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Curriculum Vitae-l? The past, present and future of the CV Part 2: The Alternative CV

Posted by Chris Webb and Dr Jamie Mackay on 15/01/20 10:39

In our first article in this series, we looked at the ‘Standard CV', provided some historical context and highlighted the importance of tailoring the CV to different roles. We also put to bed the idea of a perfect ‘one-size-fits-all’ CV. Our next article picks up where we left off as we explore the eclectic world of ‘Alternative CVs’ and take a closer look at how individuals in particular industries go to increasingly creative lengths to stand out in competitive labour markets.

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Topics: employability, CV

Curriculum Vitae-l? The past, present and future of the CV Part 1: The Standard CV

Posted by Chris Webb and Dr Jamie Mackay on 04/12/19 10:48

They say the only certainties in life are death and taxes but as careers practitioners, we know that there is always one further symbol of inevitability to add to this list – the ubiquitous and oft-dreaded Curriculum Vitae or CV.

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Topics: employability, CV

Disability and Employment: Is change on the horizon?

Posted by Chloe Nicholson on 23/10/19 10:35

“I wouldn’t tell your employer about your disability, if I were you.”

I was 13 years old when I told my teacher I wanted to find a job. Their response shocked me.

I am autistic and have expressive-receptive language disorder, disabilities that can make everyday life at least a tiny bit challenging, but to everyone else remain ‘hidden’. Invisible.

“You’d be discriminated against,” my teacher had further clarified to me. “If they knew, they’d probably not give you an interview.”

They were saying this out of kindness and concern for me, but their words highlighted something ugly about the workforce that most people ignore.

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Topics: student advice, employability

Work Experience: The thank you letter

Posted by Andy Midwinter on 14/10/19 09:49

So, you've finished your work experience placement. If all went to plan, you will have had an enjoyable time, learnt a lot about your chosen company and gained a valuable insight into the world of work. Now that it's over, it's time to express your appreciation to the company who provided you with all this.

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Topics: student advice, work experience, employability, internships

How to use LinkedIn as part of university and career planning

Posted by Philip Calvert on 09/10/19 12:07


Today's tech-savvy students have grown up with internet enabled devices in their hands. That means that in addition to the support they'll get from teachers, parents and school careers leaders - websites and apps will increasingly be at the heart of how they choose the next steps in their education as they progress towards the exciting world of work. In this article, LinkedIn expert Philip Calvert shares an extract from his new book Kick-Start Your Career With LinkedIn.


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Topics: employability

7 ways to prepare for your career while at university

Posted by Bear Hutchinson on 04/09/19 11:23

When it comes to preparing for your career at university, there are two common misconceptions. One is that internships and work experience are the be-all and end-all, and the other is that you can only start preparing in your penultimate year of university. Although, of course, internships can be extremely useful, there are many other ways that you can get relevant experience without the sacrifice of your summers or interference with your studies. In this article, one of our interns, Bear, shares her advice.

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Topics: university, student advice, employability

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