Posts about: Guest posts

My BUNAC experience in the United States

25 November 2013

Thanks to Anthony Alker for this guest post. Anthony (@anthonyalker)  is  a TV & Radio student at the university, who spent last summer working in America.

Anthony enjoying his BUNAC ranch experience

Anthony enjoying his BUNAC ranch experience

“This Summer I spent 4 months working in America. I worked in a hospitality role on a ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was one of the best times of my life. I never thought I was ever going to be able to work in America, even though it was only for 4 months, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to others. The whole experience was so much more than the job I did while I was there.

I found out about BUNAC when I was in my 1st year and thought about finding out more about BUNAC and maybe going abroad during the summer after that year but I wasn’t sure if I could be brave enough to go to America on my own but after doing it this summer just after my second year, I wish I had done it the year before as well. read more

How to Make The Most of Experience Studying Abroad

5 September 2013

This is a guest post from across the Atlantic written by Ben Thomas. He writes about the benefits of studying abroad.

The decision to study abroad can be a tricky one. Even if you’re intrigued by the mystery and adventure of a new land, it’s not always easy to bid a temporary goodbye to friends and family, and set off on a voyage into the unknown. In the midst of so many new sights, sounds and smells, it can also be easy to lose sight of the “study” part of studying abroad. But immersion in a new culture doesn’t have to be overwhelming; and a surprising number of your experiences abroad – even those that don’t feel like study or work – can pay off in future job interviews if you know which aspects to emphasize. So here are three ways to make sure your experience studying abroad translates into a booster for your resumé and career. read more

Scared of Graduating? Don’t be!

22 April 2013

This is a guest post from Katherine Hackett from i-to-i on how TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) can help bolster your CV.

Graduation is imminent and you’re due to leave the student bubble that you’ve been living in for the last three years. Worried about the daily grind?  Scared that no-one will give you a chance to worry about the daily grind? Growing youth unemployment and expensive student loans driving the fear? Well, don’t worry because there is one graduate market crying out for employees…

With over 1 billion people learning English worldwide TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is an increasingly popular way to spend a year or two. It’s also the sort of job that sees you spending your weekends lounging on an exotic beach or visiting ancient temples. But, how can TEFL help to boost your CV and your chances of employability back home? Here’s how: read more

So, You Want to Become a Police Officer?

27 November 2012

We’ve been doing well for guest posts recently – thanks to the good folks who are prepared to share their knowledge with us. This post comes from Richard McMunn who is the director and founder of How2become, a specialist careers site.

“A career as a police officer can be varied, stimulating and rewarding, and the benefits include a two-year training programme and excellent career development opportunities. According to the Guardian, around 30 per cent of police officers are graduates, so if you’re interested in joining their ranks, you can apply to your local police force right after graduation. Applicants must be at least 18 years old to join the police, and although there is no age limit, the police force retirement age is 60, so if you are close to that age, your application will most likely get rejected. There are some recruitment schemes just for graduates, the Metropolitan Police have one, but most graduates will apply in the regular way competing with non-graduates. read more

What Graduate Job Seekers should look for in a Recruitment Agency?

23 November 2012

This is a guest post submitted to us from an actual recruitment agent, sharing some advice about how to make most effective use of an agency for your job search. She also highlights some of the good practice you should be looking out for.

You can also go to my colleague Tahira Majothi’s post “Can recruitment agencies help or hinder my career”,  not to mention our advice pages for using recruitment agencies on the Careers website. Generally we’d advise you to use agencies that are a member of Recruitment and Employment Confederation.  So look out for their logo.

“Recruitment agencies have become increasingly common in the United Kingdom over the past few decades. While having a wide selection of agencies to choose from is good news for candidates, it has also become more challenging to decide which agencies are truly worth working with. read more

How to Manage Anxiety and Panic Attacks at a Job Interview?

7 November 2012

Over the years I have met a small but significant number of students who experience much more than the average interview nerves.  For our Salford readers, I’d recommend that you take advantage of the services our counselling and wellbeing team can offer you if you suffer from anxiety – especially if you want to use specific strategies, e.g., bringing on a panic attack, which it’s best to do with the help of a therapist/counsellor.  And don’t forget you can also get help with practice with interviews by seeing a member of our Careers & Employability team. We will happily give you a mock interview and hour-long appointments are available for this. However, I was pleased to receive this guest post from Ryan Rivera who writes with considerable experience about panic disorder and other mental health issues at Calm Clinic. He goes into detail on specific coping strategies which are really useful. “Living with panic attacks is difficult enough as it is. You may find yourself out with your friends and experiencing a panic attack, triggering worries that your friends will judge you or that you’ll be humiliated. Yet in the end, once the panic attack is over, you know that your friends are still going to be there for you and their opinion of you is not likely to change. But when you have a panic attack at a job interview, it can be an immensely stressful experience. Not only do you have to deal with the tremendous pressures of a panic attack, but you also have to try to salvage the interview, knowing that your panic attack may play a role. The Fear of Panic Once you feel a panic attack coming on, there is very little that you can do to control it. What makes it more problematic is that fearing a panic attack can cause a panic attack, and those with panic disorder are likely to worry about how they handle themselves during the interview. That’s why there are two steps towards reducing the chances a panic attack will affect your interview: Reducing the likelihood of experiencing a panic attack  and controlling the severity of the panic attack read more

Styling tips for job interviews

24 October 2012

This is a guest post, kindly sent to us by Danielle Birch writing on behalf of, an online fashion retailer! So no surprises, she’s keen to encourage you to put some extra effort into what you wear for a job interview. I’d be the first to agree that having an interview outfit that makes you feel confident is an absolute MUST. What to wear is certainly something students do ask us so I thought this would be a nice post to share.

“All  of you as students and graduates will face a job interview  at some point in your life. You will spend a lot of time on preparations for the possible questions, and making sure your answers are as polished  as possible. However, one thing that it’s easy to overlook is what you’re going to wear. It may seem trivial to think about what you’re going to wear but your appearance and body language will make the first impression. As there are so many suitable candidates for job roles, your first impression can make all the difference. read more

Confessions of a Graduate Jobseeker…

28 September 2012

This is a brilliant guest blog from University of Salford Graduate Anna, who now works for a social media and digital job listings board @BubbleJobs. The idea of the guest post came from a Twitter conversation I had with Anna, when  it transpired she was a Salford Alumni 🙂

As you know we’re always pleased to receive guest blogs from our students and graduates and to hear them doing so well. I think Anna’s experiences may resonate with you or at least provide some food for thought and aid your own job search.

By Anna @BubbleJobs

If you’re applying for countless jobs and all you’re getting is an inbox of polite rejections and you’ve read countless advice pages on how to sell yourself to employers but nothing seems to be working, this blog post is definitely worth a read! read more

From Part-time to Professional: Top tips for graduate level CVs

17 August 2012

Many thanks to Charlee Owen, Graduate Recruitment Bureau for writing this guest post for us. Some top tips here on how to make your professional graduate level CV work for you.

Applying for a graduate job will often be the first time you construct a professional impression of yourself. Whether aiming for postgraduate education or entry level employment, the CV approach is a far stretch from the casual work many are used to. Steve Agace, Associate Director at the Graduate Recruitment Bureau shares his insight into making sure the limelight is shining exactly where you want it.

It’s vital to be relevant. “It’s important to remember that a CV is essentially a sales document so should talk to its audience. A well thought out CV will begin with a career objective tailored to the specific role that you are going for”. However, be careful. If you apply for an accounting job with a CV focused towards a career in marketing you’re not going to convince anyone you’re passionate for the industry. “The CV itself should do all the talking. Don’t assume the cover letter will always be read, especially as the vast majority of applications are made online now. Many will only really read the cover letter if they are on the fence about a specific candidate”. read more

‘What are you doing next?’ – By Oliver Schofield

11 June 2012

This is a guest post written by Oliver Schofield, a Final Year University of Salford, English Language and Linguistics student and former Intern at the Careers and Employability Service.

Throughout my experience in education I have always been asked the question what are you doing next? University was no different and as I progressed into my final year I started to wonder about my options after completing my degree.

At the start of my final year, I was interested in teaching and decided to apply for a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education at various institutions. I was sure that this was the right career path for me. Fortunately I got invited to three institutions for interviews. Two of them I got offered a conditional place and one of them I haven’t heard back from them to date. Maybe I should contact them back but the real point is that I’m not that bothered. read more