Getting a Job Advice

Try, Try, Try Again

Hi there! Today I’ll be talking about the importance of not giving up. When things do get tough, such as trying to apply to Universities or Jobs whilst you’re at University, it can get tough. Especially when you may get rejections from places you thought would be good. However, it’s not the end of the world, or the end of the path of trying.

 
Before I got my IY placement I sent out a total of 17 CV’s, 15 covering letters and failed 10 employment tests. However, I did eventually find somewhere that was willing to take me on for a year just so I have the experience that regular University just wouldn’t give me.

 
It’s upsetting when you open your e-mails up and see the words “sorry, but on this occassion you have not gone through to the next stage” and yes, it ruins your morale for trying to get more applications sent off, but you will always eventually find somewhere that is willing to take you on for a go, just to see if you will be good enough for that company. All you have to do is keep trying and eventually you will get somewhere, and one day, a company will hire you and see just how good you actually are.

 
This can be said for everything however, just like J.K Rowling didn’t get her book published for ages, you may, like loads of people, not get a job instantly, but you can always try. Since, if you don’t try, then you never know.

 
Goodbye for now!
Conor ^-^

Getting a Job Advice

Go to career fairs!

Hi everyone, and welcome to my very first blog post (discounting the introductory/ obligatory welcome to my blog post).

So here is my first snippet of advice for when you’re looking for a job: go to career fairs. 

This piece of advice may seem self explanatory but it is something that I would advise you all to do. It is very easy to have a mindset where you think there is no point in going because the majority of jobs can be found on the Internet. And it is very easy not to bother, but I strongly encourage you to find some local career fairs and go.

Speaking from experience in the past few years, I have been to three career fairs: two at my local university, and one in a bigger city. The first time I went to a career fair in my first year I ended up talking to one company for a long time, and the following year I saw them again and handed them my CV (and I later got an Industrial Year with them).

So why should you go to a career fair?

Career fairs can help you find out more about local companies (if it’s in your local university) or bigger companies (if it’s in a bigger city). You also have the opportunity to talk to these companies to find out more about them and you can work out whether or not this company is the best fit for you.

And that’s all for now! -Kathryn.