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8 Ways to Boost Your CV at University

It can be a daunting prospect thinking about life after University. In amongst all the other pressures of university life, particularly the hard study of third year, focusing on graduate jobs tends to drop quite far down the pecking order

But it needn't be so stressful. There's plenty of small and medium commitments you can integrate into your university life to prepare yourself for the big wide world. You may even find that you're doing plenty already!

What's important is that you know how to position your activities to put yourself in the most favourable light. Let's get under way with...

Get a part time job

It may be that you have more pressing financial concerns for starting the job search early. While you may feel like a coffee shop job or spending weekends pulling pints isn't embellishing your CV at all, it can actually be a huge boost provided you know how to spin it.

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Five Ways to Prepare For Your MBA

Heather Baker is founder and CEO of TopLine Comms, an integrated communications and video agency based in London. An award-winning business blogger and proud dog owner, she is active within the UK chapter of the Entrepreneur’s Organisation and has previously served as its President and Communications Chair.

Heather holds an MBA from London Business School and an MA from the University of Cape Town. 

The MBA (Masters of Business Administration) has long been considered a must-have for anyone looking to run a business. I can’t speak to whether or not the qualification is essential, but – having started my company two years before beginning the degree – I can say with some confidence that it helps. 

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Seven Best Questions to Ask in Your Interview

 

Looking for graduate jobs can be hard, and finding the right one is important for you and your employer. At Inspiring Interns we’re constantly asking graduates and businesses questions so we can match them perfectly – and it’s essential you ask questions too when being interviewed. Asking your potential employer the right questions tells you much more about the company than googling, plus it highlights your thinking style and is bound to impress.

 

These are the seven best questions to ask in a job interview to get the job:

What is the most important goal that needs to be accomplished in the first 60 days in this role?

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Top 10 Interview Tips

You’ve got interviews for graduate jobs, fantastic! Now you need to make sure you make the most of it. These top 10 interview tips will help you excel.

 

1. Prepare, prepare, prepare

Doing research is key to succeeding in your interview. Before you can sell to the interviewer how your personality and skills fit with the company and the role you need to understand a number of things: what the company does; what the position you are interviewing for entails; and who your interviewer is.

 

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Seven Reasons Your CV was Ignored

If you’re reading this you’re probably at the stage where you’re on the lookout for graduate jobs and are firing out CVs left, right and centre. Here are a few things to consider from the eyes of a recruiter.

 

1. You didn’t sell yourself

A CV shouldn’t just be a piece of paper with a few stats and contact details, you need to sell yourself. Boast about where you believe you really stand out. It doesn’t have to be charity work or public speaking; think about instances from your course. Did you consistently get work in early? Were you top of your class? Include it.

 

2. You overused the business mumbo-jumbo

Knowing what you’re talking about is always an advantage if it’s relevant to the job you’re applying for, but knowing when to hold back is another skill entirely. Don’t encumber your CV with phrases like: ‘command and leverage the businesses personnel to meaningfully navigate a pressing company project’. What does that even mean?

 

3. You were too generic

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