Most graduate employers have a list of the skills, personal qualities, knowledge and experience they hope to find in candidates and the recruitment process is your opportunity to provide evidence of these. Careful preparation is essential and Careers Network provides resources, presentations and events on all stages of the recruitment process to give you the best possible start, as well as offering individual advice on CVs, application and interview techniques and employer tests.
The secret to any successful application (and interview) is doing your background research before you start. By reading the vacancy carefully, learning about the organisation and exploring the role, industry and sector, you will be more effective at targeting your applications. Learning about skills employers seek will help you to identify your strengths and evidence the relevant ones. Work out your unique selling points (USPs) and use positive action words to make a more powerful impact, online and in person.
If you have a disability you may wish to make the employer aware and enquire about potential reasonable adjustments for the application process. Read more on our Supporting disabled students page.
To help you review and self-assess your own applications and performance, we have developed the following frameworks:
- CV Framework
- Covering Letter Framework
- LinkedIn Framework
- Application Form Framework
- Interview Framework
- Assessment Centre (Group Exercise) Framework
- PG Personal Statement Framework
Having reviewed your documents or performance against the relevant framework, you can then book an appointment to discuss it with a member of the Careers Network team, who can provide you with some feedback and support you with your next steps.
For further help with making applications click on the relevant link below.