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Start a blog and land your next job!

Instead of spending ages designing and tailoring your CV to stand out in the pile, why not consider actually doing something that will make you different from all of the other job candidates? One of the best ways to show your passion for a particular industry and your knowledge of a specific area is to write a blog and believe it or not writing a blog may be just what you need to do to score your next job.

Start a blog and make your job application stand out for all the right reasons.

Start a blog and make your job application stand out for all the right reasons.

Not your average CV

Whilst pretty much every job seeker has a CV (or at least they should have) not everyone owns a blog. The great thing about writing and publishing blog posts is that it demonstrates the skills, knowledge and passion you claim to have on your CV. It shows that you are far more interested in the line of work than the other candidates and is sure to impress employers.

Improve your digital footprint

Today it is common for employers to vet potential employees by performing Google searches. If a prospective employer ‘Googles’ your name and finds your blog, they are going to be so much more impressed than if a drunken Facebook photo of you on your mate’s stag-do appears. Remember that everything you put online leaves a digital footprint and unless you make your social media pages private, they can be explored by employers and could do you a disservice.

Present yourself as an industry expert

One of the great things about writing a blog is that it shows you have in-depth knowledge of a particular subject. It will inform employers that you are up to date with the latest industry trends and news and know exactly what is going on. Writing an industry-relevant blog will help present you as an expert and show employers that you are much more valuable to them than the candidate next to you.

You’ll instantly become more interesting

If you think about how many CVs and job applications employers have to go through, you will understand why they get bored so quickly. By writing a blog and including the URL on your CV, you will instantly become more interesting to employers. Not only will it give them something else to look at, aside from yet another CV, but it will also give you something additional to talk about when you inevitably land an interview!

You’ll be surprised at how useful your blog is when it comes to answering interview questions and it will often be able to make up for a lack of experience elsewhere.

Employers have become increasingly interested in industry bloggers.

Employers have become increasingly interested in industry bloggers.

Setting up a blog

Setting up a blog could not be easier. There are plenty of free blogging platforms online, with two of the most popular being Blogger and WordPress. If you are just starting out and want to use your blog for job seeking purposes, you don’t necessarily need a fancy design or domain, just make sure your content is top notch!

Conclusion

With so many benefits, it’s a wonder that everyone hasn’t already jumped on the blogging bandwagon. If you are looking for a way to make yourself stand out from other candidates or simply want to show employers how passionate you are about the industry you work in; blogging is the way to do it.

If you have already got a blog and are ready to use it to land your next job role, be sure to check out YourJobList. Applying for jobs can be extremely time consuming, but having a dedicated tool to manage your job applications and assist your job hunt can make the process a whole lot easier.

 

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The Top Five Best Employers in Europe (Bloomberg Video)

Take a look at this Bloomberg Video showing the best five employers in Europe.

KPMG, Procter & Gamble, Ernst & Young, L’Oreal and in the number one slot – no suprises, it’s Google!

Check out the original article over at Here is the City.


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The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers

Now in its fifteenth year, The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers is the definitive guide to Britain’s most respected and sought–after graduate employers.

The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers

The new Top 100 rankings have been compiled from face-to-face interviews
with 17,737 graduates, who left UK universities in the summer of 2012,
who were asked the open-ended question “Which employer do you
think offers the best opportunities for graduates?”.

The List

Last year’s position is in (brackets).

1 (1) PwC
2 (2) Deloitte
3 (3) KPMG
4 (7) Teach First
5 (4) Aldi
6 (5) NHS
7 (8) Civil Service
8 (10) Ernst & Young
9 (6) BBC
10 (11) John Lewis Partnership
11 (9) Accenture
12 (20) Tesco
13 (12) HSBC
14 (21) Google
15 (13) Goldman Sachs
16 (14) Barclays
17 (16) BP
18 (15) GlaxoSmithKline
19 (24) Unilever
20 (23) J.P. Morgan
21 (18) P & G
22 (17) RBS
23 (22) Army
24 (19) IBM
25 (26) Rolls-Royce
26 (60) Jaguar Land Rover
27 (53) Apple
28 (27) M & S
29 (28) Barclays Inv Bank
30 (25) L’Oréal
31 (29) Allen & Overy
32 (38) Lidl
33 (48) Microsoft
34 (34) Morgan Stanley
35 (31) Shell
36 (30) BAE Systems
37 (37) Arup
38 (32) Lloyds Banking Group
39 (33) Sainsbury’s
40 (35) McKinsey & Company
41 (41) >Sky
42 (50) WPP
43 (42) Linklaters
44 (59) Citi
45 (36) Clifford Chance
46 (45) BT
47 (91) Nestlé
48 (55) Deutsche Bank
49 (44) Slaughter and May
50 (54) MI5
51 (52) Network Rail
52 (57) Freshfields
53 (61) Atkins
54 (56) Credit Suisse
55 (71) McDonald’s
56 (New) European Commission
57 (67) Bain & Company
58 (75) Co-operative Group
59 (64) DLA Piper
60 (40) Mars
61 (46) UBS
62 (89) Santander
63 (62) Boots
64 (79) Asda
65 (77) Boston Consulting
66 (98) nucleargraduates
67 (74) Bank of America
68 (80) Bloomberg
69 (43) Centrica
70 (49) Local Government
71 (51) Arcadia Group
72 (65) Royal Navy
73 (70) Herbert Smith
74 (72) Foreign Office
75 (90) Penguin
76 (39) Cancer Research UK
77 (47) ExxonMobil
78 (New) British Airways
79 (68) Police
80 (New) Towers Watson
81 (58) Saatchi & Saatchi
82 (78) Transport for London
83 (84) Diageo
84 (95) National Grid
85 (New) Norton Rose
86 (63) Oxfam
87 (73) Airbus
88 (81) Grant Thornton
89 (88) Savills
90 (New) GE
91 (87) E.ON
92 (New) British Sugar
93 (69) RAF
94 (85) Oliver Wyman
95 (New) Lloyd’s
96 (82) EDF Energy
97 (86) Kraft Foods
98 (New) BDO
99 (New) DFID
100 (99) Hogan Lovells

Check out the website here; http://www.top100graduateemployers.com/


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Campus Recruitment – 35 Top Hiring Firms

Here is a really useful list of some of the major Financial Services employers currently doing the rounds on campus and a link to their graduate recruitment website. You will soon be able to quickly and easily access this information from within YourJobList.com. Currently we don’t expose the URL for an employers graduate job page, just the main recruitment page.

Aon

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AXA

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Bank of America

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Bank of New York Mellon

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BlackRock

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BNP Paribas

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Citi

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Commerzbank

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Credit Suisse

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Deutsche Bank

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Excelian

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Fidelty International

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Goldman Sachs

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Henderson

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Houlihan Lokey

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HSBC

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ICAP

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ING

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Investec

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J.P. Morgan

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M&G Investments

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Macquarie

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Man Group Plc

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Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International

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Morgan Stanley

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Nomura

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Royal Bank of Scotland

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Santander

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Schroders

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Societe Generale

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Standard Chartered Bank

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Susquehanna International Group

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TD Securities

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Trafigura

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UBS

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See the full post over at HereIsTheCity.


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Older Generation Forced To Embrace New Job Search Technologies

Dragged kicking and screaming, maybe. But online job search and the use of social networks in order to find employment is no longer just the preserve of Generation Y.

When job boards first came onto the scene a few years back, they were given a wide berth by most anyone over the age of 35. The ‘older generation’ were quite comfortable with what they regarded as the personal relationships they enjoyed with a trusted recruiter or headhunter, and viewed the internet with some suspicion when it came to searching for a new job.

‘It was mainly a trust thing’, says James Brookner, CEO of social networking job website Jobvidi, ‘Experienced professionals were used to dealing face-to-face with recruiters when considering a career move, or trying to gauge where the market was at’. But that’s all changed, Brookner says, as Gen X has had to overcome its fears and embrace new technologies in order to stay in the game.

‘The depressed employment market and the fierce competition for jobs these days has meant that jobseekers who had previously relied on personal connections to get a job have needed to familiarise themselves with online job search tools too. They have had to understand that new job search technologies are an essential part of their strategy’, Brookner added.

‘Gen X’s engagement with online job technologies not only indicates that more seasoned professionals are now better able to cope with these tools, but is a reflection of the challenging economic climate’, says Brookner, ‘It’s a case of evolve, or die’.

What do you think? Are you part of the ‘older generation’, if so I’d love to hear your thoughts?

Credit to HereIsTheCity, check out the original article for more details.


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Top 25 most difficult interviews

Glassdoor has come up with a list of the top 25 most difficult companies to interview with. Here are the top 10;

1. McKinsey & Co

2. Boston Consulting Group

3. Oliver Wyman

4. A.T. Kearney

5. ZS Associates

6. ThoughtWorks

7. Bain & Co

8. Shell

9. Google

10. Unisys

See the full list and the original article here.


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Unique Job Tracking Methods for Success

So you’ve found yourself back in the market of looking for a new job. In order to stay one step ahead of the game and ensure that you’re up to date with the progress of each and every application you make, it is vital that the most time efficient and functional tools be utilised to keep the headache out of job hunting. To be most successful it is recommended that a job application tracking system be implemented to careful monitor your progress throughout this process.

We’ve all experienced the flurry of activity involved in researching, selecting and applying for new jobs. The applications are sent out, we move onto the next job and then we sit and wait for the responses and invitations to interview to come in. Over time, it can become very easy to lose track of where we are with each individual application or even which position links to which company and the specific skills and achievements we’ve relayed to each of them about ourselves.

To avoid embarrassment, particularly when called on the telephone by potential employers, it is essential to have a system in place that allows you to clearly refer to your job application record and identify exactly where you are at any given stage. Some people like to organise themselves by using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, which is a useful, if not time-consuming tool that allows you to keep your recruitment history organised. However, this method takes a reasonable amount of motivation to set up and complete on an ongoing basis and is only as useful as your commitment to regular data entry.

Thankfully, with the advances in technology and the move towards integrated online systems there is now a new option available to optimize your job hunting potential all in one place. Imagine a system that lists hundreds of jobs from top recruiters across the country, updated daily and covering all industries. No longer do you need to trawl the many different websites of recruitment agencies and top employers to check out the latest job opportunities available. At YourJobList.com everything is provided on one website.

Not only does this save you time and energy in registering and making searches on the different websites but it also ensures that you never miss out on the latest new job posting. Add to this a built-in job tracking device that saves and manages your applications every step of the way and you are well on your way to recruitment tracking heaven. Each position you apply for, no matter through which agency, is logged onto your account, available for you to view at any time and check the progress of your application at any stage. It’s as simple as that.

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With this user-friendly job application tracker system in place it becomes easy to set yourself simple goals to maximise your recruitment success. For example, you may decide that you want to apply for four jobs per week, or follow-up on every application two weeks after submission, or send a thank you letter two days after each interview you attend. This virtual tool simplifies the achievement of such goals and is more likely to make your employment dreams become a reality.

Can you afford to not give it a try? Give YourJobList.com a try today, it’s free!