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How to get your volunteering started

People often talk about why they volunteer. From benefiting communities and making a positive change, to finding new friends and developing skills: everyone has their own reasons why volunteering is for them, and all are valid. We talk a lot about the benefits of volunteering but often less about the how. Maybe you have decided you’d like to volunteer but are not sure […]


Six reasons your CV might be holding you back

Guest blog from Aspire, a graduate recruiter in the media, sales, marketing, digital and creative sectors. The internet is filled with endless tips on how to put together the ideal CV so why don’t we focus on what NOT to include in your CV instead? These tips are just as important, and will ensure you are putting yourself across in the […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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Case study masterclasses with former Bain consultant

Starts: 9 Nov 2018 9:30 AM
Finishes: 18 Jan 2019 11:30 AM
A series of masterclasses with an Ana Hernandez Rubio (an experienced management consultant) to help you improve your case study performance. You must have a case study interview coming up in order to book a place.

Coffee Morning: Careers in International Development

Starts: 18 Jan 2019 8:30 AM
Finishes: 18 Jan 2019 10:00 AM
Remaining places: 44
This coffee morning is for students aspiring to work in International Development Consultancies, Charities and NGOs, and is open to all degree disciplines. Come and learn what it takes to succeed in this sector from those in the know.

How to write cover letters

Starts: 18 Jan 2019 1:00 PM
Finishes: 18 Jan 2019 2:00 PM
Remaining places: 96
Cover letters are your opportunity to promote yourself and convince employers you are the right person for the job. This seminar will help you understand what employers want from your cover letter and show you how to achieve this.

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Can business be more than a profit maximiser?

Starts: 18 Jan 2019 4:00 PM
Finishes: 18 Jan 2019 6:00 PM
Erinch Sahan is Chief Executive at The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).

This event is part of the Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking & Practice series.

One-off volunteering: Young at Heart

Starts: 18 Jan 2019 5:00 PM
Finishes: 18 Jan 2019 9:30 PM
Fully booked. Join the waiting list to be notified if places become available.
Coin Street are looking for warm and friendly volunteers to join their team for the annual seniors party, Young at Heart 2018. Your role will be to welcome guests, take coats, help serve a delicious dinner and support the cleaning and tidying up.

How to perform well at interviews

Starts: 21 Jan 2019 12:00 PM
Finishes: 21 Jan 2019 1:00 PM
Remaining places: 1
This interactive workshop will give you the opportunity to review your interview preparation approach, formulate suitable answers, and practise your technique.

Volunteering – how, what, why and when?

Starts: 21 Jan 2019 1:00 PM
Finishes: 21 Jan 2019 2:00 PM
Remaining places: 46
Come along to this seminar to find out how you can get involved in volunteering whilst you are studying at LSE and what opportunities are available.

Applying for an EC Traineeship

Starts: 21 Jan 2019 4:00 PM
Finishes: 21 Jan 2019 5:00 PM
Remaining places: 146
This seminar is a step-by-step guide to applying for an internship at the European Commission, led by LSE Careers. It offers an introduction to the EC stage recruitment process, including researching individual DGs, selecting useful content for the application form, lobbying and offer acceptance.

LSE #CharityTuesday: Solidarity Sports

Starts: 22 Jan 2019 11:00 AM
Finishes: 22 Jan 2019 2:00 PM
Come and meet Solidarity Sports outside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and find out more about their exciting volunteering opportunities.

How to master presentations

Starts: 22 Jan 2019 12:00 PM
Finishes: 22 Jan 2019 1:00 PM
Remaining places: 25
Many recruitment processes require you to deliver a presentation so employers can assess your communication skills. Learn how to plan and deliver a coherent, persuasive message, and increase your personal impact in front of employers in this workshop.

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