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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

Unpaid internships - great experience or a barrier to social mobility?

For graduates, unpaid internships can seem like an inescapable aspect of post-university life. You’re encouraged to take every opportunity, even if it means taking a financial hit. It’s an investment for the future, after all – a small sacrifice now for a potentially big gain in the future.

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By David Gee
Published: September 14, 2017

The importance of giving employer feedback

Does your company give candidates feedback, even if they’re unsuccessful? If you answered ‘yes,’ then you are in the minority.

Employers often argue that they simply do not have enough time to give feedback to every applicant especially if there has been a high number of candidates. Yet, while this is understandable at the preliminary stages, it’s a little harder to swallow once you’ve reached final interview.

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By David Gee
Published: September 11, 2017

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

5 reasons to incorporate flexible working at your company

Here at GradLink, we’ve noticed an increase in flexible working reports in the news. They range from job sharing and compressed hours, to working from home and flexitime. It’s clear that there is a correlation between these schemes and staff retention if you can find the right solution for your workplace. If you haven’t incorporated flexible working into your policies yet, here are six reasons to do just that…

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By David Gee
Published: August 24, 2017

A third of employers are unhappy with graduate attitudes to work-are you?

From their supposed love of avocado toast to the apparent adhesive nature of their smartphones, millennials are no strangers to criticism. However, a startling new study has found that a third of employers are unhappy with graduate attitudes to work, naming their lack of resilience and self-management skills as their two main faults. But do you think millennials have a bad work ethic? 

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By David Gee
Published: August 14, 2017

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