How to pro-actively job hunt

If you are finding that trawling the job pages is having little success, it may be time to re-think your job hunting strategy. By pro-actively job searching you can develop your professional network and increase your chances of employment. So, how do you job hunt effectively?

  1. Identify companies you would like to work for: make a list of 30 – 40 companies that you would be interested in working for. Use LinkedIn, ‘top employer lists’ such as The Times and The Guardian for ideas.
  2. Research them: once you have a range of companies you are interested in, start looking into their company history, current activities, work ethos etc. Start your search on their website, but also look at their social media pages, blogs, LinkedIn pages for information. Researching will allow you to get a clearer perspective on a certain company and may help you decide if it is the right place for you.
  3. Network: Once you have researched, it is now time to build your connections. Contacting former and current employees is a great way to network and build professional relationships. Try contacting people through LinkedIn and ask them what it is like to work there and the work they are involved in. You could also see if the company are running any open events that you could attend. This would be another great way to meet current employees and build rapport.
  4. Once you have established connections within the company, ask them what is the best way to be introduced to a Hiring Manager, or explain that you are interested in working for the company and that you would like to know how to find out about any current opportunities. If you are able to make contact with a Hiring Manager ensure you have your 30 second elevator pitch ready and an up to date CV!

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Social media, Skype and online CVs: new ways to get a job – live chat

Join the Guardian online live chat from 1pm – 3pm today! This is your chance to ask industry experts about how to make the most of new technologies while job hunting. If you are unsure about how to use social media, other than socially, to find your next job or make business connections, make sure you take part in this chat! With 45% of employers using social media to screen job candidates, it is important to know how you can make a great first impression through online profiles*.

The discussion will cover:

  • What new ways of job hunting are available
  • How these new technologies can be used to help your job hunt
  • Preparing for Skype and online interviews

And it will take place below the article 

You can take part by either creating a free Guardian account, log in using your Twitter or Facebook profiles to comment. Alternatively, you can tweet @GuardianCareers or email your questions to, who can post them for you.

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My EPS Journey

My EPS Journey is a new opportunity for students registered on the Employability Points Scheme to illustrate their employability to prospective employers and also reflect on the skills and experiences they have gained whist engaging with the scheme.

Accordingly, at the end of each academic year, it is possible for students to create their ‘EPS Journey’ on MyFolio. This is a profile page, outlining the activities students have completed to earn points and the rewards students may have undertaken. Following a student’s graduation, the EPS Journey can be published, added to CVs and LinkedIn profiles. Click here to see an example of an EPS Journey, and find out how you can start creating your own!

Why volunteer?

As a current student or a recent graduate, I’m sure you have heard all too many times the key to getting a graduate job is ‘experience, experience, experience’. But with the pressures and demands of life, balancing a part time job, exam preparation, essay deadlines and of course a social life, it may seem as though you have no time to fit this in. However, if you can find the time, even if it were just a couple of hours a week, it would help to raise your graduate profile and develop your transferable skills. One way to do this is through volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience and skills, helping you to stand out to recruiters in a competitive job market.

So, why volunteer?

1) You can fit volunteering around your schedule, committing to just a few hours out of your day. This is your time you are investing in volunteering, so make sure it not only works for them but for you too.

2) There are many opportunities out there, all you have to do is look! If there is a specific career path you are interested in taking, volunteering is a perfect way to test it out. For example, if you would like to work as a journalist try contacting your local news offices for work experience. You can also browse voluntary vacancies through Kent Union and the Careers Vacancy Database

You can also volunteer through a society, opportunities include first aid, homeless outreach, fundraising and volunteering with children. Browse them on

3) It’s a great way to network and gain valuable contacts.

4) It will enhance your CV, contributing to your personal development, whilst giving you the chance to do something you care about.

5) You can get involved in the local community, supporting projects which benefit individuals, the community and environment.

6) You can explore different career paths and work with people from different backgrounds.

Remember …


How to cut down your CV

With the average time employers spend looking at a CV being a mere 3 minutes, you need to limit your CV to 1 – 1 ½ pages, otherwise you could risk your application being rejected because it is too long and unclear. However, this is easier said than done. If you have an abundance of work experience, achievements or voluntary work that you want to impress a potential employer with, deciphering which points to discount can be tricky. Below are a few tips to help you when cutting down your CV:

  • keep older roles concise, you only need to go into detail with your most recent work experience
  • use short bullet points to explain your duties in the work experience section of your CV
  • tailor your CV so you only include the skills which meet the criteria of the job, leave out any irrelevant details
  • avoid using clichés. It’s easy to fall into a cliché trap, using phrases such as ‘good communicator’ or ‘great team player’ but if you haven’t backed them up with clear examples they won’t have any substance. Make sure you explain why you are a good team player and how you can bring your skills to the job. Try using the acronym CAR when explaining a skill – context (what happened), action (what you did) and result (the outcome and what you achieved)
  • only include essential personal details on a CV, i.e. your full name, address and contact number/email. You do not need to include your date of birth or hobbies (unless relevant to the position)
  • leave references off your CV, you only need to state that they are available upon request
  • avoid putting the full address for your previous employers, you only need to include when you worked there, your job title and the name of the company.