How to beat the stats and land a job – 10 top tips from a recent graduate

Following on from last week’s post on why graduates should ditch graduate schemes in favour of more attainable options, this week I’ve invited Amy Burton, a recent graduate, to share the secrets and strategies that helped her to land her first job – just one month after graduating. [GUEST POST by Amy Burton] In the three...

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Don’t waste your time on graduate schemes (here’s what you should be doing instead)

Sep 11, 12 Don’t waste your time on graduate schemes (here’s what you should be doing instead)

Posted by in Blog, Employment, Graduates, University

Earlier this week I received a phone call from a mother who wanted me to prepare CVs and application forms for her two children that would guarantee them success on graduates schemes. One of the bright young sparks wanted a position in investment banking and the other a more abstract role in humanities. I explained to mum that...

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How to land a job within six months of graduation

Let’s be honest, the job market isn’t looking too good right now for graduates if the official figures are anything to go by. 1 in 5 graduates are still jobless six months after graduation; the same ratio are making do with part time jobs, while the overall number in voluntary or unpaid roles have also risen. For those who do...

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The “gradpreneurs” are coming…

  Okay, I must confess my naivety to begin with. A few weeks ago I was twittering away in a conversation about predicting job trends for 2012 (following my Guardian Careers podcast recording). I said, we’re going to see more young people starting businesses, not just young people, but graduates – in fact, 2012 will be the...

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Job market predictions for 2012

I was invited to the Guardian Careers office last week to share my predictions on what I think the job market will look like for graduates in 2012 (scroll down to listen to the podcast). There are three main areas I believe we will see a rise of not just for graduates, but for jobseekers as a whole: 1) “Upside down CVs” With an...

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