Welcome to Get Hired
Welcome to Get Hired at Southampton Solent University. If you are a final year student or graduate looking for work, Get Hired is here to help. We understand that deciding on a career path can be a stressful process. While Get Hired concentrates on helping graduates find graduate work, we also want to let you know how you can explore other options. Our six step guide is designed to make it easier.
Because getting a job is not always straightforward, you can revisit each of the stages as many times as you need or get in touch with one of our advisers for further guidance and advice.
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Check out the events listing for Solent workshops and external employment events
Throughout the process keep in mind these top ten tips from Solent Futures.
- If you are still studying, work hard on your course to develop the skills you need. Many big graduate schemes ask for a 2.1 or higher.
- You have many options after you graduate - Get Hired focuses on graduate work, but many students go on to do freelance work, postgraduate study or travel. Don't limit yourself and do your research.
- Don't forget that graduates can still use many of the services of Solent Futures.
- You will need to market yourself on social media and directly to potential employers.
- Register on a variety of recruitment sites.
- Research helps to target your job application. Don't cut and paste across applications, employers do notice.
- Take advantage of the professional mentoring programme we offer at Solent. Apply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Practice your interview skills. Book a mock interview via email@example.com.
- If you can, attend one of our weekly workshops and events at the East Park Terrace campus.
- Solent offers funding and support for students and graduates with a business start-up idea.
Need more help?
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Tel: 023 8201 3883
2. Who are you?
Who are you?
Take some time to think about your interests, personality style, values and skills as they relate to possible career choices.
Doing a career self-assessment can help you to identify all the key information about yourself.
What do YOU want to do?
You might be surprised at all the options that are available to you with your degree.
If you are still not sure what you want to do, career-matching software can help you to explore and expand your job ideas.
Find out more about your career options
Set yourself goals
Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality.
Top tips on setting goals that are right for you
Here are a few things you can do to manage your personal brand:
- Be clear about the image you intend to project. If you have more than one message you run the risk of confusing people about what you are all about.
- Make certain your brand message is consistent across all platforms. For instance, your CV and LinkedIn profile must be in sync.
- Back up any broad statements with objective proof. Show numbers, dates, etc. of what you have done that backs up your claim.
- Keep it brief. Can you state your value proposition in ten words or less? If not, you run the risk of being forgettable.
Need more help?
Get in touch with a careers adviser if you want to talk through your options in a one-to-one guidance appointment.
3. Job search
To start your job search we recommend signing up to Solent Graduate Jobs - Southampton Solent University's own graduate job search website.
Solent Futures have compiled a list of general graduate recruitment websites below. Many will let you sign up for tailored job alerts by putting in your choice of career area. There are also specialist jobs websites tailored to specific employment fields.
General recruitment websites
Specialist recruitment websites
Media arts and technology
Maritime science and engineering
Health, sport and social sciences
Using LinkedIn in your job search
A survey conducted by Mbaonline found that 10,200,000 people got their job through LinkedIn.
See our top tips
Networking is a powerful tool to help your job search. It is about sharing knowledge and expertise to help your personal and professional development. Expanding your contacts may lead to work experience or work shadowing, or even graduate jobs.
Find out more about networking
4. Applying for jobs
Applying for jobs
Target your CV and covering letter/ email to the company and the job you are applying for. This doesn't mean a completely new CV for each job - just a different emphasis on skills and experience.
Employability and Enterprise have produced a great step-by-step guide to writing a CV and application.
View the Solent CV and application guide
Many graduate jobs require you to complete application forms. Employers regularly tell us that they bin hundreds of applications due to:
- Poor spelling and grammar.
- Not completing all the sections.
- Providing opinion rather than evidence.
- Obvious cutting and pasting from other applications.
Find out more about writing a successful job application
Using social media
Employers are increasingly looking at your social media profile as well. At a minimum, you should be building a LinkedIn profile. This profile can also be used as a CV builder. So, keep your profile up to date and you'll always have an up to date CV!
Find out more about using social media
5. Interview process
Our one word tip for interviews is prepare! Prepare by researching the company, practicing answers to questions, and organising practical things like your outfit and transport. Remember that it isn't a one-way process, you should use it as an opportunity to find out whether the role would be a good fit for you, as well as the other way around.
Keep reading for brief advice. The link below goes to more detailed information on our main portal pages.
Detailed advice on different types of interview and more
Think. What is the employer likely to ask you about? They will ask questions to determine if you have the right skills and experience for the job, and will you fit in with the existing team. Avoid yes/ no answers and giving too little or too much information.
Typical questions that come up time and time again include:
- Tell us about yourself
- Why do you want the job?
- Why do you think you are suitable for the position?
- What can you bring to our organisation?
- Why have you applied to us?
- What did you find most enjoyable or challenging about your course?
For competency-based questions, the employer may want more detail, for example about a situation where you demonstrated a particular skill.
Using the CAR method will help:
- C – context
Put the situation in context for the interviewer, provide more detail about exactly what you did.
- A – action
Describe the steps you took to resolve a problem or move forward.
- R – results
Show the impact of the steps you took, if positive great - if negative explain what you learnt from the situation.
The interview is a two way process. Towards the end of the interview you will have the opportunity to ask some questions. It is a good idea to prepare some beforehand, here are some suggestions:
- Who will I be working with?
- What could a typical day/ week involve?
- Will I have the opportunity for training?
- What did my predecessor go on to do?
- How will I know if I have met your expectations within the role?
Psychometric tests and assessment centres
What are psychometric tests?
Psychometric tests can be used as part of the recruitment and selection process by employers to assess your ability in specific skills, eg verbal, numerical and diagrammatical reasoning, or to find out about your personal qualities by using personality questionnaires.
What are assessment centres?
They normally form the final part of the selection process, after interview, so if you have reached this stage, you are doing well.
By completing activities related to the role, employers may get a better idea of how you could do the job compared to interviews alone.
Use this advice to help you to prepare.
Assessment centres advice
Further information including videos and practise tests
6. Further options
Consider updating your CV
Think outside the box: just because you graduated with a degree in maths doesn't mean you have to teach maths or work in finance. What transferable skills, extra training, and volunteer experience do you have?
You may have the necessary skills to get your dream job, but no employer knows that unless you make them stand out on your CV.
Will a postgraduate degree improve your employment options? This varies by sector, so get some impartial advice before committing to further study. Book an appointment with a careers adviser online through careerbox.solent.ac.uk or graduates can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Solent graduates get a discount on postgraduate courses at Southampton Solent University.
Support for start-up business
We offer funding, advice and support for students and graduates with an idea for a business they want to start, or a new business they want to grow. Email email@example.com to find out more details.
Prepare yourself as best as possible
Take advantage of our online tools and advice that can help you in your job search.
Remember that you can book a careers guidance appointment after leaving Solent by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. These appointments can be used to discuss options like postgraduate study or discussing how to get the most from a gap year.
Don't give up the search. Register on Solent Graduate Jobs for all the latest job opportunities. Finding employment can be like a full-time job, but the harder you work at it, the better your chances are of getting a start on a good career. Good luck!