Graduate Job Podcast

For episode 36 of the Graduate Job Podcast we niche down, as we delve into what you need to do to get a job in the field of property, with special guest and property guru Rob Bence. If property is your thing we have all the bases covered, but if not, you’ll still want to keep listening, as Rob shares some absolute dynamite insights into how to get any job. We cover the difference between A and B players, and why B player’s applications end up in the bin. What to say to an employer when you’re applying for an internship or work experience to ensure you get a yes. Why and how you can reverse engineer the job application process so that you know exactly what the interviewer is looking for, through to why you should never carpet bomb job applications. As always, all links to everything we discuss and a full transcript are available in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/property. Before we start don’t forget, I love to hear your feedback so do get in touch either by email or twitter, on twitter I’m @GradjobPodcast, and email is hello@graduatejobpodcast.com. What you love, people or companies you’d like to see on the show, I’d love to hear your thoughts, so send them all my way.

MORE SPECIFICALLY IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • What you need to do to get a job in property
  • How to differentiate yourself as an ‘A Player’ in the recruitment process
  • Why you should reverse engineer the application process to ensure success
  • What to say to an employer when you’re applying for an internship or work experience to ensure you get a yes
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In episode 35 of the Graduate Job Podcast we cover a topic which can strike fear into many people applying for graduate jobs, namely psychometric testing. We are joined by Ben Williams, managing director at Sten 10, as he guides us through everything you need to know about numerical tests, verbal reasoning tests, situational judgement tests, personality tests…..you name a test, Ben has probably designed it. We cover what each of these tests are, what they look like in practice, and what graduate employers are actually looking for from them. We delve into tips so you can perform at your best, why you definitely should not try and cheat, through to the importance of accuracy and whether you should guess if you don’t know the answer. No matter where you are in the application process, this is an episode which you aren’t going to want to miss. Make sure you listen to the end, as I’ve negotiated a special discount for you with CareerGym.com which has all of the practice tests you need to ace any psychometric test. As always, all links to everything we discuss and a full transcript are available in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/test. Before we start don’t forget, I love to hear your feedback so do get in touch either by email or twitter, on twitter I’m @GradjobPodcast, and email is hello@graduatejobpodcast.com. What you love, people or companies you’d like to see on the show, I’d love to hear your thoughts, so send them all my way. But now without further ado, let’s dive straight in to episode 35.

MORE SPECIFICALLY IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • What psychometric tests such as numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, situational judgment, abstract reasoning and personality tests actually involve
  • Why companies use these tests and what they are looking for
  • How many questions you can expect in a test, and how long you have to answer them
  • Top tips for improving your test scores
  • Whether it is better to guess at an answer or go for accuracy
  • Why you don’t want to cheat!
  • Why you should always seek feedback on your performance
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For episode 34 of the Graduate Job Podcast we have for the first time a BAFTA award winner on the show, the absolutely fascinating Geoff Thompson. We go deep this week, as Geoff and I delve into the topic of fear, and how it might be holding you back in your search for a job. What fears are holding you back from getting that graduate job? What stories are you telling yourself in your job search which are stopping you from applying to the job of your dreams? It’s a captivating episode, and it’s one you’re going to want to listen to more than once. As always, all links to everything we discuss and a full transcript are available in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/fear. Before we start don’t forget, I love to hear your feedback so do get in touch either by email or twitter, on twitter I’m @GradjobPodcast, and email is hello@graduatejobpodcast.com. What you love, people or companies you’d like to see on the show, I’d love to hear your thoughts, so send them all my way. But now without further ado, let’s push straight on with episode 34.

MORE SPECIFICALLY IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • The fears that might be holding you back as you search for a job
  • Why you should be writing down a list of all your fears
  • Why confronting your fears is protein powder for the soul
  • How you can confront your limiting beliefs which are hindering your job search
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In episode 33 of the Graduate Job Podcast I speak with author Inge Woudstra, as we explore issues of gender and recruitment. We cover a wide range of topics, from the role that gender plays in how and why people apply for graduate jobs, whether women in particular should change their approach to succeed in the recruitment process, through to the most effective way to ask for a pay rise. Male or female, this is an episode, you’re not going to want to miss. As always, all links to everything we discuss and a full transcript are available in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/gender. Before we start don’t forget, I love to hear your feedback so do get in touch either by email or twitter, on twitter I’m @GradjobPodcast, and email is hello@graduatejobpodcast.com. What you love, people or companies you’d like to see on the show, I’d love to hear your thoughts, so send them all my way. But now without further ado, let’s jump feet first into episode 33.

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Welcome to the 32nd episode of the Graduate Job Podcast. We focus down again for episode 32, which is the second of our two part special on graduate jobs in social work, as I speak to Ivan Wise, Recruitment Director at Think Ahead. We delve into Think Ahead and its ground breaking 26 month graduate social work programme, examining what exactly it is, how you apply, and how you can stand out. We discuss the application process in detail and also cover why you should consider Think Ahead as your fast-track into a career in mental health social work. If you’ve ever thought about a career in social work then this is an episode you won’t want to miss. As always, links to all we discuss and a full transcript are available in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/Thinkahead. This episode came about after a request from a listener, so if you have any particular people or industries you would like me to speak to on future shows, drop me a mail at hello@graduatejobpodcast.com. I read everything and I can’t wait to hear from you. But, let’s not dilly dally, and hop straight across to episode 32.

 

 

MORE SPECIFICALLY IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • What Think Ahead is and why you should apply
  • The importance of their 7 attributes in the application process
  • Why you need dust down your webcam and record a short video
  • Top tips to make your online application stand out from the crowd
  • Everything you need to know about the Think Ahead assessment centre
  • Why speaking to a current mental health social worker should be on your to-do list!
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Welcome to the 31st episode of the Graduate Job Podcast. We focus down again for episode 31, which is the first of a two part special on graduate jobs in social work, as I speak to Katie Purser, Recruitment Director at Frontline. We delve into Frontline and its ground breaking 2 year graduate social work programme, examining what exactly it is, how you apply, and how you can stand out. We discuss the application process in detail and also cover why you should think about Frontline as your fast-track into a career in social work. If you’ve ever thought about working with children and families, then this is an episode you won’t want to miss. As always, links to all we discuss and a full transcript are available in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/Frontline. Before we start though, these special episodes came about from an email I received from a listener called Marnie, who emailed saying that she would love to get into social work and asked if I could interview some of the leading graduate schemes. If you have some particular people or industries you would like me to speak to on future shows, drop me a mail at hello@graduatejobpodcast.com. I read everything and I look forward to hearing from you. But, let’s not waste anymore time, and crack straight on with episode 31.

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In episode 30 of the Graduate Job Podcast I speak with author, blogger, and former financial advisor Kim Stephenson, who shares with us his insight as we cover a wide range of topics. We touch upon ideas of money, the stories you might have been telling yourself about money and the impact that they might be having on your job search. We also cover evolutionary biology and touch upon our old friend, yes the importance of understanding your values. No matter where you are as you look for work, be it unsure of where to apply, through to getting ready for an assessment centre, make sure you listen on as Kim’s thoughts on money will definitely get you thinking. As always, all links to everything we discuss and a full transcript are available in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/money. Before we start don’t forget, I love to hear your feedback so do get in touch either by email or twitter, on twitter I’m @GradjobPodcast, and email is hello@graduatejobpodcast.com. What you love, people or companies you’d like to see on the show, send them all my way. But now without further ado, let’s dive head first into episode 30.

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In episode 29 of the Graduate Job Podcast I speak with author, blogger, and former tenured professor Karen Kelsky, who shares with us her secrets of how you can turn your PH.D into a job. Now you might be thinking ‘I don’t have a PH.D, this is no use to me’. But you would be very wrong indeed as Karen shares a wealth of insight that PH.D or not will blow you socks off. Amongst other topics we cover why being yourself could be holding you back, why you should think again about stating how passionate you are for a subject, and why the job market is just like dating. Whether your academic experience goes up to a PH.D, or if it ended when you were 16 this is an episode you won’t want to miss! As always, all links we discuss and a full transcript are available in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/PHD but without further ado, let’s dive head first into episode 29.

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In episode 28 of the Graduate Job Podcast I speak with NLP Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, Careers Advisor and author Chris Delaney, who opens up his full toolbox of tips and techniques to help you influence the interview. Chris shares his insight into how you can overcome a lack of confidence or negative self-talk, quickly build rapport with the interviewer, and then influence them with the language you use. Chris also shares techniques for how you can negotiate a higher wage and use suggestion to ensure you get a job offer with influencing tricks that would put a Jedi to shame. If you have any sort of job interview coming up, then this is definitely the episode for you. As always, all links we discuss and a full transcript are available in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/influence but without further ado, let’s jump straight in with episode 28.

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We focus down this week for episode 27 and explore one of the biggest and best graduate schemes, which is striving to end educational inequality, as I speak to James Darley, Graduate Recruitment Director at Teach First. We delve into Teach First and particularly its Leadership Development Programme, examining what exactly it is, how you apply, and how you can stand out. We discuss the application process in detail and also cover why even if you are set on the corporate life, why Teach First could be the ideal place to start your career. If you’ve ever thought teaching as a profession this is an episode you won’t want to miss. As always, links to all we discuss and a full transcript are available in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/teachfirst, but let’s not waste any more time and crack straight on with episode 27.

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This week I speak with Simon Reichwald, a true expert in the world of graduate recruitment. Simon is the Director of the Bright Futures Society, and Bright Futures Resourcing, and on the Advisory Council for the Association of Graduate Recruiters. What Simon doesn’t know about graduate recruitment isn’t worth knowing. Today we focus on his work at Bright Futures who are the UKs largest career focussed society. We cover a fair few topics from who Bright Futures are and why you should get involved, why you need differentiate yourself in your job search and how you can go about doing it, through to why now is the best time in the last 7 years to be looking for a job. No matter where you are currently in your job search, this is an episode you won’t want to miss! As always, links to all we discuss and a full transcript are available in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/brightfutures, but let’s not beat around the bush and crack straight on with episode 26.

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This week I speak with Jane Sunley, best-selling author and CEO of people engagement specialists, Purple Cubed. We cover a wide range of topics in this episode, from looking at where you are currently in your career journey, the importance of your values and why you need to be spending some time thinking about them, why and how you should go about getting a career mentor, through to top tips to make your job application stand out! No matter where you are currently in your job search, this is an episode you won’t want to miss! As always, links to all we discuss and a full transcript are available in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/purple, but let’s not waste any more time and crack straight on with episode 25.

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This week I speak with Corinne Mills, bestselling, author and Managing Director of Personal Career Management, as we delve into the topic of how to sell yourself effectively on your job hunt. We explore how and why you should be proactive in selling yourself, the importance of body language and vocal tonality, and share some great tips on how you can begin to share your skills without coming across as arrogant. If you’re currently looking for a job, or even if you’re in work but looking to progress through the ranks, then this is an episode you’re not going to want to miss. As always, links to all we discuss and a full transcript are available in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/sellyourself, but without further ado, let’s dive straight in with episode 24.

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In episode 23 of the Graduate Job Podcast I speak with Stefan Thomas, author of Business Networking for Dummies, and all-round expert on networking. We explore how as a student or recent graduate you can start to network effectively, how and why you should make the first move, and why you need to move out of your comfort zone into your adventure zone. If you think networking is just something other people need to do, or if your networking only currently extends as far as having a LinkedIn profile, then this episode is for you. As always, all links we discuss and a full transcript are available in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/networking. But without further ado, let’s crack on with episode 23.

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Welcome to the 22nd episode of the Graduate Job Podcast.

 

With summer just around the corner, this week we have a special episode dedicated to some of the most fun and most exciting jobs you can do over the summer months. I speak with Oxfam Festival Stewards, Stoke Travel, and Xplore Activity Camps, who each share some amazing opportunities you can do whilst the sun is shining. Apart from being brilliant fun, you will also raise money for charity whilst seeing the best bands in the world, take part in the craziest festivals in Europe, and help educate kids from around the worlds, all the while adding exciting content to your CV. So if your exams have just finished and you’re looking for inspiration, or you’re bored with your part time job and want a summer to remember then this episode is for you. As a reminder, links to everything we discuss can be found on the website at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/summer 

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In episode 21 of the Graduate Job Podcast I speak with Prash Majmudar, Chief Technology Officer for hot London tech start up Growth Intelligence, as he shares with us everything you need to know about how to get a job in data science. Prash delves into all aspects of the recruitment process, from what you need to do to stand out in interviews, to his top tips on how to let your data science skills speak for themselves. It’s well worth listening to no matter what you’re applying for, as Prash’s insights into the application process more generally are priceless. As always, links to all we discuss and a full transcript are available in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/data, but without further ado, let’s crack on with episode 21.

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In episode 20 of the Graduate Job Podcast I speak with Brad Burton, motivational speaker, business owner, and best-selling author, who shares his inspirational story of how he made it in the business world and his many challenges along the way. As a warning Brad pulls no punches with the language he uses, so if you don’t like the odd swear word it’s best that you skip this one. However, if you like your motivation full, frank, and straight between the eyes then this is definitely for you. Brad covers what is holding you back from success, why working for other people is a gamble, and why you should definitely think about starting your own business. As always, links to all we discuss and a full transcript are available in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/arse, but without further ado, sit back, relax, and brace yourself for half an hour with the one and only Brad Burton.

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In episode 19 of the Graduate Job Podcast I speak with former graduate recruiter turned author and career coach Matt Hearnden. As a former graduate recruiter Matt has been freed from the shackles of corporate life, and as such he is able now to spill the beans on what it’s really like to have to wade through thousands of online applications, and conduct hundreds of telephone interviews and assessment centres. Matt doesn’t hold back and shares with us the secrets of exactly what you need to do to get that graduate job, including great advice on why you are probably getting rejected on the online application stage, and the simple tricks to get a yes from the telephone interview. If you are thinking of applying to a large graduate scheme then this is a must listen episode for you.  As always, links to all we discuss and a full transcript are available in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/secrets

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In episode 18 of the Graduate Job Podcast I speak with Brian Sinclair, Graduate Recruitment Manager at EY, as we cover all things related to bagging a graduate job or internship at EY. Brian has decades of graduate recruitment experience and shares exactly what you can expect in the recruitment process, and what you need to do to stand out from the crowd. If you’ve ever thought about applying for a graduate job or internship at EY or any professional services company, then this is the episode for you.  

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In episode 17 of the Graduate Job Podcast I speak with independent LinkedIn trainer Mark Williams, as we cover the topic of how to use LinkedIn in your job search. Mark is a LinkedIn expert and trainer, and host of the podcast LinkedInformed, and he reveals 4 tips which will maximise your profile and accelerate your job search. If you have been thinking about creating a LinkedIn profile, or need to spruce up an existing one, then this episode is for you.  

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In episode 16 of the Graduate Job Podcast I speak with career coach and best-selling author John Lees, as we cover the topic of how to get a job you love. John shares his expert advice on the steps you need to take to find a job and career which will excite you. He reveals the key to networking and insightful questions which you need to ask to ensure that you end up in a job you will love. If you are a current student, or recently graduated but in a job you aren’t happy with, this is the episode for you. 

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In episode 15 of the Graduate Job Podcast I speak with bestselling travel author and gap year expert Susan Griffith, as we cover the topic of how to have a CV enhancing gap year. Susan shares her decades of experience in how to work your way around the world, sharing how to plan and execute an amazing gap year or two. She provides great insight into beginning to plan the gap year, and the best ways to volunteer, teach English and work around the globe. If you’re looking for travel inspiration after your finals, or need excitement and a break from a job that’s not going anywhere, then this episode is for you. 

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In episode 14 of the Graduate Job Podcast I cover the 7 books that I think every job seeking graduate should read. I cover books for all stages of the recruitment and job hunting process, from the beginning when you might not know where to start, through to how to create an amazing CV, and for the final stages of the assessment process of interviews and assessment centres. Everyone is a winner and reading any of them will enhance your job hunting prowess. If you’re currently looking for a book to get your job search back on track, then this is the episode for you. 

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In episode 13 of the Graduate Job Podcast we focus on how to get a job in television, as we speak with author and BBC Talent Manager Elsa Sharp. If you’ve ever thought about a career or job in TV then this episode is perfect for you. It’s well worth listening to no matter what you’re applying for, as Elsa’s insights into work experience, networking and the importance of having the correct attitude are applicable across all industries. So sit back, relax and let’s crack on with episode 13 of the Graduate Job Podcast.

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In episode 12 of the Graduate Job Podcast I speak with bestselling author and PR and branding expert Jennifer Holloway, as we cover the topic of how to create your own personal brand. Jennifer shares why everyone needs to start thinking about their personal brand, no matter what your age or experience. She provides great insight into how you can begin to develop your personal brand, and the best ways for you to share it with the world. If you are a current student or recent graduate then this episode will ensure that you set yourself up for personal branding success. 

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In episode 11 of the Graduate Job Podcast I speak with bestselling author Michael Tefula as we cover the topic of how to stop procrastinating in your search for a job. Michael shares his strategies for recognising the reason why you are procrastinating in your job hunt, and also tips for how you can overcome it. If you have been putting off applying for a job, or have several half-finished online applications, then this is the episode for you.  

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In episode 10 of the Graduate Job Podcast I speak with Lis McGuire, professional CV writer and the founder of Giraffe CVs as delve into all aspects of creating an amazing CV. We go from how to get the CV writing process started through to the language to use, top hints and tips to catch a recruiter’s interest and we even get deep into the specific fonts to use. If you’re creating a new CV or if your existing one needs an update, then this is the episode for you.

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This week I speak with Alastair Paterson, CEO of Digital Shadows, a hot UK tech start-up who are flying in the field of digital security. Alastair shares his considerable experience to tell you exactly what you need to do to get a job with a tech start-up.  We cover all aspects of the recruitment process at a small start-up, from how to get an internship, how to get the job itself, common mistakes people make, how to stand out from the crowd, and finally how then to negotiate yourself some equity.  

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This week on the Graduate Job Podcast I speak with Jack Catherall, Managing Director of GradEye, an innovative social recruitment platform which uses video CVs to connect graduates to employers. We cover all aspects of making a memorable video CV, from how to record it, though to top tips and basic mistakes to avoid. We also explore wider aspects of the recruitment process such as how to make your CV stand out, and amazing tips to wow any CEO. So sit back and enjoy this 8th episode of the Graduate Job Podcast. 

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In this 7th episode of the Graduate Job Podcast we focus on how to get a job in PR, as we speak to PR expert and author Sarah Stimson. If you’ve ever thought about a career and job in PR then this episode will blow your socks off. It’s well worth listening to no matter what you’re applying for as Sarah’s insights into work experience, internships and the application process more generally are priceless. So get yourself ready and let’s crack on with episode 7 of the Graduate Job Podcast.

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In this sixth episode I speak with author and career coach David Shindler, who guides us through the tricky transition period from university to getting a job. Recently graduated and stuck in a rut, or soon to graduate and you want to make the transition process as easy as possible? Then this episode of the Graduate Job Podcast is for you.

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