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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

5 ways international students can effectively use this year′s holiday season

Christmas is fast approaching and while most thoughts turn to festive food and seeing friends and family, there are some simple ideas that can set you up for the year ahead. By using your time constructively and taking on a few of these tips, you can enjoy your Christmas knowing that you've also made some progress on getting yourself ready for a job at the end of university.

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By Jen Garmston
Published: December 07, 2018

How international students can use the skills gap to get a graduate job today

The skills gap may be something you’ve heard of when employers talk about recruiting new graduates, but what does that mean in relation to your job prospects? Whether you’ve graduated already or are still studying, the skills gap is pivotal to understanding how to meet the expectations of employers. The skills gap is the difference between what employers want their employees to be able to do and what employees can actually do. The way to bridge this gap is to understand what they’re looking for so you’re prepared with the relevant skills.  This is something you can start thinking about from the start of your university career and add to as you begin searching for your graduate role.

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By Jen Garmston
Published: November 26, 2018

Could a new Onboarding strategy help you retain new hires?

Finding new employees can be a long process, there’s nothing more frustrating than spending weeks searching through CVs, organising interviews and signing contracts to find that your new starter is ready to leave the company after a short time in their role. In many cases, this can be avoided with a strong onboarding process to retain new talent. Hr software company Bamboo HR report that “31% of people have left a job within the first six months, with 68% of those departing within three months. For many new employees, it seems the first three months at an organisation are the most precarious”. With this in mind, we’ve had a look at how you can keep hold of new hires.

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By Jen Garmston
Published: November 16, 2018

International students: How to get noticed by graduate employers this Autumn

At this point in the academic year, your thoughts may be focussed towards your upcoming break over Christmas, but don’t forget it’s also the perfect time to think about how to show how employable you are. Preparation is key for international students in particular, but rather than a hindrance, try to use this to your advantage. By understanding what your options are early on, you will expand your choices. We’ve put these ideas together to ensure that when you reach your final year, you’ll get noticed by the employers you’re interested in working for.

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By Jen Garmston
Published: November 01, 2018

International students, how to impress on your first day of work and beyond

After all your hard work, you’ve secured your first professional role- congratulations! It can be both an exciting and daunting time as you start this next stage in your career. In order to make a good impression and show the value you bring, we’ve put together some ideas for how to prepare for your new role and impress your employer.

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By Jen Garmston
Published: October 19, 2018

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