You’ve probably heard about the benefits of gaining work experience alongside your studies. It can help with career decision making, allows you to develop transferable skills like communication and teamwork and builds your confidence and resilience. In this guest blog we hear from recent graduate Natasha Barnes about her work experience with McGinley Education. Read More
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
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…
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 email@example.com
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.