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Graduate weapons for attacking the job hunt – graphic and web design

With over 300,000 students graduating last year and a larger figure anticipated to do so this summer, knowing how to make yourself stand out from the crowd will be your golden key to success. For the benefit of those who have not caught the previous episodes, the graduate weapons are a series of blogs designed to take on the key industries that you graduates are aiming to break into and provide you with insider tips on what the Inspiring team look for in the greatest of candidates for these roles. This week I delve into the design sector, analysing both web and graphic career paths.

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Graduate weapons for attacking the job hunt – human resources

Tackling industries head-on in a bid to breakdown and identify the star characteristics that will help you graduates on the prosperous path to career success; this week the graduate weapons takes on human resources. With greater importance being laid on the implementation of correct and effective HR protocol in businesses worldwide, it’s an element increasingly recognised as integral part of any organisation; a department that is firmly seated around the boardroom table, contributing to the development of a company’s strategy. It doesn’t stop there; HR touches every industry bringing endless career opportunities for graduates to seize. Now let’s take a look at how best to do it…

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Graduate weapons for attacking the job hunt – sales

Are you the type of person that can walk into a bar and talk to a total stranger? If so, sales could be the career for you. It is, however, a term that almost has a negative ring to it and I agree, there are a lot of negative perceptions surrounding the industry. I for one used to have automatic visions of Del Boy when sales was mentioned, and it’s on that presumptuous association that I’ve decided to dedicate this latest graduate weapons solely to sales, in a bid to prove the overlooked benefits of a career in this sector and to demonstrate to you grads how best to seize these golden opportunities!

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Graduate weapons for attacking the job hunt – events management & hospitality

Events. Who doesn’t love them? If you’re the type that enjoys planning, organising and socialising, a career in events management could be an appropriate path to pursue. This blog aims to act as a written helping hand, guiding you along the rocky road of applications to the finish line of career success. We’ll analyse the opportunities that lie ahead and the specific skills and characteristics you’ll need in order to win the fight for those prized positions!

Roles in events management generally revolve around the organisation and running of all manner of social, promotional and business events. Whatever the finer details, your project is your responsibility from the get go of initial planning to the final few moments of the event, ensuring the last guest crawls out of the venue. Day-to-day activities include the handling of clients and discussing their requirements including budgets and timescales, brainstorming original ideas, researching venues and suppliers, negotiating, publicising and eventually managing your own team.

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Graduate weapons for attacking the job hunt: the third sector

After a delicious break spent tearing up Croatia , I return to you on this lovely sunny Friday with my next instalment of the graduate weapons! This week I thought I’d take on something a little different; the third sector. This blog should act as a helpful insight into potential careers within this industry, giving you a broader understanding of what it is, what opportunities lie within and how you can best attain these roles. Targeting your application Your understanding of the third sector will allow you to identify which area you are most suited to. The third sector consists of charities, voluntary and community organisations, not-profit companies, industrial and provident societies and social enterprises. The essentials Start off by asking yourself what you want to achieve in your career. If you’re financially motivated with big dreams of making millions then starting your career in a non-profit organisation may not be the most suitable step. Be realistic. You’re aware that this may not be the most lucrative sector to aim for; your attraction should stem more from the prospect of the positive impact you can make in the world. It’s a case of job satisfaction over monetary gain.

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