…from an employer. Maybe at first glance you’d think it was from a friend of yours. No one in particular, but it’s how we write emails when we aren’t concentrating properly and when we are feeling laid back. But if it came from a potential employer would you then want to work for them?
Chances are probably not but the sense of professionalism we’d expect from them is something we don’t always follow ourselves. Do we. And employers notice the hastily written, misspelt, over friendly email. And did you know that at chartered accountancy firm Moore Stephens the interviewers of grads are given copies of all correspondence between you and them up to that point of interview. Not just your cv and cover letter. Makes you think, doesn’t it.
The only person in complete control of your personal brand is you. It’s competitive out there.
In today’s news a teacher has been lambasted for sending an email to parents littered with spelling and grammatical errors. The article makes clear the poor impression this made on the parents in question. It struck a chord with me because I often receive emails from students and grads with similar errors. I assume the mindset is “It’s only an email” and when it comes to cvs, cover letters and application forms they’d get this right.
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On the evening of December 14th PwC‘s Uxbridge Office would like to extend an invite to join them for an open evening where you’ll get the chance to meet and mingle with partners and recent graduate recruits – all of them ready to give you honest, straightforward answers to your questions. In the process, you’ll pick up crucial insights into what your talent and commitment can bring – such as graduate training that gives you breadth and depth of knowledge, support to gain a professional qualification, and the chance to work with different teams and offices. This is one invitation you shouldn’t pass up.
Location: The Atrium, 1 Harefied Road, Uxbridge.
Please sign-up online at pwc.com/uk/careers/
I’ve only just got round to listening to this graduate careers podcast from late August and I’m glad I finally did get round to it. A great range of panelists, phonecalls and stories from actual graduates and I’m sure within this programme there’s something you take away from it that either reassures you, inspires you or you recognise yourself in. You’ll also hear a certain amount of the things that I keep on (and will keep on) banging on about concerning the realities of job and career hunting as a graduate. See how many you pick up on.
I must take my hat off to The Guardian’s careers forums. They’re consistently relevant. I’ve been reading through their latest one on Working for a Top Graduate Employer. Reps from Channel 4, Unilever, Proctor & Gamble, PwC, Saatchi & Saatchi, Penguin, and Savills are answering questions. In amidst the inevitable plugs for their own schemes there’s some really powerful advice coming through, some of which will sound familiar from my own blog posts! Really practical. Whether you’re looking to apply to small, medium sized or big organisations.
As promised. Turned into a really interesting 7 page (!) discussion. Panel was a mixture of graduate recruitment managers (Centrica, Grant Thornton), careers consultants with real world experience, the chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), and specialist graduate recruitment consultants.
Nice person that I am I thought I’d break it down in to a more digestible size for you. Read here. It’s Continue reading
You’ve already read my thoughts on the recent survey released by the Association of Graduate Recruiters. Here’s the perspective of a significant member of the Accountancy industry. It’s a very useful website they’ve got as well, particularly the career sections and blog. Essential reading for the budding accountants out there.
Adding more to a recent post of mine, the Association of Graduate Recruiters are hosting a debate today amongst employers on the value they place on applicants with Masters degrees. Watch this space. I’ll let you know the main things that emerge from this.
Based on interviews held with real life Brunel final years in March/April 2010. Responded to by an experienced graduate recruiter. WATCH HERE.
Soon to appear on Brunel’s YouTube channel.
Had my latest get together with my mole on the inside of the graduate recruiters’ world. Their key messages to you from the recruiters you’re sending applications to are as follows:
- Look beyond the media messages of doom and gloom in the graduate job market. Significant numbers of graduate vacancies actually went unfilled in 2009 and they Continue reading