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Getting the most out of university careers services

Getting the most out of university careers servicesDon't miss out on the opportunities your university careers service can offer.

Remember that most careers services are still available to you after you graduate, too.

CV feedback

A good CV is important if you want to get noticed, and expert one-to-one advice can make a big difference. There are plenty of companies that will review CVs for a price, but at a university careers service you can get the same thing for free. Some services will ask you to book a particular time, while others have drop-in sessions.

Job alerts

If you're looking for a job, you're probably signed up for plenty of job listings websites, but if your university careers service offers vacancy alerts it can be well worth signing up for these too. As well as broadening your search, you might be able to find less widely-advertised vacancies from employers connected to the university.

Events and workshops

Careers services run lots of events throughout the year, so keep an eye on the website or sign up for email alerts to make sure you don't miss out. Events include:

  • Careers fairs, where you can talk to employers about the opportunities they have for students and graduates
  • Industry specific sessions, where you can get information and advice about a particular area such as journalism or finance
  • Workshops to develop things like interview skills or CV writing

Psychometric test practice

During recruitment, some employers will test your thinking skills using written or online tests. While these shouldn't require too much preparation, practice can help to make sure that you know what to expect and can give it your best.

Careers services might offer online practice tests, or they might run occasional practice sessions with written tests. Because these are run in exam conditions and marked professionally, there might be a small extra charge for this.

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