Good advice for anyone having job interviews…
If you have not been back in a school for a few years, you may still be under the impression that it is made up of teachers, dinner ladies, caretakers, school nurses and secretaries. What may surprise you is that there are many many different types of jobs available in the school environment – professional, associate professional and in academic support.
All of these jobs have one thing in common; they are there to help shape the future lives of young people. Sound like an environment you would like to work in?
On Tuesday 28 February, we have invited 25 organisations who offer opportunities to work in schools. Below are some of the non-teaching roles that these organisations have advertised:
- Admissions Officer
- Arabic Speaking Learning Support Assistant
- Behaviour Manager
- Behaviour Support Practitioner
- Braille Trained Learning Support Assistant
- Breakfast Club Supervisor
- Clerk to the Governors
- Cricket Coach
- Data and Student Services Manager
- Design Technology Technician
- Drama Assistant
- Early Years Support Worker
- Estates Manager
- Examination and Accreditation Officer
- Family Support Assistant
- Graduate Assistants
- Graduate Learning Support Assistant
- Graduate Maths Learning Support Assistant
- Graduate Music Assistant
- Health Care and Personal Care Assistant
- Higher Level Teaching Assistant
- IT Network and System Manager
- IT Technician
- Lab Technician
- Learning Coach
- Lettings Officer
- Marketing and Reprographics Coordinator
- MDSA / Playleader
- Music Secretary
- Occupational Therapist
- Office Manager
- Operations Manager
- Pastoral Care Worker
- Pastoral Manager
- Personal Coach
- Physical Education Teaching Assistant
- Play & Development Leader
- Play and Development Worker
- Play Worker
- Premises and Health & Safety Manager
- Pre-School Assistant
- Pre-School Deputy Manager
- Primary and Secondary Cover Supervisors
- Pupil Services Manager
- Raising Attainment Assistant EAL
- School Counsellor
- School Finance Officer
- Science Technician
- SEN Teaching Assistant
- Site Compliance & Maintenance Technician
- Special Needs Support Worker
- Specialist Physiotherapist
- Speech & Language Therapist
- Sports Centre Manager
- Sports Coach / Leader
- Sports Officer
- Sporty Learning Support Assistant
- Strategic Business Manager
- Support Assistant
- Support Assistant Sport
- Swyddog Gweinyddol
- Teaching Assistant
Some of these roles will require experience and special qualifications, while others may just need your skills and bags of enthusiasm.
Come along and chat to the exhibitors at the Teaching Recruitment Fair, 28 February 2017, 12 – 2pm, Newport City Campus, and find out more about the requirements and opportunities open to you. They have temporary opportunities in some of these roles for you to experience working in a school.
If you’re close to finishing your degree or you’re on your summer break there is a good chance you will be looking for a temporary or permanent job. When exploring your options the question may come up; is it better to apply through a recruiter or approach the company directly?
There are many unknown advantages to applying via a recruitment agency.
Here are the top 5 reasons to work with Reed Scientific:
1 Your CV is more likely to be seen by the hiring manager
An employer receives an average of 250 applications for every job advert. He or she will spend 5-7 seconds looking at a CV. When your CV matches the requirements of a role your recruiter will not only make sure your CV is seen by the employer but will also discuss your experience and skills with them, supporting your application.
2 You get the advice needed to improve your employability
Recruiters know the market. In addition to CV and application guidance your specialist consultant will provide pre-interview support, including an overview of prospective employers based on their knowledge of the company.
3 You will have access to multiple opportunities through one point of contact
Recruiters keep you updated on relevant vacancies. They provide you with information on the market and discuss the different opportunities you can access with your experience – even if it’s a career path you may not have considered.
4 You have constant support whilst you are looking for work.
Recruiters help you apply to the right roles and give you last minute advice before an interview. They chase for feedback and negotiate offers on your behalf. They will also call companies on your behalf to see if they have suitable vacancies in their teams.
5 And it is all for free!
Most recruitment agencies (including us) provide their services completely free of charge for candidates.
So, we are at that time of the academic year when recruiters are on campus actively promoting their brand, engaging with students and actively trying to drive applications onto their graduate and placement schemes. One of the ways companies do this is through careers fairs. Yes you know, those huge scary rooms, full of giant stands, littered with giveaways, brochures and company representatives waiting to speak to you. The good news is that this is really your opportunity to engage with recruiters or employees from companies and build on research to find out about their opportunities. There are however some key mistakes that students make when attending university careers fairs and I’m highlighting a few to ensure that you’re not the one to make them!
Not researching the organisations that you want to talk to
Nothing gets my goat more that when a student approaches my stand and says “So…what company is this and what do you do?” The first impression I get as a recruiter is definitely not “Wow, this candidate sounds great, I want them working for me!” Researching the organisation before hand, looking through their website on what roles they offer and what qualifications are needed will let you know whether this is a company that is aligned with your own goals. You could look up their recruiter on LinkedIn and maybe even connect with them beforehand. Try this approach instead
“Hi, my name is….and I currently study BA Business Management. I have been doing some research on your organisation as I’m really interested in your 12 month placement scheme, could you please tell me some more about the application process please.” It’s all about first impressions! When companies are at career fairs they are looking for talent, so if you approach recruiters in the right way then they will respond positively!
Being dressed like you have just got in from your student night out
Personal brand is everything when it comes to companies looking for their future leaders. If you show up looking like looking like you’ve been out all night and haven’t bothered going home before you come to the fair then you are showing no sense of personal brand. Take some pride in your appearance. Would you turn up to an interview looking like this? First impressions count in any situation. I’m not saying you need to come in full business dress, but remember that you want a graduate job, so give yourself the best opportunity to stand out from the crowd by dressing smart, grooming and approaching me with a smile on your face.
Not having a recent, good CV with you
OK, so you’ve created a good first impression on me, approached me smartly dressed and have done some good research on my organisation. I’m thinking this candidate has potential and I want to be able to follow up with you after the careers fair so I ask for your CV – You don’t have one! How are you standing out from the crowd now? Take several copies of a generic CV with you (even better if you’ve tailored one before hand as part of your preparation) so that you can leave this behind. Some companies may just tell you to apply online, but encourage them to take the CV anyway or take the opportunity talk a bit about yourself and your skills for the role …show them that your are more than just a name on an application. Another important point is to be open-minded when looking at potential companies. Don’t go to your careers fair with tunnel vision. Many employers at the fair, be it national and international brands down to smaller SME’s have many opportunities that might be what you are looking for and really suit your skill set, so be open minded with the organisations you look at…you never know what gem they might have.
Filling up on the freebies with your mates
Yes, most organisations have freebies; it’s their way of keeping their brand visible when you get home and to make their stands look enticing to get you over. Your job is not to fill up as many bags as possible with free stuff in competition with your friends, but to interact and engage with your potential future employer and collect information. It is always good to go out on your own so that you can have some one-on-one time with a recruiter or employee from the company you want to work for, so don’t trawl around in a big pack.
Not getting recruiters details and failing to follow up
The hard work has been done, the fair is over, you’ve met some great employers, left a few CV’s and come away with some great company information. How many contact details did you get? If you want to truly set yourself apart from the competition and give yourself an opportunity to work for your dream company then ensure you collect contact information and then follow up with an email or a personalised request on LinkedIn. This will look great to recruiters; you researched the company well, looked smart, gave a CV on the day; then followed up with an email saying how great it was to meet and how you’re looking forward to hearing back. If you’ve followed those 5 steps… the chances are pretty good that you will hear back!
Martyn Flynn,Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Meet Martyn at the Opportunities Fair on 10 November 2016
We’ve all been there. I’ve been there. You hand the dissertation in, spend the summer loving life & then cross your fingers, thumbs, eyes & legs that you’ll land the job of your dreams as September approaches. Some of us will achieve this, high five to you all, some of you however will have to accept that your dreams may be a little further off than you’d hoped. Taking any job, doing anything you’re offered or facing unemployment is sometimes what comes after university life, BUT it’s not all doom and gloom. Ensuring that you’re constantly adapting yourself for when your big opportunity comes, being constantly prepared and most importantly NEVER giving up is the way forward. Finding a job and establishing yourself in a good career after your degree is no picnic, but we believe by following a number of steps, you’ll be on to a winner…
A Helping Hand
Before we start, we’d like to remind you all that unpaid internships are actually illegal. Under employment law, people who work set hours, do set tasks and contribute value to an organisation are “workers” and are entitled to the minimum wage, so please don’t work for free (unless it’s for a short period of time). Industries where unpaid interns were most common included design, media & PR, the competition is high and many feel under pressure to work for nothing, please don’t, I secured my chosen career path without having to do this so continue to tell yourself it’s completely possible! It is however, a good idea to offer a helping hand. Call businesses or companies and ask if there’s anything you can do for a few hours a week, on a Saturday or even in the evening. Offer your services at events they may host or even blog or share their news on social media platforms. Anything that adds that little bit extra ‘UMPH!’ to you as an individual will not hurt anyone.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, the way you conduct yourself on these types of platforms is significantly important. We can all hold our hands up and say we’ve had a cheeky search on Facebook or Twitter for someone we know (or want to know more about) and employers on many occasions will do the same. Your name, job title, your photo albums & your status’ should be kept professional or completely private, no one employer wants to see your Saturday night antics or the photographs from the hen do you went on a month ago.
Take A Job, Any Job
It might not be exactly what you want, but take it. Any job is better than no job and at the end of the day money pays the bills. It’s very unlikely that in your early 20′s you’re going to be landing a job that you’re in for the rest of your life, so don’t sweat it, enjoy. A job offers you the chance to meet new people. Meeting new people means networking, and networking can essentially land you a job that pops you in the right direction. Your degree is significant and you’ve done a fantastic job of getting it, but sometimes in today’s industries it’s all about who you know as well as what you know. It’s also good to remind yourself that small – medium size companies are where the bulk of graduate jobs lie so please don’t let them be over shadowed by the big dogs. Remember to search high and low for jobs on the internet, the smaller businesses may not use the biggest advertisement spaces but this could potentially mean that there’s less applicants, bingo!
Face To Face
It’s never too soon to start looking and contacting companies. If you know what you want to do or the areas you’re interested in, then do some research and find out what types of jobs are out there. Talk to everyone around you and learn from their experiences. Many of us sit on laptops, ipads and computers and apply for jobs like robots, but if you REALLY want that job then perhaps it’s time you paid them a visit. Go in to the business and hand them the CV yourself, give them a call and ask what they have available, making yourself known gives the employers no choice but to remember you, don’t let yourself be hidden under a pile of paper.
Think Outside The Box
Graduates obsess about crafting the perfect CV, but instead, use the extra time to check your online footprint. Google yourself. What comes up and what does it say about you?! Could you set up a blog to support your case? Are you showing your wonderful creative flair? Going that little extra mile could make you stand out from the crowd and gives you the chance to say ‘Hey, look at me, look how I could help your company!’. It’s all fine and dandy on paper, but having evidence to support your claims could differentiate you from another candidate that’s after the same job.
You’ll need to work hard and never give up to get a good job after graduation. There are no guarantees, but most graduates ultimately make a fantastic career, and there’s no reason you can’t be one of them. I know it’s difficult to pick yourself up when you’re knocked down a few (too many) times, but hang in there, the finish line is in sight…
By Hannah Tuck, Staffroom Education
Viking employs over 1,300 people and operates in over 11 countries worldwide, so using our experience of internationally reaching recruitment and with the help of our HR departments, we’ve put together a guide to the formalities of the Skype interview and the tips on how to ace it!
- Make sure your profile name is professional
- Who’s calling who? Avoid confusion and decide beforehand
- Keep your Application Documents and Post-it Notes in front of you for prompts!
Dreaming of a nice holiday this Summer but money’s tight? Then combining a job with a holiday could be the answer. Ok, so you may miss out on a few hours on the beach or sightseeing, but the benefits can more than make up of that. Apart from the money, think about the people you will meet and the new experiences you will have and it will definitely make it onto your CV.
Even though a lot of working holidays feature sport and/or young people, you can find other types of work if this isn’t what you would like to do. You need to start looking now though to ensure you get the best possible choice as deadlines can be early. Don’t wait until June before applying!
There are a number of great opportunities already posted on Unilife Connect – see below – and more will appear over the next few weeks.
Working holidays in the UK
Summer School Counselor, ISSO, Scotland and Cambridge, also Connecticut.
Easter & Summer Holiday Camp Staff, Barrachdas Activity Day Camps
Like this one? Then you may also like Rockley, Camp Beaumont, PGL
Working holidays around the world
Summer School Counselor, Connecticut, USA, also Scotland and Cambridge.
Learning a new skill more important than money?
5 week funded TEFL/TESOL course in Witney & Hungary £250.00 Spring, Summer and Autumn 2016 – £250.00 covers all tuition, certification, return flights and accommodation.
Canal Restoration Working Holidays £63 learn skills such as bricklaying, stone walling, machine operation and restoration techniques – £63 covers food, accommodation, transport.
Check these sites out as well
Our top tips
- Start researching opportunities now
- Read the small print. Some organisations require an upfront fee to cover costs, such as visa, travel and insurance. Worth noting what you get for your money too so that you can compare similar organisations.
- Know exactly what’s expected of you in the role you’re interested in. It will also give you an advantage when applying if the job is competitive.
- Beware of any company offering work that is paid as commission, the achievement of ‘targets’, or on stepped incentives. Ask yourself why they aren’t paying a sensible wage – it might be because it’s cheaper for them not to.
- You may be able to reclaim any tax you have paid if you have not earned your tax allowance in a given tax year, see https://www.gov.uk/student-jobs-paying-tax
- If you are organising your own working holiday, some countries do issue temporary working visas and some don’t, others you may be able to work without one. The number of working visas that are allocated each year can vary and change year on year. Check out the country’s UK embassy website for details.
- Check your travel insurance covers everything you need it to and the country you are going to!
Need help with your application? Book an appointment with the Careers Service.
Many of you may be familiar with the elevator pitch. You’ve probably seen it on the television show Dragon’s Den, where entrepreneurs attempt to persuade a panel of judges with their business ideas. Creating an excellent elevator pitch is a great way to consolidate what you are trying to achieve and what you can offer a company. It’s very closely linked to developing a personal brand.
The idea behind an elevator pitch is a short statement which combines who you are and what you can offer a company in a couple of minutes (maximum). The idea behind it is that you only have a short time to convince an employer to hire you, about the same time it would take to travel from the ground floor to the top of a fairly tall building.
How can you use an elevator pitch?
An elevator pitch can be used during many stages of the recruitment and job searching process. It’s a great tool when you meet employers at job fairs, it’s useful to keep on track with your message at interviews and if you attend any networking events, you can use it to demonstrate your skills and passions to the people you meet there. But one of the most useful things about an elevator pitch is the fact that it allows you to spend some time focusing on what your key skills are and how you want to present them to potential employers. Having a clear idea of what you can offer the job market is really important, and can save time in the long run.
5 great tips for creating your elevator pitch
- Remember it isn’t about you
Although you are trying to market yourself to a future employer, remember that however nice and friendly they seem, they probably don’t want to hear about what you’ve been up to, but rather what you can do to help them. Work out how your experience can benefit their company, and ideally how you joining their team will solve a problem. You want to be an essential employee, someone they can’t cope without.
- Just like your CV, you should tailor it to the audience
As well as tailoring it to different jobs. Firstly, what your audience do will change what people want to hear. Those interviewing you will be interested in different points to the staff you meet at recruitment events. You are trying to show off what makes you the number one applicant and don’t have much time, so you should only include what’s relevant. Highlight your leadership qualities for a graduate management scheme or your digital skills for a job in technology.
- Leave them wanting more
You’ve got a maximum of two minutes to tell them what they need to know, so you need to focus on the really interesting, exciting stuff. Let them know about your expertise , and the areas in which you really shine. Don’t give away all the good stuff though.
- Have a call to action at the end
It’s important to finish your pitch by making a request or handing over your business card. Saying that you’d love to have an in-depth discussion about how your experience could help their business. Remember, you didn’t come just to tell them about how great you are, you also wanted a follow-up meeting / interview / introduction.
Sounding natural is really important. You don’t want to sound like you’re trying too hard to sell. If you can, practice your elevator speech on friends and family. Don’t over prepare, you want to sound conversational, and remember, it’s ok if you don’t get it perfect. It’s the message that’s important. We’re always impressed when candidates have taken the time to find out how their skills could be useful to the work that we do. If you want to learn more about the opportunities available at Enterprise then check out our latest vacancies.
Preparation is the first essential step towards a successful interview. It’s normal to feel nervous because you want to do your best but if you prepare and practice you can get the better of your nerves and give yourself the best chance of getting the job.
The interviewers will expect you to have visited the company website beforehand and have a brief understanding of what the company does so it is important to be prepared.
Simple but regularly forgotten points
Make sure you know the exact location, time and date of the interview and the interviewer’s full name.
Always wear smart business clothes. Don’t dress casually, even if you know the company policy is relaxed.
Investigate specific, relevant facts about the company; where are their offices? What products and services do they offer? You should also research the company history and growth potential.
Refresh your memory about your current or former employment; what tasks did you do? What projects did you work on? What results did you achieve? You will be expected to be able to talk about this.
Think about what questions you want to ask the interviewers. Remember an interview is a two-way process, you should try to determine if the company will be a good fit for you and will provide the opportunity for growth and development.
For more advice about preparing for a face to face interview click here.