Back in 2015 I gave you my Careers Advice Playlist so I thought it was high time to release that infamous tricky second album. Again you won’t find anything that ‘current’ but the careers advice in this songs have stood the test of time.
Well are you? This is what employers want to know. On your CV split your experience to date into ‘Relevant Work Experience’ & ‘Additional Work Experience’ This will mean that the most pertinent work you’ve done will be listed on the 1st page of your CV and will be more obvious to employers. Have a look at the example in our CV guide
‘Prove It’ Television
Who would have guessed that a 1970s rock band would understand the importance of the CAR model! When making an application its not enough to say that you’ve developed certain skills or have gained particular experiences – you need to prove it. To to this we recommend using what it known as the CAR model. CAR stands for CONTEXT, ACTION, RESULT. Start by briefly stating the situation you were in (CONTEXT) then go it detail about the things that you did and how you did them (ACTION) finish by highlighting the positive impact you had on the situation and what the outcome was (RESULT). More information about the CAR model can be found in out CV guide.
‘Hard to Explain’ The Strokes
The boys were clearly struggling with writing their Covering Letters at this point. Explaining why you want to work in that job role and for that employer can hard. Saying that you have always wanted to work in this job role/ for this employer won’t cut the mustard, you need to demonstrate more of an understanding and appreciation. Consider the following things: what first attracted you to the job role? Why does the role of ‘job title’ appeal to you so much? What makes it stand out? Why have you been looking for opportunities in this sector? Where does this sector interest stem from? What steps have you demonstrated which shows this passion? Likewise, Why are you applying for this role within this specific organisation? Why not a similar role within another firm? What makes the organisation different? Does the organisations ethos align with your own? How? Do you feel as though you would fit in? Use our Covering Letter Guide for more advice on getting your motivation across.
‘One Size Fits All’ Frank Zappa & The Mothers (of Invention)
OK, so I’m cheating a bit here this is actually an album title. However, its an album that includes my favorite ever song (‘Andy’) so I had to include it!
Now Frank would top the list of my dream dinner party guests as we share a lot of the same beliefs but over dessert I’d have to challenge him on this statement – One size definitely doesn’t fit all especially when it comes to applications. I may as well stick with the food theme to explain why. When planning for this dream dinner party I would need to work out what what I was going to feed my guests and write a shopping list of the ingredients I’d need to make these dishes. Think of the job description as the employers shopping list, the skills and experiences listed are the ingredients needed to do the role. If I got the wrong ingredients my dishes wouldn’t be successful, similarly if your application doesn’t contain the right ingredients listed on the employers shopping list it also won’t be successful.
‘Another Brick Wall’ Pink Floyd
I often think Roger Waters must have been applying for jobs whilst writing this song. After all the effort you put in to make a good application, not hearing anything back from the employer can feel like you’ve hit a brick wall. Remember its not personal, the employer may simply not have the resources available to respond to every application they receive. Its frustrating I know but keep chipping away. Sooner or later your applications will bring down this brick wall.
‘Get It On’ Marc Bolan & T-Rex
I’m obviously referring to clothes here! Marc knew how to dress for any (glam rock) occasion and its important that you too dress appropriately for any assessment centre and/or interview you have. Dressing smart goes without but its also important to feel conformable on the day. Make sure your clothes fit well and aren’t to restrictive. Ladies those 4in heals may make you stand tall but are they comfortable to walk in? Remember you might be given a tour of the premises. I also think its OK to add a bit of individuality to the outfit. I’m thinking a patterned (non novelty) tie or a necklace not a feather boa a la Bolan!
‘Ziggy Stardust’ David Bowie
On the surface not the most obvious of choices I know but you can’t mention Bolan and not Bowie! Think about it, what Bowie created in Ziggy was a character that made it OK to be different, and showed that there was nothing wrong with being an individual. This is something you need to remember when it comes to to your career decision making – you need to find the right role for you. Resources on our website can help you start to think about what you want out of a job and what roles might suit you.
‘Inner City Pressure’ Flight of the Concords
Many of you may have seen the Flight of the Concords TV show but if you haven’t here’s a brief synopsis – Bret & Jermaine leave New Zealand for the big city of New York to make it as a band – Unfortunately its not very successful so they write a song about the stresses that they face.
The Concord guys thought that moving to a big city was the only way they could make the big time, similarly you might feel that all graduate jobs are in London. This isn’t true the majority of opportunities are actually outside of London. Even national & multinational organisations are likely to have regional offices dotted around. On CareersLink use the ‘Advanced Search’ tool to look for jobs in different regions and check out our our where can I work pages
‘Never Going Back Again’ Fleetwood Mac
When I completed my undergrad as far as I was concerned I’d finished with education. I never wanted to hear the words ‘coursework’, ‘deadline’ or ‘essay’ again. 4 years later I backtracked and decided to do it all again and start a masters degree! I went back again for my professional development, but there are many reasons why you might chose to go back to further study at some point. If its something that you are considering or think you might be interested in in the future our Postgrad Study & Funding Guide will be a good read. I’d just like to point out that this time I’m never going back again….
‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ The Beatles
Well we want to hold your hand! If you are a recent graduate of the University of Manchester you can still use the Careers Service for 2 years after you have graduated.
*** Please note that the Careers Service does not condone or agree with any of the other concepts / themes these songs may contain***