 this blog’s for you! Read More

Using your network to launch your career

Network to launch career

You may have heard of the “hidden jobs market”, well this definitely forms part of it. Small companies, that is to say businesses with less than 50 employees, make up a huge percentage of the jobs market. What you might not know is that their jobs don’t always appear on your indeed job search. These companies often use their networks to find the right staff. And, you should do the same thing to find the right job!

Whilst the big companies and graduate schemes advertise their graduate opportunities widely, opportunities in small businesses can be harder to find online but they are out there in BIG numbers. And there are perks to working for a smaller organisation.

You are likely to be given a greater degree of responsibility and opportunities to build on decision-making and leadership skills. Plus, the work is usually more varied than in larger organisations so graduates often have a better chance to explore different activities and find out what interests them.

So how can you harness your personal network to help your job hunt? Here’s our top three tips…

  1. Consider who you know. This may sound like an overly simple piece of advice, but the best place to start is to audit your connections. Think about who you know, what they do and how they could help. Does your Dad’s friend still work for that marketing organisation? Does your best friend’s uncle still work in the media industry? I promise, you’ll be surprised how many links you already have on your contacts list.
  2. Ask for introductions. Your network doesn’t just consist of who you know, it is also made up of who they know. Your parents might not work in the right area but likelihood is they know someone who does. Or, they know someone who knows someone. Have you heard that everyone on the planet can be linked by 7 degrees of separation? Well start asking for introductions and see how far it gets you!
  3. Remember your online community. Those lost hours spent on instagram and facebook aren’t wasted when it comes to your job search. Do you follow someone who has your “dream job”? Message them! Your existing online network is a powerful tool in your job hunt. Plus, it’s a great place to start in trying to build new connections. Apps like LinkedIn and Shapr are incredibly useful to meet new people who can help you take the next step.

If you want any more advice on your job hunt, book in for a 1-1 appointment with one of our careers advisers by emailing careers@hope.ac.uk

6 ways to make a good first impression in your new job

Starting a new job is a big deal. Starting your very first new graduate job can feel like a REALLY big deal. Here are our 6 top tips to make a good first impression in your new job.

1.) Be on time

Do I sound like a broken record? That might be so, but arriving late is the #1 absolute no-go. Check your route, test drive it, do a dummy run on the bus, whatever you need to to make sure you’re there with five minutes to spare.

2.) Be yourself

Whilst it is important to make a good first impression, you also need to give a true impression of who you are and what you are about. After all, that is why they offered you the job in the first place!

3.) Be attentive

Take time to observe your new environment. Make sure you’re always carrying a note pad and pen and be attentive to everything. From the IT system to how your new colleagues’ take their brew.

4.) Be adaptable

Adaptability and flexibility are some of the most sought after traits by employers. Take early opportunities to demonstrate that you are able to handle change effectively and are ready for this new role.

5.) Be patient

Don’t rush in with guns blazing ready to change the world. In most cases, the company and the team you are joining have existed well before you arrived. Take time to understand their habits, strengths and routine. There will be plenty of time to make an impact as you develop in your role.

6.) Be friendly

Make a round of brews, remember your new colleague’s name, ask questions and actively listen to their response. These early days often set the tone for your long-term working relationships and kind gestures go a long way.

Class of 2018 we’re here for you!

If you’re graduating this summer remember you can access all of our services, free of charge, for up to three more years. Here’s our quick guide to our services and how we can help now you’ve finished university. Read More

Student Insight: My Summer Accountancy Placement

Joseph Dunwell, second-year Business Management student, has joined us for a guest blog to talk about his experience on a 2-week summer placement with Jon Davies Accountants. 

As a university student wanting to take up Accountancy as a career, the opportunity of a two-week placement at Jon Davies Accountants sounded extremely beneficial in gaining the knowledge and understanding of accountancy which would complement and build on my previous work experience at RSM but also put me in good stead for my accountancy placement year at Sedulo Leeds. Working within a smaller firm enables focused first-hand experience across a variety of different accounting activities which is something that firms such as the big four cannot compete with.

My two weeks spent at Jon Davies Accountants consisted of the following:

·         Understanding and gaining Certified status in the use of Xero accountancy software

·         Creating a CSV and Filing Confirmation Statements

·         Importing Trial Balances into TaxCalc

·         Preparing of accounts and analytical review

·         Attending BNI networking meeting & Santander Bank Manager meeting

·         Gaining knowledge of Receipt Bank App, scanning receipts in and reconciling them in Xero

·         Writing several blogs which are relevant information for clients, advertised on the Jon Davies Website

·         Attending the teams monthly night out and winning the pub quiz!!

One highlight that stood out for me over the two week placement was the opportunity to attend BNI, a networking group that enables businesses to tap into the contacts of other individuals who attend the group thereby building a list of contacts for potential clients. Having known a little about BNI in the past, going to an actual meeting gave me a clearer understanding of what it takes to connect with others and make a business grow.

Jon Davies Accountants have helped me to further develop skills such as verbal communication, Microsoft Excel, Xero, teamwork and time management. Working for a team of 5 or 6 employees presents the opportunity to get to know people on a personal level which in turn creates a great office environment, as I have felt extremely welcomed and a part of the team for the short time that I have been here. Speaking to the various members of staff about their route into accountancy has accelerated my thinking as to the route I want to consider in the future.

My time at Jon Davies Accountants is one that I will not forget quickly, it has been a privilege and pleasure working for such a great team, and I wish them all the success in the future. Thank you to Liverpool Hope University and Jon Davies Accountants for the unforgettable opportunity.

If you are interested in applying for a professional placement, like Joseph, then click here to read more about Hope Placement Service and view the latest opportunities. 

Let the summer ‘work’ for you

I love this time of year (especially now I’m a term-time member of staff) as the long university summer holidays stretch out ahead of us. If you’re one of our students, or a finalist waiting for graduation, the holidays have already begun. How will you be spending your summer and can you be doing things now to improve your CV and make you stand out from the crowd when you reach graduation? Read More