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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

How international students can tackle off the wall interview questions

When it comes to practicing your interview technique, there are many steps you can take, but sometimes interview panels ask obscure questions that are hard to prepare for. Common examples include, “If you were an animal, what would you be?” Or “If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?” If the job you have applied for is competency based, then you should be able to think of some practice questions based on the job description. Some companies however, like to keep you on your toes and see how you react when put under pressure. They ask these off the wall questions to test you, but how should you react?

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By Jen Garmston
Published: May 15, 2018

How international students can find a graduate role in Canada

Canada is fast becoming a top employment destination for many looking for roles across the globe and it’s not hard to see why. Aside from the variety and beauty Canada’s landscapes and cities have to offer, the country’s laws mean that they are more inviting to accommodate foreign workers. Depending on your industry, you may or may not need a work permit but to be sure, check the information on the government’s website. There is even a tool to help you determine if a work visa is appropriate on the Government of Canada’s website.

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By Jen Garmston
Published: May 08, 2018

The LinkedIn profile updates you should make today

Often referred to as ‘Facebook for business’, LinkedIn is so much more than that. According to LinkedIn’s Global Recruiting Trends Report 2017, 40% of those companies surveyed said that they use social professional networks to find new hires. There are over 40 million students and recent graduates on Linkedin so it’s more important than ever to have a high-quality profile. Here are five essentials to include that will help you stand out from the crowd…

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By Jen Garmston
Published: April 18, 2018

Why resilience is the key quality international students need to find a graduate job

 

Job hunting comes with its challenges, and as an international student, there are a lot of factors to consider. It can be a balancing act, juggling studying while looking for new positions and applying for jobs. We’ve found the best advice we’ve received is that resilience is key. By adopting this skill during your job search, you will provide yourself with the tools to recover from any possible setbacks and keep the motivation to keep going for that star role. Not only will resilience aid your career hunt but set you up for challenges in the workplace. So, how can you make yourself more resilient?

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By Jen Garmston
Published: March 19, 2018

Could virtual interviews diversify your workforce?

Virtual Interviews are becoming increasingly popular for global brands, but should more companies be investing in them? Virtual interviews are digital or video interviews which allow companies to hire without meeting the candidate in person. This method is particularly useful at the start of the hiring process as it makes screening applicants a quicker and cheaper process but what else can it bring?

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By David Gee
Published: March 19, 2018

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