How to make your Cover Letter appealing to employers

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Internships are valuable and more and more students are undertaking them.  According to Laura Noonan, from the Financial Times, the number of applications for internships from both students and graduates has globally risen by more than 40% since 2012. This is a serious competition. In this blog, we will give you some ideas on what you can do in order to enrich your CV.

Past Experience

First fear students often have when applying for their placement or internship ‘do I have enough experience, I am a junior, what do I do?’   This is a real issue, therefore you must prepare yourself prior to your internship. Many companies provide summer internship programs where you can either work part time or shadow employees – do it! Yes, you’re sacrificing your last summer of freedom, but this experience could prove to be the reason why you secure your internship over other students.

Volunteering

Hiring managers go through hundreds if not thousands of CV’s every day, so you must make your CV and experience stand out from your competitors and volunteering is a perfect way to do that. It shows employers that you have interests beyond academics, that you are a human and not a machine. It also shows your loyalty to an organisation – you are performing work for which you are not being paid and it is fully optional. Volunteering is something every student should consider to build on their CV but most importantly feel better by knowing that you are helping to make a change. You can apply for these online or at your University.

Extracurricular activities

University provides a broad range of extracurricular activities from the Literature Book Club to American Football Society. By participating in these clubs, you are improving your skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership – it is a perfect opportunity to develop and build new skills. It also shows the employer that you are dedicated and well organised, you are willing to invest your time into projects outside of your normal day to day routine aka you are willing to go that extra mile. It is also another thing you can add to your CV under skills and interests.

Courses at University

Universities have additional classes that you can attend throughout the year. My university had a series of lectures called “Meet an Entrepreneur” which were presentations delivered by real business owners and entrepreneurs that have given me further insight on start-ups. There are classes on how to effectively use Excel, on how to develop your marketing skills, how to write a CV – every university holds some sort of classes, talks, courses that you can attend in order to gain more skills which can enrich your CV and give you that edge over other students.

Additional Languages

In this day and age, many people are bilingual and able to communicate effectively in more than one language; many students now choose to learn a second (third, fourth, fifth…you get the idea) language to boost their chances for employment. More and more business are becoming international thanks to the internet and the modern world and those companies seek multilingual employees who can communicate effectively with possible partners and clients all over the globe. According to Janet Fowler on Investopedia, these are the languages you should try and learn in order to broaden your career opportunities; Spanish, French, Mandarin, Arabic, German or Portuguese.

These are only some of the tips that can help you to build on your experience and make your more appealing to employers – all of this can be achieved while you are still studying at your university.  Remember this could be the difference between securing an internship or not.

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Top 10 reasons to choose Leeds for your placement year

 

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Located in the north of England Leeds is becoming one of the most popular locations for placement students here in the UK. The city has so much to offer, a lively nightlife, plenty of cultural activities, unbeatable shopping and convenient transport links. Here are just some of the reasons why you should consider spending your placement year in Leeds. Read more

Remembrance Day

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Bonfire Night

 

It’s the 5th of November in the UK. People all going crazy about fireworks and burning some guy in a bonfire, and you are there wondering ‘Where have I ended up?’. Do not sweat it. It’s a totally normal thing, well at least here, and a pretty nice holiday to be honest. There are firework displays in all cities, towns and villages, bonfires and loads of food and drink for everyone to go round. Some call it ‘Bonfire night’, others know it as ‘Guy Fawkes Day’ or even ‘Firework Night’, it’s all the same holiday. Read more

Cooking – Easy and on a budget!

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We all look forward to leaving the comfortable nest we call home. We grow up and the time comes when we need to spread our wings and take care of ourselves, gulp!  Once you move out, everything is sweet, you don’t have to clean daily, leave dishes to “soak in” for a couple of days, listen to loud music 24/7…the list is endless! Life is great until you realise you can’t cook and you might just not survive on dry chicken and over cooked rice for very long…

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You got that placement offer! Finally. Well, congratulations you deserve it! You might be lucky enough not to have to relocate, but the majority of people would have to move to another city, county or even a whole new country. With that come along loads of things that need to be considered and one of them is how to actually get to this new place. Read more