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LSE Careers exclusive resources – Vault: Career Insider

Vault: Career Insider is an online tool that allows LSE students and alumni access to unlimited and comprehensive careers information and advice including: worldwide company and internship ranking and reviews industry guides, searchable by organisation, location and more career path guidance, including profiles about different occupations advice on resumes, cover letters, interviews and networking company profiles to help you when researching employers jobs and […]

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How to write effective application forms

If you’re applying for jobs then you will have discovered that filling out application forms can take a lot of time and effort. Effective preparation and doing your research will help you to stand out from the crowd though – here are a few tips to help you along the way! Get the basics right This might seem obvious but […]

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5 ways to write great speculative applications

Speculative applications can be an effective way of increasing your chances of getting a job. Essentially they involve crafting well written, tailored CVs and cover letters to an individual in an organisation who is in a position to hire you. The crucial element is that you are not replying to an advertised vacancy, but instead are writing on the off […]

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Alternative CV formats – functional or skills based CVs

As you know, one of the most important elements in your job search toolkit is your CV. If effective, it’ll play a key role in opening doors and ensuring you’re invited to interview. Of course it might be more accurate to talk of CVs. Your CV isn’t a one-off definitive generic document. It needs to be tailored for each individual application. There […]

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How to make a strong graduate application

Writing applications for graduate roles is hard work but we’re here to help and make the process easier. A strong application is the first step towards an interview or assessment centre (or both!) so it’s worth taking the time to prepare. Start with research Read up on the employer, what they offer and what they’re looking for. Read more widely […]

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Managing expectations in your job search and beyond

Have you ever been to see a film that you have waited what seems like an age for, heard masses of hype about, then you’ve been phenomenally disappointed by? Or queued for hours to buy something in the sales (Boxing Day anyone?) then found you can’t get in or everything you want has gone because there were so many other […]

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Different CV for different jobs – why tailored CVs yield better results

Blog by LSE Careers consultant Maddie Smith: Ever seen an advertisement and thought, that’s not targeted at me or conversely really felt it talked to you? Marketers spend fortunes trying to understand consumers and producing adverts encouraging people to buy their products. Well it might seem a strange thing to say but many of the same principals of effective advertising […]

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How to keep your CV to two pages

Many recruiters tell us they get hundreds of applications per vacancy so have to shortlist CVs very quickly. It’s important therefore to keep your CV concise, on one or two pages (unless it’s an academic CV) and tailor it to the role you’re applying for. We often see students who need help with what to cut out of their CV […]

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CV writing for experienced hires

As someone with a few years of work experience, you’ll already have had some success with writing CVs. When rewriting your CV as an experienced hire, it’s important to take a step back and consider the parts of your CV that are still relevant to include for a new audience/level. Rewriting your CV can be a very helpful exercise in […]

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Get CV and interview essentials in just two minutes

Need to write your CV or got an interview coming up? We’ve launched two online video guides to job searching. Designed to give you short and snappy essentials at your finger tips, they focus on how to write an effective CV and how to prepare for an interview. In less than two minutes, get the key concepts of making your […]

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Applications Day: How to write cover letters

Starts: 30 Sep 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 30 Sep 2017 3:00 PM
Cover letters are your opportunity to promote yourself and convince employers that you are the right person for the job. These seminars will help you understand what employers want from your cover letter and show you how to achieve this.

These events are part of Applications Day.

Applications Day: How to write effective application forms

Starts: 30 Sep 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 30 Sep 2017 3:00 PM
​These seminars cover all aspects of completing application forms, from personal details to more in-depth questions and what employers are looking for, so that you can approach them with confidence.

These events are part of Applications Day.

Applications Day: How to write effective CVs

Starts: 30 Sep 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 30 Sep 2017 3:00 PM
Writing an effective CV is important for success during the recruitment process. Attend this seminar to find out how to tailor your CV to the employer and position in order to make it stand out. This seminar is aimed at students who do not have a lot of experience writing a CV.

Applications Day: CVs for experienced hires

Starts: 30 Sep 2017 12:00 PM
Finishes: 30 Sep 2017 3:00 PM
When you have several years professional experience, it can be a challenge to know how best to present it. These seminars will look at different CV formats and techniques for presenting yourself effectively, and are aimed at postgraduates with a number of years professional work experience.

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