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The top networking tips for international students to increase your employability today

 

We noticed an interesting post on LinkedIn recently which highlighted an unusual way an international student got noticed by employers. The marketing director of an international company left her laptop on a bench in London by mistake while rushing to catch a train. Fearing she had lost it forever, she was surprised to receive an email a few hours later from an Italian student who had found her laptop. They met so he could return the case and she found that he had been working in bars but was looking for an entry-level role in the UK. The director wanted to thank the student, so put a post on LinkedIn asking her colleagues and contacts if anyone had an opening for this honest young man. At last count, there were almost 300 responses to her message from employers reaching out to her and she confirmed that she had helped pass his CV on to a number of companies and was coaching him for any interviews he was offered. While this is an unusual situation, it is useful to demonstrate that networking and employability opportunities can come in many forms and from unexpected sources. This got us thinking about how international students and graduates can gain networking skills and opportunities from everyday scenarios. We put together some tips that can be used throughout university and after.

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By Jen Garmston Published: June 18, 2019

Top 10 industries with the most vacancies right now!

Finding a job post-graduation can seem like a herculean task. Regardless of how polished your CV is or how many months you spent at your internship, it is not uncommon to feel like your job applications are disappearing into the ether. You can spend months writing covering letters and sending out applications, but to no avail.

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By David Gee
Published: August 25, 2017

How to stand out in two minutes

Everyone wants to stand out, but how much of a good impression do you think you could make in a two-minute elevator pitch?

In a recent article by CNBC, writer Priscilla Tan sets out a few pieces of advice for graduates looking to make an impact in optimum time. As she explains, “When you're talking about yourself, you're introducing your brand to the world.” This idea of presenting ourselves as brands is a concept that has been floating around for a while, especially in this age of celebrity social media influencers.

 

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By David Gee
Published: June 19, 2017

How to get a job in the UK after graduation

Graduation is one of those life events that seems so far away and then suddenly creeps up on you. But as exciting as it will be, many students find themselves looking beyond the robes and onto their next step.

 

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By David Gee
Published: May 15, 2017

How to make your company more attractive to millennials

Millennials is the word of the moment. Stretching across two decades, it can be difficult to pigeonhole millions of very different adults into distinct behavioural categories. However, while we should abstain from umbrella terms, there are a few key tactics and employment trends that employers can implement to win over this innovative demographic. And it’s about time, too – millennials already make up 50% of the workforce and will make up three quarters by 2030.

 

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By David Gee
Published: May 10, 2017

Do you have an issue retaining new hires - this could be the reason...

There are few things more frustrating for a hiring manager than to have spent weeks poring through CVs, conducting interviews and negotiating job offers, only to find their new member of staff jumps ship just a short while in. Whether it is due to a bad culture fit, mismanaged expectations or simply that the role is not right for them, many hiring managers find that the new member of staff has handed in their notice before they’ve even passed probation.

 

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By David Gee
Published: May 05, 2017

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