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A Graduate’s Guide to Finding Employment

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A book of tips to support graduates who want practical advice on how to find employment. All proceeds go to charity.
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The authors offer this book of tips to achieve two purposes. The first purpose is to support graduates who want some encouragement or practical advice on how to find employment.

The second purpose grew originally from discussions with a small group of graduates of the University of Brighton, with whom the first draft was discussed and which led to the first edition in 2011. We agreed to give all proceeds, from downloading the book, to charity.

Since 2011, we have been able to donate more than £1500 to UNICEF, a global children’s charity. This second edition will do the same, all proceeds generated by people downloading the book (free to download) will be sent to UNICEF.

The authors offer this book of tips to achieve two purposes. The first purpose is to support graduates who want some encouragement or practical advice on how to find employment. The second purpose grew from discussions with a small group of graduates of the University of Brighton, with whom the first draft was discussed, and with whom we agreed to give all proceeds, from downloading the book, to charity.

In 2009, there were 2.5 million children under age 15 living with HIV. By downloading this book, you will support UNICEF’s Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign raising money and awareness about HIV and AIDS and helping millions of affected children and their families.

By 2015 it is possible that we could have an AIDS free generation. But UNICEF needs your help to get there. The rights of children are being denied because of HIV and AIDS. This is wrong. By downloading this book you will help UNICEF put it right.

  • Preface to the second edition
  • About the authors
  • Introduction
  1. While you are still at university
    1. University facilities
    2. Using the web
    3. Considering applications
  2. Social Media
    1. The importance of social media
    2. Some tips for social media use
    3. Getting started with LinkedIn
  3. About You
    1. Finding your strengths, talents and positive qualities
    2. Reviewing Your Skills so far
    3. Identifying your relevant experience
    4. Clarifying what you want from a graduate job
    5. Try to see things from the perspective of the graduate employer
    6. Getting active
  4. Search for employment
    1. Getting out there
    2. What kind of organisation do I want to work for?
    3. Choosing how to search for a job
    4. Power tips for working with LinkedIn
    5. Documenting your work experience
    6. Job ads
    7. Applying for vacancies advertised online
  5. Applications
    1. Completing an application form
    2. CV presentation
    3. CV content
    4. Honing your CV
    5. Making the most of your CV
    6. Tailoring your CV for a specific job
    7. Evaluating your CV
    8. Recruitment agencies and job boards
  6. Interviews
    1. Preparations before the day
    2. How should you look?
    3. Preparing for the interview process
    4. Questions to ask the interviewers
    5. In the interview
  7. Staying Motivated
    1. Staying positive
    2. Resilience when job-searching: staying positive when you get knocked back
  8. You’re in your first job, what now?
    1. First or last job?
    2. Your first days in a new job
    3. Getting a higher qualification
  9. Miscellaneous tips and other ideas
    1. What if the assessment process is not just an interview?
    2. Work experience: how some charitable organisations can help
    3. Miscellaneous tips
  10. A final thought: Myths about graduate employment
  • Endnotes
Amazing 333 tips! Just the best. Very comprehensible, applicable and relevant. Great job.

Dr. Sue Greener

Dr Sue Greener currently works at the Brighton Business School, University of Brighton and as a Doctoral Supervisor at the Universities of Brighton and Liverpool (Laureate Online). Sue conducts research in the fields of online learning, Human Resource Development and Research Methodology. She is an experienced External Examiner, Chief Examiner and External Advisor in Business & Management. She has been Co-Editor of the academic journal Interactive Learning Environments since 2012 and is chair of the Brighton Business School Research Ethics Panel. 

Sue has published for some years with Bookboon and is listed on ResearchGate and Scopus for publications. She has worked with Tom Bourner and Asher Rospigliosi on a range of projects including graduate employment.

Research interests

Personal & professional development, online resource design, blended learning, Human Resource Development, Technology Enhanced Learning, Research Methodology, Social media impact on learning communities.

Supervisory Interests

Sue’s doctorate is in online learning and she continues to develop work in this area of the impact of digital learning technologies on learning design and community building in HE and organisational contexts. She currently supervises 5 PhD students at Brighton in related fields of social media and education, women and leadership, and the impact of dyslexia on learning in innovative SMEs. She has supervised two successful completions of PhD thesis, one in the field of women's learning environments in Saudi Arabian HE, the other the use of school teachers' acceptance and use of e-learning technologies, plus one DBA in the area of motivation and psychological contract.

In summary, the fields of supervisory interest are:

·         Online and blended learning design in HE and in organisational contexts

·         Social media in relation to learning and community-building

·         Human Resource Development

·         Problem-based learning

·         Action learning

·         Graduate employability

Sue is also a Lay Minister in the Anglican church, a breeder of pedigree Southdown sheep and a proud mother and grandmother.

Tom Bourner

Tom is Emeritus Professor of Personal and Professional Development at the University of Brighton. Until he retired from the university he was Head of Research at the Business School and before that he headed up the Management Development Research Unit. He was also a committed and successful teacher being featured in an article in the 'Star Turn' series of the Times Higher Education Supplement. 

Tom was trained as an economist and taught economics in polytechnics for 15 years. Then he became concerned about what happened to his students after they graduated, which led to an interest in graduate destinations more generally and then other outcomes of higher education (HE). At this stage his research mostly involved developing and analysing HE statistics. For example, in the 1980s he led the team that developed the transbinary database of HE outcomes of the Council for National Academic Awards. Increasingly, his interest turned to the educational processes that were generating these large numbers, including teaching and learning methods and then to ways of including personal and professional development within HE. Other areas of research have included part-time degree courses (during the 1980s), action learning (during the 1990s) and professional doctorates (during the early 2000s).  He has published over a hundred articles in academic journals and more than a dozen books.  

He has always been interested in developing innovative courses and at the University of Brighton led the development of a part-time degree course in Business Studies, a university-wide research methods course leading to a postgraduate Certificate in Research Methodology, a research degree programme for the Business Faculty leading to a postgraduate Diploma in Business Research Methods and MPhil/PhD, a Masters Degree in Change Management and Doctorate in Business Administration (BDA). His most recent programme development was the Altogether programme for developing knowledge and skills for neighbourhood renewal.  

Nowadays, Tom's research interests are largely focused on university education and learning and teaching methods (pedagogical research), reflective learning in HE, graduate employability, action learning, student-community engagement and the role of the university in society. He regularly reviews books and referees submitted articles to academic journals. 

Tom lives in Kemp Town in the heart of Brighton, which he loves. He is married to Jill, who recently completed a fine art degree in sculpture, and they have two wonderful daughters, Katie and Sally. Tom's other interests include staying fit and healthy, spending time with Jill, reading (especially works on 'big history', happiness, HE and human development), free-form dance, enjoying the delights of Brighton and otherwise living a simple life.

Asher Rospigliosi

Asher is an economic sociologist with a passion for teaching the complexities of information systems in a business context. He has taught for nearly twenty years, but had a varied range of experiences before entering the Academy. He ran Comic Shops, swept streets and was a butler, before finding a place for his passion for networked information systems at the dawn of the internet age. During the 90s Asher built web sites and e-commerce publishing systems, eventually leading transnational software development projects for ZDNet. 

Asher has worked with Tom and Sue on a number of projects relating to graduate employment and what it is employers value in graduates. We call our findings the New-Vocationalism. The idea is simple, that employers value that graduates have the willingness and ability to learn in employment.  

Asher’s current research is into understanding the role of social media for job seeking graduates. He has published on graduate employability, signalling and human capital and the history of universities, action learning and New-Vocationalism in a range of journals including International Journal of Social Economics, Higher Education Review and Action Learning Research and Practice.  

Away from work and research Asher is an enthusiastic cook, cocktail maker and father of three. With his wife Mitch and dog Cleo he spends much time walking the Sussex south downs, or sleeping by a fire in his tipi.