Written by Zofia Rozalska, Student Engagement Consultant at the Careers Service
Welcome back to Semester 2! Now is a great time to start thinking about your career journey and here at the Careers Service we offer lots of support to help you. Although we are not fully back on campus, you can still access all of our services online. Login to your CareerConnect account to book appointments, access resources, search for opportunities and sign up for events.
Here are our top 5 tips for navigating the Careers Service and some advice on what you can get involved with this Semester.
- Online workshops
Our online workshops are a great place to begin. We host a variety of events focusing on different careers and employability topics that are packed with useful information. Simply find one you are interested in and register online via CareerConnect.
Don’t worry if you can’t attend or miss a session, you can still access all the recordings on our YouTube channel.
2. CV Checker platform
Need support writing your CV? Try CareerSet, an online CV checker where you can upload your existing CV or draft your first CV and receive instant personalised feedback. It will scan your CV against top recruiter and hiring manager’s criteria and give you a score out of 100. You can access CareerSet 24/7 from any location and re-submit as many times necessary. It’s a great way to get instant feedback on your CV instantly and follow the guidance on how to improve it before applying for a job. Applying for a specific job? Go to TargetMyCV and upload your CV and the job description.
3. Interview practice
Want to practice for an upcoming interview? Shortlist.Me is an online interview preparation platform and is a great way to begin preparing for online video interviews. The platform helps familiarise you with the interview process and you can access recruiter’s interviews, industry specific or tailored career interview questions. It is accessible 24/7 and you can take as many interviews as you want to help build your confidence.
4. Complete short online modules
Do you want to gain confidence and build your skills? Access our short online modules on CareerConnect to learn at your own speed, whenever and wherever you want. Choose from the below Pathways:
Get CV ready – This Pathway includes CareerSet CV checker to give you on demand feedback on your CV. On completion of the Pathway you will unlock CV Review appointments for future use if you need them.
Get Application and Cover Letter Ready – Use CareerSet Cover letter checker and access resources to help you with application forms and personal statements for jobs.
Get Assessment, Test and Interview Ready – Develop practical skills by practicing interview techniques and psychometric tests. Discover how to succeed at assessment centres.
Get Ready for Postgraduate Study – Find out how to research postgraduate courses and write applications. Includes Masters, PhD, PGCE and postgraduate entry to medicine
5. Book a careers guidance appointment
If you prefer a one-on-one chat with a Careers Consultant about your current position and figure out your next steps, you can book an online appointment. Whether you are at the beginning of your career search journey, want a change or need some help during the process, we are here to help!
6. Follow us on social media
We promote a range of opportunities and events that will keep you up to date with everything that is happening at the Careers Service. Follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to stay connected. Don’t forget to regularly check our blog for updated posts and our YouTube for all events on-demand!
Applying for jobs in this current climate can be daunting, but we are here for you and want to support you through your time at the University. Also, remember you have access to the Careers Service two years after your graduation. If you need any more advice visit out our website for more advice.