How to land a graduate job?

We have been lucky to have received many rejections in the past. Not to be too emotional about it, but if you can think of one recruitment-related mistake, we can think of three.

A previous post highlighted that this time of the year is particularly busy, especially for those deciding what to do with their life, at least in the employment sphere. This is why we thought we can ease the turmoil (call it a nightmare) through several posts where we would like to help you land a graduate job.

I. Where to start is unsurprisingly the beginning of the series, where we look into rankings, rumours, skills, self-realisation and other deep issues that can enable the power within, e.g. what job roles and industries you really should be applying for.

II. The CV. Here there is so much that goes wrong that we thought we can compile ‘The 10 things nobody tells you about your CV’. The article will be live at some point, we promise.

III. Tests, tests, tests. Math geniuses we are not. The good news is that you don’t have to be such either. The good old saying that ‘To fail to prepare is to prepare to fail’ is so very relevant here, hence why we are offering you our top tips, best resources and more. (Work in Progress)

IV. How to pass you interview? So you have finally made it to the job interview stage? Congrats. Now is the time for a series of rehearsals where you have three things in mind – the preparation, the storyline and the audience.

V. What is there to assess? Group tasks, presentations, individual tasks, face-to-face interviews, report writing. Let’s go into some detail and make sure you perform at your highest. (Work in Progress)

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How to write a Personal Statement?

It is again that time of the year – undergrads hectically preparing personal statements for master’s degree applications, postgrads realising their numerical skills should be urgently brushed up for those divine psychometric tests, newly hired graduates frantically setting up annual objectives and figuring out what they are supposed to work on.

If the thought of scrolling down through top-tier university rankings and packaging up your unquestionably hypnotic internship experiences is not intimidating enough, then writing a personal statement for universities  with  three-letter acronym or the ones with a collective appellation ending on bridge, definitely is.

Let’s have a glimpse  for a moment at you. It seems you have done pretty well in your exams so far, raised money through a RAG event or may have climbed an eminent mountain peak in Africa for a charity. Bagged a couple of summer internships, been at least a treasury in a society (who hasn’t been). You probably ran half a marathon and are fascinated by at least one of your lecturer’s topics. You are great, right?

As sad as it might be, the top-tier universities have seen many of you. If we were to claim that we can provide the ultimate list of what you need to get accepted, we would be naïve. Having said that, we believe there are several critical issues, that if addressed adequately, raise your chances above the average.

Sell yourself

Salesmen we are not. But your ability to capture the reader’s attention within the first 2 sentences of your personal statement may be the key to making the writing effort worthwhile. If you are eager to tell the reader about your personal details, rightfully chosen hobby or the complete list of undergrad subjects and other trivia, then you have lost both your reader and chance.

Start with an achievement, demonstrate your passion and make it personable.Try to connect with the reader from the very beginning (we should know about that, shouldn’t we?). The best way to establish this connection leads us to the next point.

Research, stalk, research

Job/university applications are said to have much in common with dating. First dates to be precise. If a try and miss happen to be not so dramatic in your love life, when applying to just a couple of top-tier universities, not putting the time and energy to research (stalk) your potential one, is simply a lack of common sense.

Differentiate yourself from the rest

Let’s expand on that. Knowing your reader can give you a major advantage – the opportunity to put hooks in the right places to intrigue that person. Whether you will mention a piece of writing that has provoked your curiosity to explore the topic in detail, whether you will demonstrate your understanding of the structure of the programme you’re applying to or you will be able to differentiate your object of interest/desire (University A, we mean) from all the rest, you are already winning.

Unfortunately being great is not enough. We have so much experience in being great, but still strive for more. So should you.

Suits and Books. Our pleasure.

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