What do employers look for when recruiting

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JA137 - Jaguar Building

Coventry, United Kingdom

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There’s a lot of talk about employability around graduates as competition for jobs in all sectors intensifies. But what does it mean?

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) gives the simplest and most accessible definition of employability in terms of skills: 'the skills almost everyone needs to do almost any job'. This is a great definition as far as it goes, although employability is not just about skills, it’s also about capabilities or competencies: aptitude, attitude and behaviour.

Employability is not the same as subject knowledge, qualifications or specialist experience. A brilliant Masters degree may not be enough to secure a position. You have to be aware of what employers are looking for in any employee. And you have to demonstrate that you are employable as a person, a team member and as a contributing member of the employer organisation.

This workshop will go in to more detail and provide you with the tools to analyse your own skills and competencies that employers are looking for as well as introduce you to programmes and activates that the University offer that will not only develop you personally but professionally too. I will also introduce the UK competitive graduate schemes which will open in Sept/Oct (so you will have to start applying now) and look at and their recruitment processes and what global companies are looking for when they recruit. 

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