Career Advice from Glenda Martin

Glenda Martin shared a lot of resources and advice with us that will help prepare us for creating CVs and doing well at interviews. Mostly, I found that Glenda helped me get into the right mindset for what direction I need to be looking in for making the most out of my preparation time. These are some of the points she made during her presentation.

  • Know yourself very well. Know your own elevator pitch. What is your expertise? Why will you be chosen?
  • 70% of employers are looking at your LinkedIn account. Keep it sharp.
  • Commercial awareness is a top skill desired from employers. Accuracy and attention to detail are also highly desired.
  • Work that is successful is about continuous improvement. Prove your freshness and the value that you will add.  What do you do when the pressure is on?
  • What else do you do? Be able to discuss your part time job. Think of university as the common denominator. Oisín made a good point though, that our course in particular applies a lot of pressure and provides a lot of team experiences that you might not find on another course or in a part time job. Show how you cope with doing more than one thing at a time e.g.  juggling university work along with a part time job.
  • Look at prospects.ac.uk. Look at the careers profile and look out for extra ideas for skills I could include on my CV.
  • The same applies for filling out an application; make it match exactly to what is being asked for.
  • Learn about the company, their development, expansion, markets, products, mission statement, values, ethos/culture. Do your research and don’t just recite their website.
  • Why did you apply for this place? See their values and match yourself.
  • What are the issues/challenges/opportunities within this industry within the next 3 years? Be able to demonstrate your commercial awareness e.g. copyright protection, maximise what you do, what is happening in the industry, what are the threats, where do you need to prioritise?
  • Don’t bring a ‘just okay’ attitude to anything.
  • Keep a copy of any application forms that you send away for re-reading before interviews.
  • Know 3 things about yourself that stand out for the job. Ask other people what they see in you.
  • What excites you about this profession? What consumes you?
  • Tailor your CV to every single job i.e. have multiple CVs. If the project placement is independent, don’t talk about team work.
  • Your CV should be no longer than 2 sides of an A4 page.
  • Your ‘personal profile’, sometimes called ‘career objective’ can be your main differentiator. Include where you saw the job, why you’re applying, what you know about the job and your skills which are suitable.
  • Reference company values as desirable.
  • In your ‘interests section’ show your commitments and achievements.
  • Have an academic and work referee.
  • How you conduct yourself in an interview gives indication of client interaction and conduct. Smile and be positive.
  • Be prepared to think on your feet.
  • Why did you choose this degree? Why did you apply for this placement?
  • Give examples; a brief situation, task you did, action and result. Talk mostly about the results you achieved.
  • Question the interviewer always. Prepare at least two questions.
  • See the interview simulator online.
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