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Although the last post was made in February 2014, regular updates ceased in May 2013; the site was archived in June 2014.

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Farewell but not goodbye

by Fiona Christieon February 28, 2014

This is the final post for this blog.  We have reached the end of this particular avenue. Many thanks to Tahira Majothi and Mary Macfarlane who were co-authors with me. We will no longer be maintaining and updating this blog, although existing content will remain.

In the near future we will be establishing a new careers blog which I am glad to say will be part of a new blogging platform for the university.

Keep an eye on news about this on our Careers websiteand our Twitter feed.

While we wait for our new university careers blog, some of us will be blogging here.

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Write a CV you can be proud of

by Fiona Christieon May 8, 2013

I have just edited my prezi on writing a CV. Help with CVs is probably one of the most sought after services we offer in Careers & Employability, so I wanted to make my presentation available online. Writing a CV is often a hard thing for people to do, even though I know there are so many step by step guides (my prezi included).

I think what makes it so challenging, is that doing a good CV needs you to know yourself well and then be able to use vocabulary to sell yourself. The CV is a combination of an authentic written confessional mixed with a personal ad.  No wonder, many of us hate doing one.

So don’t keep putting if off – just get on with it and update your CV!  If you are one of our students and graduates, some and get some help from us in doing this.

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Should you bother with LinkedIn?

April 14, 2013

Make no mistake, you won’t get a job just because you are on LinkedIn and have a perfectly crafted profile. Your career success will always be much more about the quality of the work you do and also working hard. Some things don’t change in that respect. However, it makes absolute sense to utilise LinkedIn […]

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How to prepare for a job interview?

February 10, 2013

We have had a blog-writing hiatus recently. There just hasn’t seemed time to blog, and we’ve been consumed by other projects. I have become a student myself so have assignments to write, which has squeezed out blogging. Excuses, excuses. I have started experimenting with prezi, primarily as a way to get some presentations online so […]

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Uncovering tactics that will make your career fly high

November 16, 2012

“The world currently is filled with workers whose weeklong question is “when is the weekend going to be here?” And then “thank god, it’s Friday”. Their work puts bread on the table…but they are bored out of their minds. They’ve never taken the time to think out what they uniquely can do and what they […]

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“If you want it enough, you’ll find a way.”

October 31, 2012

Ever heard that before? You want to do something, but there are obstacles.  Perhaps there’s a qualification you’d need; perhaps you’d need to support yourself some other way until you got a break; perhaps it’s difficult to manage around your family responsibilities.  You express some reservations about how you’ll manage, and someone who’s already made […]

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Are You Cut Out to Be An Entrepreneur? A No-nonsense View from the U.S.

September 10, 2012

Thanks to Katheryn Rivas for submitting this guest post with some challenging thoughts for prospective entrepreneurs. If you feel you pass her rigorous personality test, bear in mind that Careers & Employability at the University can help you on your path to be an entrepreneur through our enterprise activities. Start-ups are the new frontier in […]

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PhD Writing up: What I Learned

August 30, 2012

“Piled Higher and Deeper” by Jorge Cham It’s five years this September since I wrote-up and handed in my PhD thesis.  I was sorting through my email inbox and came across the writing-up advice that I wrote about a year after I finished.  It was a useful reminder for me again, so I thought […]

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When you’re going through hell, just keep going

July 13, 2012

I love this quote attributed to Winston Churchill – it sums up that sometimes when you are facing tough times, there’s going to be no rescue squad on hand and you’ve just got to stick with it and keep on going. I’ve written about resilience before and in this post I’m returning to that theme. […]

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Social Media for Researchers

July 11, 2012

We’re back online, yay! Did you miss us? To celebrate the return of our Postgraduate Careers Blog, I would like to draw your attention to two really useful resources for researchers around the theme of digital literacy. The first is the June 2012 release of findings from a joint study by the British Library and […]

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