How to make the most of the Jobs Market

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Our Jobs Market on 18th May is your chance to meet employers face to face and apply for live job opportunities. Ask questions, find out more about the employer and apply there and then – simple! With a range of employers from a number of fields, this is a great opportunity to network, make some great contacts and hopefully land yourself a job!

Register your place here, and read on for our top tips to help you make the most of the event…

What to bring:

Copies of your CV (for tips on writing a CV, see our CVs and applications blog posts here), notepad and pen, a list of questions to ask and lots of enthusiam!

Make a good impression

Start conversations with recruiters by introducing yourself. Ask how their day is going and smile to show that you are listening. Be polite – remember that recruiters are people too! Making notes will show the recruiter that you are interested in what they have to say and will be useful for you to refer to afterwards. Remember to ask for a business card – this can be helpful if you decide to make a job application. Finally, try to dress smartly; this will help you feel more confident and counts towards making an excellent first impression.

Ask the right questions

Make the most of this face-to-face opportunity with an employer (remember there are live vacancies available) by asking questions that you wouldn’t usually be able to ask. Here are some suggestions from us: 

  • What roles do you have available?
  • What do you enjoy most about working for Company A?
  • What work experience do I need to have when applying?
  • How can I make my application stand out?

If it’s a graduate scheme on offer:

  • Can you tell me more about what your graduate programme involves?
  • What can I do now to prepare myself for your recruitment and selection process?

online_job_searchBe open to opportunities

Keep an open mind as opportunities can come from the least expected places and you could end up speaking to people from organisations that you might not have thought about before. Even if the opportunity isn’t directly related to your degree, focus on the transferable skills that can be gained.

Confirmed employers attending are: FDM Group, Frontier, Premier Pathways, Coople, Topdesk UK Ltd, Teach First, Ark Teacher Training, Tempo, Systra, Temple Group, MindBodyonline and our in-house recruitment agency QTemps.

Be sure to research as much as you can about the companies you want to meet, in advance. You will impress them by knowing who they are and what they do. When researching employers you can find out about the company itself from their website and social media pages, but also catch up on the latest news and current affairs, particularly any stories that might be relevant to the employer. Showing your commercial awareness this way will help you to stand out more in the recruiter’s memory.

Fly solo

It’s okay to attend the event with a friend, but don’t spend the whole time together. Having a one-to-one talk with a recruiter gives you a better chance of making yourself memorable. If you find the idea of approaching a stand on your own daunting, prepare a few ice-breaker questions in your head beforehand. Again, doing some research can help you feel more confident when it comes to striking up conversation.

We hope these tips help you to make the most of this event, and good luck!

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