Top tips for getting the most out of LinkedIn

After our Employer Showcase, you might be thinking about how to build on the connections you made with potential employers.

 

We’re here to show you everything you need to know to get the most out of LinkedIn and start making valuable industry connections.

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LinkedIn is a social media site for professionals where you can network with others in your sector, keep up to date with industry news, and host a kind of online CV that showcases all your best work, achievements and experience. However, to really benefit from the site it’s best to go above and beyond, and actively use it to seek out opportunities and connections.

With that in mind, here are four tips on how to make the most of LinkedIn.

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Your ultimate guide to careers fairs

It’s here! The  Employer Showcase, our Autumn careers fair, takes place this week on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 October, from 12:30 pm to 4 pm, at Bristol Beacon.

Whether you’ve just started university or you’re gearing up for graduation, the Employer Showcase will have something for you.

It’s worth taking advantage of these opportunities whilst they’re readily available to you, even if you have no idea what you’re planning on doing after your studies. Have a snoop and see what appeals to you. If you know exactly what you want to do: great! Come along and network with employers from a whole range of industries.

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Get Hired! After the fair.

We welcomed over 1200 of you to Bristol Beacon for Get Hired! on Wednesday 4 May.

Watching you all network with employers and getting to give you face-to-face careers advice was a real treat; we are so happy to have in-person events back.

Attending Get Hired! is just the beginning though; It’s what you do after the fair that can maximise your chances of growing your network, finding a mentor, or securing a coveted graduate role. The employers at Get Hired! were blown away by the calibre of students attending, so it’s important to capitalise on your dazzling networking skills and keep that momentum going. (more…)

Prepare for the fair!

https://mycareer.bristol.ac.uk/leap/events.html?filters=dynamicstringslc_eventtype%3acareers+fairs&clearStoredSelections=true&service=Careers%20ServiceWith Get Hired! 2022 just around the corner (two days, people!), it’s time to ditch the office chair and prepare for the fair! With employers lined up to hire Bristol’s best and brightest for their part-time roles, internships, and graduate positions, here are some ways you can be ready to make the most of the opportunity.

Plan your visit

Roll up, roll up, it’s our first in person Careers Fair in two years! Do we have employers and job opportunities packing Bristol Beacon to the brim? Absolutely! But we also have a LinkedIn Photo Booth, a Career Service Zone dedicated to giving you individualised advice to help get you hired. We also have our PGR Careers advisor waiting to meet postgrad research students! So, make sure you arrive with enough time to make the most of everything that Get Hired! 2022 has to offer! (more…)

Small companies, BIG opportunities!

Get Hired!, our first in-person careers fair in over two years, is just around the corner!

With so many employers lining up to recruit University of Bristol students, we have some tips to help you give some serious thought to the kind of place you’d like to launch your career or spend your summer. You’re probably already checking out the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) attending and our internship schemes. Read on to find out why good things really can come in small packages. 

Different and dynamic 

Small, independent companies are always looking to hire dynamic individuals ready to take on a variety of tasks. (more…)

Get Hired! In-person careers fairs are BACK!

Cressida, year 2 Law (MA), has been working as a Career Peer Support Assistant at the Careers Service since September 2021. She has worked predominantly with the Employer Engagement Team, which build relationships with employers and create networking and job hunting opportunities for you through careers fairs, skills sessions, and much more.  

“It’s been two long years of virtual events, but, kick off your slippers (let’s face it, they’ve seen better days), rummage through the depths of your wardrobe for something other than pyjama bottoms, and step into the light! Our flagship careers event is back; it’s in person, and with over 70 employers from a variety of sectors, it’s all designed for you to Get Hired!” (more…)

Five things you can get from our upcoming Sector Spotlight Series

Meeting with employers does involve networking – which we know can seem terrifying! But don’t let that put you off coming to talk to some of the 300 plus employers that come to Careers Service events every year. There’s so much you get from coming along. Here’s our top five:

1. Productive research

Coming along to a large scale employer event, like one of our Sector Spotlight Series (27 October to 11 November) events, is a great way to get a lot of information quickly. There’s no better bang for your buck than being able to research multiple employers on the same day.

2. Insider information

As you’ll be speaking directly with employers, you get the inside scoop on the work culture and can get answers to questions that aren’t on their website or FAQs list. Employer representatives might include recent Bristol graduates who can tell you all about their work. Come and get the gossip!

3. Work experience opportunities

Employers come to our events because they want to hire Bristol students. They will have work experience and internships on offer as well as graduate jobs. Recruiters will often hire people to their full time roles that have completed work experience with them, so you can get in there early.

4. Get ahead

Meeting employers in person (even if that is through Zoom!) is the best way to make a good impression. The people you meet might be a future interviewer, so you can make a good contact and start to stand out from the crowd early on. You can also ask for tips on making applications 👍

5. Something for everyone

It doesn’t matter if you’re starting to explore your options or ready to apply for opportunities, you can get useful information from an employer. The range of employers we connect with is huge – large and small, local and international – and from a huge array of sectors.

At our Sector Spotlight Series, you can meet employers from:

  • Banking and Finance – 27 October
  • Law – 28 October
  • Consultancy – 29 October
  • Public Sector – 3 November
  • Engineering – 4 November
  • Technology and Data – 5 November
  • Consumer Goods and Retail – 10 November
  • Sciences – 11 November

👋 We look forward to seeing you there!

And if you’re worried about networking, use our resources to build your confidence, our elevator pitch builder to prepare your introduction, and our how to prepare guide for ideas about questions to ask. Remember, you can always ask your Careers Service for help through our live chat too.

🎪 All the fun of the (careers) fair

❤ Employers love Bristol students

Your Careers Service connects you with employers – large and small, local and international. Every year we link Bristol students and graduates to over 300 employers, and are one of the top five most targeted UK universities by employers (High Fliers).

We’ve been in this position for the last ten years, so we’re not going to let this new, mostly digital world stop us! This autumn term, we are bringing over 100 employers directly to you through our Careers Showcase Week and Autumn Fair (19 to 23 October).

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Careers Fairs – not just for students

Students at Careers Fair

Why do so many careers fairs take place in the Autumn?  

Simple: it’s when larger organisations’ graduate recruitment schemes are open for applications and they want to engage with as many potential candidates as possible. If an organisation is seeking to take several candidates on at the same time, it makes sense to gain exposure and raise awareness, before the application deadline:  (more…)

Five reasons to come to Get Hired!

  1. Employers are there to recruit you 

We have a range of employers attending – from small to large, from Bristol and beyond. They are there because they want to recruit University of Bristol students and have immediate vacancies to start this summer. Make the most of this opportunity! Use the app to research employers in advance and target the ones most relevant to you.  (more…)