Category: careers advice

Careers insights, updates and news from the Careers Service at the University of Reading.   

Challenging application form questions

Why do you want this job? Why do you want to work for this organisation? What would you bring to the job? How will you add value to the organisation? What sets you apart from other candidates? Give me an example of where you have worked in a team, solved a challenging problem, motivated someone… …

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Improve your CV with these 4 volunteering ideas!

This post has been provided by a third party – please read our disclaimer. The summer break is a great time to reflect on how you have developed during the last academic year and how you want to improve your career prospects outside of your degree. You may already have some work experience lined up, …

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CV Checklist

Whether you have already written a CV or are due to write one, this checklist can guide you to ensure that your CV has or will have all the attributes required to gain the competitive edge with recruiters and course leaders, and secure the interview you want. The checklist questions are split into the main …

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Cover Letter Checklist

This checklist is designed to help you plan and review your covering letters for jobs and further study. It will give you all the key attributes that recruiters and course leaders typically seek in a covering letter, allowing you to ensure yours hits the right note and gets you to the next stage. To print …

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How to ace a Skype interview!

Travelling globally for work  is commonplace today and has led to big changes to the employment process – particularly the dreaded interview! Skype interviews have become a standard for HR departments even though the conventions might seem alien to first-time students or young professionals. Viking employs over 1,300 people and operates in over 11 countries worldwide …

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