I know there are countless websites dedicated to finding a job. But at the end of the day Twitter is my favourite. Not designed as a job hunting site, but in my opinion one of the best. Especially for the media jobs I’m looking for.
As we’re well into the social media age, it’s becoming easier and easier to find a job on sites you most likely visit every day for non-job hunting activities. In the mid-day sun of the social media age, nearly every company will have a Twitter account and the majority of them will be controlled by a person. A person who already has a job within the company you want to work for.
From my time being a Twitter job hunter I have devised three ways to use this social network for job hunting. Yes three, most actual job hunting sites only let you have one. Type in job/location and see what’s on offer. Twitter’s also really good to find one off jobs if you’re freelancing as well, something I’ve found to be difficult on job hunting sites.
The first one is for people who just want to see what jobs are floating round the twittersphere. Simply type in search words like you’d use on any job hunting site. Typing #job is a bit risky as the twittersphere spans not only counties, but countries. So be more location specific. It’s also advisable to know what industry you want to have a job in so you don’t have to sift through miles upon miles of tweets.
The second option is to follow users who feed is made up of job adverts. Many of these are job hunting websites. So at the end of the day you will still be applying through their website, but it’s useful for job hunting while on the go. Just favourite these tweets and you can apply for them at a more suitable time. The lovely people at Twitter will also give you some suggestions based on the job sites you’ve followed. Which is how I stumbled upon Inspiring Interns.
Way three is for people who know exactly what company they want to work for/ intern at and in what role. Within this there are a few ways to go about it. This is completely dependent upon the company. Firstly, read through the tweets to see if there are any jobs available. If they haven’t tweeted any recently have a nosey at their website, there might be something there. If there isn’t anything currently, you can always give them a quick tweet asking if they have any coming up. It’s always worth a try, and introduces you to them as an interested party. So if you do end up applying when a new post comes up they may remember you. Which is always good. I’ve found that many smaller companies list the Twitter handles of the people who contribute to the companies feed in their bio. It’s sometimes worth following the personal accounts of these people and even a good Twitter relationship with these people can be the deciding factor of getting an interview.
As mentioned before Twitter is fantastic for freelance and one off type jobs. Many of the companies I follow on Twitter are always looking for content for their blog and therefore guest bloggers. Which is brilliant for me as I love writing. And all these little bits I do get added to my portfolio which is helping me when I apply for jobs and also gives me, and my blog, a little more exposure.
Lucy is a film graduate from Falmouth University. She recently moved to London after a long stint in hospitality management and is currently a full-time blogger. She tweets from @zombielucy
This guest blog is written by Amy Wilson, who tells us her story of how an internship helped her into her dream career.
Job-hunting is never easy and knowing what you want to do is even harder. I now work in PR but to get here I’ve taken big financial hits, despised previous jobs and worked very hard! But I wouldn’t have got here if I hadn’t done an internship. Here’s my story:
I left university with a 2.2 in American Studies and no-one said it outright, but I know that the general feeling amongst my peers and I’m sure some of my family was that I would never get a job. The consensus was that you have to have a 2.1 these days, and if I’m honest, it really got on my nerves. Having a 2.1 is necessary for some career paths but definitely not for all of them. I wasn’t going to let my degree result hinder what I was going to do. Not knowing exactly what that was made job-hunting even tougher but I knew one thing for sure – my hometown Sheffield was not going to provide the answer. After endless rejected job applications for sales/admin/temp roles to get me on the payroll, I made the decision that I had to move to London.
Sifting through vacancies on the most prominent job search platforms I saw endless vacancies in recruitment. They only asked for a degree, paid well and allowed me to move to the Capital; it seemed like a great route to take. I applied to a graduate scheme with a large financial recruitment firm and after two trips down to London and an assessment day, I was offered a job.
Luckily, I had a friend with a flat where I could live temporarily so I packed my bags and moved to Bethnal Green. After no more than two weeks in the job, I realised that I hated it. This isn’t to say that everybody will hate recruitment because that just isn’t true. The prospects that a job in recruitment gives are great with opportunities to earn a well-above average salary, a structured career path, corporate benefits and more: for the right person I’m sure it could be great. But, for me it was just not right. I love communication, creativity, consumer brands, the media and being immersed in culture – a far cry from recruiting finance managers and payroll clerks. I was forced to stick with it for financial reasons and in a way I’m glad that I did. I experienced the corporate world and learnt a lot about client-facing work. But there was no way that I was sticking around doing something that I hated so I made a plan and emailed literally hundreds of media companies.
At this point I didn’t know that I wanted to be in PR, so anything and everything that differed from my role at the time was on the list. After a couple of long weeks contacting agencies, I was offered an internship at a food and drink PR company. After a lot of careful saving and a meeting with the bank, I handed in my notice at my recruitment job and began the internship.
Immediately it felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I was interacting with like-minded people, using social media, working with food and drink brands, being creative and constantly connecting with the media. I loved it. My internship varied all the time and covered a huge range of fascinating things. My tick-boxes for what I wanted from work? I could tick them all. After interning for a few months I was offered a job and haven’t looked back since. It’s been a massive learning curve and I’ve been given amazing opportunities.
If I hadn’t taken on an internship there is no way that I would be where I am today. The majority of industries are moving towards internships as the way into their world due to the abundance of people applying for jobs without relevant experience. As far as I can tell, companies want to see what you’ve got to offer them before they offer you a job. If you don’t (like me) have financial help, you might have to work in something you hate for the short term to facilitate getting this experience, but, trust me, it’s worth it! I’m almost certain that you’ll appreciate where you end up more when you’ve got there from your own doing.
What to do when you’re interning:
• Make yourself indispensable
• Be alert, helpful, thorough and proactive – go above and beyond your role
• Show your enthusiasm – but not too much! Love everything you do but we all know it’s rubbish packaging 200 gift bags – do it without complaining and be humble
• Go to anything you’re invited to and get involved
• Speak to people in your agency – the chances are that colleagues will have worked in other
PR companies and they can talk to previous colleagues making them aware of you
• Have fun!
PR industry tips
• Read, read, read! Newspapers, blogs, magazines, online – familiarise yourself with journalists, columns and trends
• Be active on Twitter – follow inspirational and informative people as well as tweeting yourself – interact with the right people
Good luck and don’t give up!
We all know that the transformation from university to job is not an easy one – it is one of the biggest concerns faced by the twenty-somethings of today that have attended uni. Even bigger than your GCSEs, and your A-levels, and your final year exams. The final hurdle in the long obstacle course of life! For now, anyway.
One of the initial problems grads are faced with is trying to determine the career path to take. All those without a career plan or graduate scheme already in place are left with the mind-boggling decision of deciding what industry they’d be most suited to. After near enough 20 years of hand-held education, this can be pretty overwhelming. When discussing this issue over lunch the other day, post-graduate uncertainty turned out to be a shared feeling within the Inspiring team.
When looking at our HR team for example, (granted they’re a bunch of delightful ladies) their degrees are a pretty mixed bag. Our HR manager, Helen, knew HR was the path for her, choosing to study Labour, Organisational Psychology & Human Resource Management at the University of Cape Town (quite the mouthful). The rest of the team studied various subjects across the country…
Danielle reading Geography at the University of Southampton
Annie studying French and Russian at Nottingham
Nicola with a degree in Sociology from the University of Exeter
This theme of diversity is emulated within our account management team…
Katy studied English at Exeter
Alice spent 3 years in Bristol learning about Theology and Religious Studies
Christina studied Human Resource Management at the University of Hertfordshire
Their client services manager, Louise, read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Manchester
Another significant realisation is that throughout our marketing, sales, business development and finance departments, there is no correlation between degrees and job titles, bar one individual (me) who studied Business and Marketing Management. Language related degrees are a big feature in these departments with our marketing boys reading French and Hispanic Studies at Nottingham and German at Bristol, not forgetting our head of biz dev who read French and Spanish at UCL. Our fantastic finance manager, Miranda’s tops the charts with the biggest transformation from her degree in Biology and Management Studies.
So, it would seem that despite all those initial fears and doubt we all seem to have done pretty well! The key to thing to take away from this is reassurance in the fact that your degree field does not have to determine the direction you take post-university. Granted some sectors will have set prerequisites for entry, but this is not the case for all.
Take PR for example: a university qualification in this field is not a requirement for entry into this sector at most companies. The same goes for careers in sales where naturally, any form of business-related qualifications will equip you with an in-depth understanding of how companies operate. Ultimately, this is not essential and there are other qualifications allowing you to get a foothold in such competitive industries.
Instead, focus on the skills and attributes you have developed in during your time at university. Spoken communication skills developed in relevant modules, a demonstrable interest in your sector of interest, illustrating how your strong degree in your chosen area, coupled with your experience, has allowed you to enhance the your skillset; these are the factors that employers will be looking for, as demonstrated in many of our internship vacancies.
By Hannah Roberts
Events present a platform of opportunity, whatever their purpose the possibilities that come as a result of attending can be endless. Over the past few months we at Inspiring have attended our fair share events. We attend events to spread the word of Inspiring to a broader spectrum of companies and industries in the hope of getting more great internships, as well as to introduce our services to the growing pool of candidates out there. Both play an equally significant role in getting more young people into jobs, helping organisations find great new employees and, of course, allowing Inspiring Interns to continue growing.
For those of you undertaking an internship, events are a great learning opportunity for you to grasp. If your company is attending an event, why not ask if you could go along and help to represent them. Not only does it provide you with the opportunity develop your communication skills but it’s a brilliant chance to gain exposure to another aspect of real working life.
Whether you’re a student, a graduate or an intern representing your company, the purpose of attending an event is simple: to network and publicise your product or service. As an intern, improving your networking skills is perhaps the most valuable exercise. Perfecting this art takes practise but once achieved can act as your key to boundless connections and prospects.
Your manner is the first point to consider. A personable individual that’s seen as approachable is what you’re aiming for. Getting the balance between the confidence to talk to others and avoiding being overly self-assured is key. Coupling this balance with the aesthetic elements of a warm smile and firm hand shake will complete your approach.
Start by introducing yourself with your name and a brief explanation of why you’re there, and then follow with a demonstrable interest in the person/company. If you’ve heard of them before, mention it. If you’re unsure of exactly what they do, ask them. Doing so will help to engage the other party. Bringing something different to the conversation is an effective way of leaving a lasting impression. That doesn’t mean to say cheesy jokes or risqué remarks are necessary; you’re aiming for a memorable yet positive exchange.
Demonstrating proactivity is another quality that will work in your favour. It’s likely that as a student, grad or intern you won’t have a business card of your own (if you do, great!) but this doesn’t mean to say you cannot ask for another person’s. If this is not a viable option, simply make a note of their details; name, company and job title, and email where possible. This can then be followed up a day or two later with a LinkedIn request or email recapping your meeting, highlighting anything you discussed or want to discuss further and expressing how you enjoyed meeting them/learning about their company etc.
For those final year students and recent graduates that are on the internship/job hunt, we recommend keeping an eye on up-and-coming graduate-related events. Over the next few weeks there’s the National Graduate Recruitment Exhibition (8th and 9th November) in Birmingham’s NEC bringing graduates face-to-face with top employers. Plus there’s the next instalment of the magnificent Silicon Milkroundabout weekender being held on the 16th and 17th November at Brick Lane’s The Old Truman Brewery. A perfect opportunity to meet and network with some of the coolest tech start-ups in the Capital and the chance to see some of our lovely faces – hopefully see you there!
We know it can be tough as a graduate. It’s not easy working out what to do after uni; it’s even harder then trying to find the right job. Which is why we’re delighted to share something extra special with you: the launch of our exclusive Recruitment Training Workshop. Forget applying for jobs you’re only half-interested in, come along to our two-day programme that will give you the opportunity to receive (free) comprehensive training in a lucrative, rewarding business. In just one weekend you’ll find out if it’s the right industry for you and if you have what it takes you’ll be in interviews within a day or two and started your new career within a week. Sound like a plan? Good.
Of course, opportunities like this don’t get handed to you on a plate. We’re looking for star graduates and second jobbers to be a part of this unique course. We want to see hungry candidates, people who want to get stuck in and be rewarded for hard work. You’re bright and articulate, and want to start earning decent money. This weekend will be your golden stepping-stone, bridging the gap that so many are stuck trying to cross.
The workshop low down
It’s all pretty simple. Successful applicants will be invited to attend the workshop on the weekend of the 26th and 27th October. You’ll gain extensive training in everything from what makes people tick to the art of persuasion. Those that impress over the course of the weekend will have the opportunity to interview with multiple companies that work across finance, IT, legal and media recruitment on the following Monday and Tuesday. If all goes well you could be in a rewarding, well-paid job within a week. Madness!
Basic salaries for entry-level recruitment roles typically start at £18-20,000 with the opportunity to earn significant commission, taking overall (on-target) earnings up to around £35-45k in your first year alone.
The workshop will provide you with the following:
• A straight-up insight into what a job and career in recruitment is actually like.
• You’ll be taught about the huge variety of companies that operate in this market, from high growth start-ups to global giants; we’ll give you an overview that’ll help you find your place in this £26 billion UK market.
• We’ll teach you all the secret tekkers practised by some of the country’s leading head-hunters: how to approach and engage with anyone at any level; how to quickly and easily build trusting relationships with almost anyone; how to develop the ability to control and influence anyone in any situation.
• You’ll learn about advanced social media search techniques that will allow you to locate unique, hard-to-find candidates, giving you a competitive advantage in any market.
• Getting past the interview stage in recruitment is hard; getting the right job is even harder. This is a brilliant opportunity to find out exactly what it takes to be a successful recruitment consultant and to help you decide if you are that person.
How to get involved:
1. Submit an application to us via this page.
2. Places are limited, so every application will be put through a thorough selection process allowing us to determine whether you’re a suitable candidate.
3. Successful candidates will then be invited to attend the workshop gaining the opportunity to learn and develop skills that will benefit you in your job search and that you will be able to use in a variety of jobs and careers.
4. Those that demonstrate that they have what it takes to pursue a career in recruitment will then have the opportunity to interview with potential employers in the days following the workshop.
5. We will guide you through the interview and offer process, the rest is down to you!
Not everyone that attends the workshop will be suitable for a career in recruitment, but finding that out is part of the process. If we feel you may not be suitable for this industry, we’ll advise on other careers your talents should pursue and where possible set you up with interviews with relevant companies.
So if you think you’ve got what it takes to turbo-charge your career, get your application in ASAP!
By Hannah Roberts
Internships and job opportunities within ad operations are rife. It’s a job market that continues to prosper despite the unstable state of today’s economy. With a steady increase in entry-level opportunities, ad operations represents an attractive career path for the graduates of today to consider. Here at Inspiring we’re very familiar with the ins and outs of the role but often find that grads fresh out of university don’t fully appreciate what is involved in advertising operations positions. In order to ensure you grasp these fruitful opportunities with both hands, we’ve put together a little break down of exactly what “ad operations” is…
Ad operations refers to the processes and systems that support the sale and delivery of online advertising, focusing on the software systems and workflow processes used to sell, create, serve, target and analyse the performance of online ads.
Digital advertising refers to the online communication of promotions and marketing covering ads on Google, on websites, on your mobile phone and also on emails. Such advertisements are a method of generating revenue for the content providers (normally companies with healthy budgets).
Ad operations are usually represented by an individual department that exists either within an advertising agency, an ad network, an ad technology provider (such as Rocket Fuel) or a digital content publisher (check out zmags). These teams can be made up of a series of diverse roles from coordinators and campaign managers to technical operations and accounts management. Other department responsibilities can include research, ad product creation, client management and ensuring the ad servers/technology systems run smoothly. The responsibilities of an ad operations team is ultimately dependent on the type of the business and how it is structured. With such a diverse range of roles, ad operations can appeal to people with analytical skills, technical skills, management skills, you name it!
You can check out all our latest advertising related career opportunities right here.
Congratulations! The hard work has paid off and you’ve successfully managed to bag yourself the internship of your dreams (or near enough). Here to ensure that this is the start of something truly special; our ten commandments of being an intern.
1. Do your homework
As with most things in life, preparation is key. Ensure you’ve done your background reading on not only the industry and the company but your position; the tasks you’re likely to be learning about and the activities you’re likely to be involved in. The original internship specification should be a good point of reference for this, if there’s a term on there you haven’t come across before; research it. If your position is in any way related to marketing, ensure you’ve familiarised yourself with the company’s social platforms and overall brand. Any evidence of putting in the groundwork prior to your arrival on your first day will be warmly welcomed by your employer.
2. Make a strong professional impression
First impressions count. Make sure you greet everyone with a confident hand shake and smile, maintain eye contact and introduce yourself to anyone you haven’t met. You should have got a good idea of appropriate office attire from your interview, but if in doubt always opt for the smarter option. Simple things such as arriving on time every day and keeping your work station tidy will help to portray you in a positive light too.
3. Ask questions
If there’s something you’re unsure about, ask. It’s far better to ask for help on something than to sit twiddling your thumbs. Actively seeking help will also demonstrate your readiness to learn, thus contribute to that overall positive impression.
4. Make yourself indispensable
Don’t just wait for work to be handed to you; if you’ve not got anything to do ask your mentor if there’s something that you can assist with. If there’s another area of the company you think you could contribute to, offer. No matter how small and insignificant, even something as simple as answering a ringing phone can make an impact. This is particularly relevant with start-up companies who often favour a hands-on attitude in candidates.
5. Get involved
Building a strong relationship with your team and colleagues is essential. Making an effort to attend out-of-hours events and being sociable in and around the office will help to establish you within the team, reinforcing the impression that you’re someone they wouldn’t want to let go.
6. Demonstrate commitment
Openly seeking alternative work will only reflect badly on you. This is not to say that you shouldn’t keep your options open; but if you are, be discreet about it. Although you won’t find it listed in ‘ideal candidate qualities’, loyalty is an attribute that will take you far. Similarly, if you are enjoying the role show this to your employers, demonstrate commitment in any way you can; there is always the potential of a full- time position.
Not just with your team, but with the connections and company affiliates that you come across during your internship. Introduce yourself, do your best to make a positive impact and follow up with a connection at a later date, either via LinkedIn or Twitter. You never know when such contacts may come in handy.
8. Remember your purpose
The purpose of an internship is for you to learn and gain hands-on industry experience in your area of interest. One of the best ways of learning is through feedback. If your employer isn’t readily providing you with this, give them a nudge. Taking on board feedback from employers will only help to develop you and your overall performance; take note of constructive criticism and think of ways to improve from it.
9. Speak up
Ensuring you get the most out of your internship is key. If, for whatever reason, you don’t feel like you’re benefiting as much as you could from the experience or the internship is not matching what you had agreed with the organisation; say something. If you’re really not enjoying your position, you are under no obligation to stay. Don’t waste your time by staying in a role that is not going to further your career.
10. Parting ways
The important thing to keep at the forefront of your mind throughout your internship is that you get out of the experience only what you put in. What you take away at the end of the three months will be a reflection of your efforts. Hopefully this will be in the form of a job offer but if you’re not successful in this, that doesn’t mean to say doors have not been opened. You’ll be provided with a reference (it’s also worth asking if they mind providing you with a LinkedIn recommendation that will be visible in your profile for potential employers) which will only support your future applications. Parting on a positive note and thanking your company for the experience is essential, securing the foundations for a future relationship. Taking a creative approach such as blogging about your experience and what you learnt is an inventive way of not only giving a nod to the company but also a great way of demonstrating what skills you’ve gained to potential employers.
This article was provided by Jenna Smith, a US-based blogger. Jenna provides her views on how interns can build and maintain their online brand!
For candidates entering the workforce for the first time, competition is steep. Other job seekers are sometimes over qualified for basic positions you may be applying for. Employers also have greater access to your personal information through a Google search which is why your online presence has become part of good career advice for new employees.
Questionable content on your social media profiles, or a lack of content at all suggest that you are lax about your image and won’t be responsible for the company image either. You can take more control over your presence in the search engine by learning some of the rules associated with search and how users find what they want.
Analyse your presence
Beyond searching your name, look for potential mismatches that the search engine may think of as you. Brand.com also recommends that you look at the volatility of the search engine response page, and create a plan that may use weekly or monthly changes to implement. Sometimes you need to adjust your brand by adopting your middle name or encoding location data into your website to differentiate you by geography.
Suggested terms can lead employers to potentially harmful corners of the web you may not have anticipated either. One of the best things you can do to counter a negative presence on the web is to be more proactive about your own.
Create a bio
An aesthetically pleasing home page with clear messaging goes a long way. Video statements and photo slideshows all help exhibit who you are and what you can bring to a potential employer. You can code personal information, like awards and affiliations that apply to you with schemas, which makes it easier for a search engine to read and interpret.
Perform a search for yourself and look for positive achievements that you have gained over time. The attendance award in high school shows that you are respectful of your time and employers. Coupled with a great GPA or some guest posting about productivity habits and you’re painting yourself out to be a candidate who cares about his work.
Establish social media profiles for yourself outside of Twitter and Facebook. That means that you have to work at posting content, so here is a small list of places you can visit where you can find interesting content to show to your social networks:
Searching these sites for keywords related to your niche or your interests will almost always yield something worth showing off to your audience.
Keep a blog
Add commentary to the links you find, the same as you would for a blog comment, but post it from your own page; cite sources and provide some original commentary. If you phrase it properly and do some keyword targeting you can create short posts that can get passed around on social media. You’ll increase keyword rankings, social media presence and organic traffic.
Don’t limit your blog to your niche, take time to write posts about topics that you are interested in. Use in-depth research that is hard to find, and craft posts longer than 500 words that give lots of quotations and link to authority websites. The more expertise you offer to the community, the more organic traffic you are likely to receive.
Your CV: a golden ticket to the career of your dreams. A summary of yourself on one or two short pages. A written sales pitch, with a 10-20 second window of potential attention from the reader. That’s 10-20 seconds in which to impress.
This week Inspiring held their very own Google+ #gradhangout, covering all sorts of careers advice. It’s no surprise that CV tips and techniques were a big feature, which is why I thought I’d take this opportunity to delve a little deeper into this topic, bringing you the very best CV advice in town. And remember, if you missed us on Wednesday, relax! We’ve uploaded the video to our YouTube channel, so you can watch it back as many times as you want, whenever you want.
Kicking things off with the most important factor: relevance. The key when writing your CV is making sure it’s relevant to the roles you’re applying for. There is no specific rule on which comes first on your CV; experience or education. The best approach is to ensure what makes you most relevant to the employer is what they see first. It’s likely that if you’re a recent graduate your most applicable feature will be your degree. However, it is possible that you may have more relevant work experience that should be brought to the reader’s attention. For example, you’re a graduate looking to get into the marketing industry and your degree is in a science related field, but you have work placement experience where you gained an insight into social media. Clearly, here your work experience should feature above your degree. It’s this that links you directly to the field you’re applying for and gives reasoning for your interest and desire to work in this sector. Similarly, if, as part of your degree, you have gained a year’s industry experience, this is something that should feature as an high up on your CV, drawing in the reader with all that you gained.
Although experience and qualifications are fundamental, your personality is a factor that shouldn’t be overlooked. It is important to get this across to the reader; to give them a feel for the type of person you are; for them to feel like you have written it and not someone else. This allows them to decide whether they would like to meet with you and ultimately, whether you’d be suited to their company.
Differentiating yourself from the crowd isn’t easy when all you have is a couple of pages of text to work with. Ensuring your content is perfect is your best bet. The use of evidence to support your strengths and skills comes highly recommended from our HR team. Steer clear of bland, general statements such as “team player”, “good communication skills”. Instead support each factor with evidence; if you’re a team player explain where you honed these skills. Maybe through volunteer work or participation in university societies? Incorporate the use of numbers into your achievements and experience. If you were presenting to a crowd, how big was the crowd? If you exceeded your targets, by how much did you do so?
In terms of hard and fast rules, it’s all basic common sense. First and foremost: spelling and grammar. Quite simply, ensure it’s perfect. The most minor of mistakes can instantly alter an employer’s impression, with many feeling mistakes demonstrate a lack of attention to detail and professionalism. Keep your paragraphs short. It’s common knowledge that large blocks of text can result in the reader losing interest. Instead, use bullet points. These break down your skills and strengths into impactful facts. Avoid the use of full sentences when it comes to bullets; begin each with a verb i.e. ‘Presented to’, ‘Trained people’, ‘Committed to’, as opposed to ‘I have presented’, ‘I trained’, ‘I am committed’. The use of action words will help highlight the fundamental part to your point.
As well as content, consider layout and format. The use of links to websites, online portfolios, blogs and even examples of previous work projects is becoming increasing popular with candidates and is welcomed by employers. Avoid the use of ghastly colours. Keep the font consistent throughout; there should be nothing that distracts the reader from the content. Never exceed the two page limit, particularly if you’re a candidate straight out of university. In terms of document formats, generally Word or PDF is your safest bet. Keep your experience and qualifications at the forefront, and follow with your personal interests. Although not as significant, this section is not to be overlooked. This is your opportunity to express a little about yourself. Your personal attributes and passions can also be a great point of conversation in interviews.
Finally, consider creating a video CV; they’re Inspiring’s speciality! If you don’t already know about them, this will explain all. And for more CV dos and don’ts check out JobZoo’s brilliant infographic!
From the minute you arrive at university, fellow students will be panicking about what to do when they finish. Summers are spent trying to get the best internships and secure a graduate job to move seamlessly into the minute you graduate. But what if there was another option?
I’ve never exactly been sure of what I wanted to do after university. Everyone seems to follow a similar route from A-levels to a degree and maybe a bit of travelling in between. The prospect of trying to find internships over my summers was daunting because it’s hard to know what exactly to apply for when you don’t know what sector to start with. They say that to find a job you love is a difficult thing to do, so I created a job for myself!
With the post gap year travel blues in tow, I spent the summer before I started university researching and setting up my business lovekimono. I’d fallen in love with the beautiful kimono style dressing gowns I’d seen in South East Asia and saw an opportunity to start something I felt passionate about. When I graduate next summer I hope to run the business full time, but at the very least I’ve gained a great deal of knowledge about the online retail world as well as my own strengths and weaknesses.
As a graduate, or indeed undergraduate, you will no doubt have a wealth of skills and knowledge of specific areas and there’s no reason why you can’t ‘cash in’ on these. When you work for yourself there’s more incentive to work your way up, because everything you do reflects on your business and therefore your income. It’s a cycle that can be pretty adrenaline-boosting, and there’s nothing more satisfying than getting paid for doing something you love and created.
Working for yourself isn’t for everyone, but neither are graduate jobs. So before you embark on the mass applications alongside thousands of others, there might be an opportunity out there for you to start something that you feel truly passionate about.
Camilla Sheppard is a 22 year old Hispanic Studies student at Kings College London and founder of lovekimono.com, an online retail store selling ladies kimono-style robes as an affordable and chic alternative to the traditional dressing gown. You can follow her company on Facebook and Twitter @lovekimonouk!