12 days of careers Christmas

‘On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree………’

I’m sure you all know this festive classic and although it’s great receiving gifts from loved ones at this time of year I’m not entirely sure what I’d do with a partridge, swimming swans or leaping lords (the 5 gold rings would be nice though!)

If you’re searching for a job at this time of year more useful presents would be resources help you. Here are 12 gifts the Careers Service is offering you this Christmas.Christmas-Presents-002

Vacancies to apply for Our vacancies database CareersLink is currently advertising 840 full time vacancies so get logged in now! Use the advanced search option to look for vacancies by location, employer or sector.

Grad Scheme closing dates Never miss a closing date again! Why not highlight the ones that interest you in that new diary you were given.

Applications Advice Working on an Application Form, CV or Covering letter? Subject to eligibility You can get advice and feedback on them through our applications advice session. Not in Manchester don’t worry you can get feedback via email. The resources and guides on our website will also help you.

Self-awareness Start the New Year with a new, more self-aware you by completing Prospects career planner. It’s an online tool that helps you become more aware of the types of jobs that might suit you. Our ‘I don’t know what I want to do’ resource is a must read for anyone who … well I think you can guess!

Sector specific information whether you know what career you want to get into or just want to explore options our Which Career pages on our website are an ideal starting point!

Careers guidance You can speak to one of our Careers Consultants to discuss your ideas and plans. If you’ve moved away from Manchester you book a telephone or in some cases a Skype appointment Please note appointments are subject to eligibility.

Commercial awareness Many publications will do some kind of review of the year around this time. Read the ones related to the sector that you are interested in, you’ll gain commercial awareness that you might need to draw upon in applications or interviews.

A professional network Networking is a piece of (Christmas) cake when you have a LinkedIn profile. To make sure yours impresses employers have a look at our advice on how to build your profile . You might also want to check out our previous blog post and our advice on Networking.

Regional/country specific resources if you’re spending time at home over Christmas it might inspire you to search for vacancies closer to your family or it might have the opposite effect. Either way use our regional and country specific information to explore opportunitie.

Psychometric tests resources These test are becoming more common with a range of employers. With all those mince pies and chocolates on offer exercise seems pointless but you could still exercise your brain over the festive period.

Interview advice  with our ‘preparing for interviews’ guide and the opportunity to discuss or practice an upcoming interview there are loads of ways the Careers Service can help you secure a job.

Assessment centre advice at an assessment centre you might be asked to do a range of different tasks/ exercises. Our guide goes through the things you could be faced with. If you’ve got an assessment centre coming up our presentation skills guide and in tray exercise may be of use.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you all X

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