Grad­u­ate to a job

The Jewish Chronicle - - Classified -

THE FI­NAL year at univer­sity can be one of the most stress­ful times in a young per­son’s life. As well as fac­ing the hur­dles of fi­nal ex­ams and dis­ser­ta­tion dead­lines, stu­dents have to start think­ing in earnest about their next step af­ter univer­sity. To add to this, the grad­u­ate job mar­ket is in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive, with a larger num­ber of grad­u­ates ap­ply­ing for the top po­si­tions.

Many job-seek­ing fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able to stu­dents via univer­sity ca­reers ser­vices and grad­u­ate em­ploy­ment fairs, but th­ese can be over­whelm­ing and of­ten they are avail­able only dur­ing term-time, when a stu­dent’s sched­ule is most de­mand­ing.

This is where the Em­ploy­ment Re­source Cen­tre (ERC) can help. Based in East Finch­ley (North Lon­don), the ERC is a char­ity that ex­ists to help any workready mem­ber of the Jewish com­mu­nity who is look­ing for em­ploy­ment, by giv­ing free, con­fi­den­tial ad­vice.

The ERC of­fers re­cent grad­u­ates and those in their fi­nal year at univer­sity the op­por­tu­nity to come on a two-day course to learn more about how to in­cor­po­rate their ex­ist­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of vol­un­tary work and ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties into an at­ten­tion-grab­bing CV.

The course also gives tips on in­ter­view skills, spec­u­la­tive ap­pli­ca­tions, writ­ing ap­pli­ca­tion forms and ac­cess­ing the hid­den job mar­ket.

The ERC will also pro­vide clients with a per­sonal ad­vi­sor, who will work with them to iden­tify what they want from their ca­reer and — when the time comes — to pre­pare for in­ter­views.

Job-hunt­ing as a grad­u­ate can be daunt­ing. Katie, a maths grad­u­ate, was un­able to find a grad­u­ate place­ment, months af­ter com­plet­ing her de­gree. Katie heard about the ERC through UJS and she at­tended a two-day sem­i­nar there, where she learned how to use her con­sid­er­able ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar and vol­un­tary ac­tiv­i­ties to her ad­van­tage in cre­at­ing a win­ning CV.

Af­ter sub­mit­ting her CV to a num­ber of com­pa­nies, Katie found a grad­u­ate in­tern­ship with a City firm.

An­other stu­dent, David, found the ERC’s course use­ful in help­ing him hone his CV when he was look­ing for a work place­ment, as part of his year in in­dus­try.

He com­mented, “I hadn’t thought that com­pa­nies would take spec­u­la­tive ap­pli­ca­tions, but I tried send­ing my CV to a few places fol­low­ing the ERC course and very soon af­ter­wards I had a re­ply and a place­ment”. The ERC’s grad­u­ate course runs on De­cem­ber 17 and 19, 2007. To book a place, con­tact the ERC on 020 8883 1000 or email of­fice@er­centre.org

ERC sem­i­nars help ap­pli­cants make the most of their abil­i­ties

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