Targetjobs – latest deadlines


If you’re hunting for a graduate job or training scheme for after your finals, there are still vacancies available with big-name employers to start this summer and autumn. Keep an eye out for our weekly round-up of application closing dates so you can make sure you don’t miss your chance to apply. Graduate employers with deadlines on the way include, Allianz and

21 May is the deadline for the following graduate roles and schemes:

22 May is the deadline for the FactSet graduate consultant role, for a summer 2017 start.

25 May is the closing date for the technology graduate programme with, in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) business.

26 May is your last chance to apply for the Allianz graduate pricing analyst role.

More advice to help you with your graduate job hunt

 Courtery ‘Targetjobs’ May 2017

More on LinkedIn – how to get ‘Groups’ to work for you


Why join LinkedIn Groups…….


Simply, within the vast network of separated professionals on LinkedIn, groups allow people to connect on a single theme. Groups are a great way to network with NEW people without introductions or cold calling. Why? Because you have something in common.

Groups can be anything from alumni associations, professional associations, common interests, even companies and subsets within companies, you can even create your own group in about 2 minutes.


Why groups are a great job search tool


By joining and participating in a group, you (the job seeker) have a powerful way of adding value to and growing your online reputation. When you participate, people notice.


Furthermore, by being members of the same group as your target company, your odds of getting a favourable response to your job inquiry are much higher.


Group Guidelines for the Job Seeker


Join a group that takes you where you want to go, not one that keeps you where you are.

Join a group that you WILL participate in. Don’t be a fly on the wall.

Participation in a group means posting and responding to discussion. Make sure you are putting your best foot forward, be positive, show your motivation.

Tell your truth but don’t shout! If you are unemployed, then don’t be ashamed and try to keep it a secret, but don’t flaunt it either. Just be cool and make sure that you are always honest about where you are and what you are looking for.

Identify other leaders in the group and determine whether they could be valuable connections or information sources; if so, then by all means reach out to them.

NHS Graduate Management Training Schemes

Just some reminders/updates:

NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme

The number for the NHS Graduate Management Scheme for candidates is: 0845 300 1426

The closing date is 10.00 am on 3rd December 2012.

Interview dates are scheduled as follows:

  • Derby              Tue 22/01/13  Thu 24/01/13
  • London            Mon 28/01/13 Fri 01/02/13
  • Leeds              Mon 04/02/13 Fri 08/02/13

Assessment Centre, in Rugby 11th – 15th March 2013.

For more information, visit the NHS Graduate Management Scheme website:

Candidates  can follow the Scheme on Twitter: and on Facebook:

The Scheme has also launched a Facebook app:

The Scheme’s events page lists the universities that the Scheme will be visiting in the next few weeks. :

According to the Grad Management Scheme’s Facebook page, they don’t think that there will be a Grad Management Scheme in Wales this year (they tend to have an intake every other year).

2. NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP)

The application cycle for 2013 entry will probably open in January/February 2013.

This has not yet been confirmed and there are no details about the number of places that are likely to be offered.

Information about the 2012 recruitment cycle including FAQs on the NHS Careers main website at:

Do pop in to see us at the Careers Development Centre with your ApplicationForm/CV if you would like some advice from a Careers Advisor.

Do you have a background in IT or Maths…..

This recently advertised position with SIMUL8, based in Glasgow, might then be of interest to you:

B2B Sales Account Executive – Based in Glasgow city centre HQ

Be part of something exciting by working for a growing company…
At SIMUL8 Corporation we pride ourselves on producing world class software, though we wouldn’t be anywhere
without our people. If you would you like to make your mark in a rapidly growing company, keep reading….
SIMUL8 Corporation has grown quickly from start-up to a company whose software has helped deliver cost savings
and efficiency gains for major organizations around the world. What we’re looking for now is a B2B Sales Account
Executive for our European office to cope with the increasing demand for our software and take revenues to the
next level.
What will you do?
Apply simulation knowledge to support international customers to optimize resources and processes
Manage leads from point of contact through to sale and beyond
Build strong relationships with customers to seek and develop future revenue opportunities
Understand customers’ diverse, specific business needs and apply SIMUL8 product and market knowledge
to meet those needs
Use your skills to provide first class customer service and proactively generate qualified sales
What are we looking for?
Strong written and verbal communication skills
A passion for business, career success and meeting challenging financial goals
Technically sound and PC literate, with a desire and aptitude to learn new skills and technologies
A ‘customer comes first’ approach to work
Prospecting, qualifying, and closing skills
Passion for driving sales by generating leads and prospecting new opportunities
Educated to degree level with IT/Maths/Engineering background (desirable)
Business development experience (desirable)
Now that you know what we’re looking for, it’s time to tell you what we offer.
Competitive salary + bonus
Generous holiday entitlement & maternity/paternity benefits
Autonomy in your work & flexible working hours
As an Investors In People company there is real opportunity for you to fast track your personal
development, with training and support provided
Please send your CV and covering letter detailing your current circumstances, potential starting date and current
salary to Nicola Hamill:, t: 0141 552 6888


Some information on how to write a winning CV and a Covering Letter can be accessed on our careers webpages

Graduate HR opportunity in Stirling…….

Nina, our Job Shop Manager here at the Careers Development Centre, has informed us in the GradClub Team, of this exciting HR opportunity:

Employer United Closures and Plastics Ltd

 Job title HR Assistant

 Closing date 19/11/2012

 Job description

We are currently recruiting for an HR Assistant based at our manufacturing site in Bridge of Allan, Stirling.

Reporting to the HR manager the successful candidate will provide first level HR advice and guidance to employees in line with organisational policy. Main responsibilities include:-

  • recruitment activities
  • liaising with external agencies where appropriate
  • absence management
  • co-ordinating occupational health activity
  • disciplinary and grievance
  • month-end reporting activities
  • liaison with Payroll
  • maintaining employee data and project activity as required

This is an autonomous role where you will be the first point of contact for all HR issues and queries.

Person requirements

Suitable candidates should hold a degree in Human Resource Management, or related discipline. Some experience of working within an HR environment would be desirable.

The successful candidate will be a self starter with proven experience of working as part of a team. You must possess excellent organisational skills and have the ability to effectively liaise with personnel at all levels within the organisation.

If you are interested in applying please email your CV to Alison Wood at

Don’t forget to pop in to see a Careers Advisor to have your CV checked …… you can also book a mock interview to gain some valuable experience and practice your interview skills.



A recruiter’s view point helps with application forms…….

If you try to see the graduate recruitment process – and your own part in it – from the employer’s point of view, it will help to clarify what you need to show in your application. Understanding what the recruiter is looking for will help you to get the graduate scheme place, internship or job you want.

The recruiter wants to take on the best and brightest graduates, both to meet current staffing needs and to develop the company’s future leaders. However, even if you’re right for the job in every way, your prospective employer doesn’t know it yet. You have to succeed at each stage of the recruitment process in order to get your chance to show what you’re really capable of.

Recruiters have checklists, so help them tick them off

Whether they’re going through applications, interviewing, or observing at an assessment centre, graduate recruiters will be looking for a specific checklist of qualifications and skills. You know what it is, because it will be set out in the job description, and you will also be able to use the company website and literature to find out more about what they want. Make it easy for them to work down that checklist and put a big tick next to every point. Be clear about how you meet each requirement.

All employers want the best… but they have to sift to find it

The recruiter may have numerous other applications to filter out before coming to the conclusion that you’re the one to go for. How many graduate applications do employers in different sectors expect to receive for each vacancy? Here are the figures, according to the most recent edition of the biannual membership survey carried out by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR).

From a job-hunter’s point of view? These are intimidating odds. From a recruiter’s? Hard work.

  • AGR average applications per vacancy 2011-2012 recruitment cycle: 73.2
  • Retail: 153.8, up from 71.2 in 2012-11
  • Investment banks or fund managers: 141.8, down from 232.5 in 2010-11
  • Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) 134.1
  • Insurance company 98.9
  • Energy, water or utility company 94.8
  • Transport or logistics 84.6
  • Banking or financial services 78.6
  • IT/telecommunications company 76.3
  • Accountancy or professional services firm 55.1
  • Engineering or industrial company 50.8
  • Construction company or consultancy 50.3
  • Consulting or business services firm 44.5
  • Law firm 44.5
  • Public sector 43.7

Bear in mind these stats are likely to be on the high side, because AGR members tend to be large graduate employers that attract a high volume of applications. Also, these are average figures, and mask variations between employers, so can be misleading.

Don’t overlook the small and medium sized enterprises who are also on the lookout for graduate talent; they may offer great opportunities for early responsibility.

Give your application the best possible chance of getting through

If you were a recruiter, how would you work through all those applications to find the best candidate? Chances are you would:

  • Be disinclined to tolerate spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and any other signs of sloppiness.
  • Weed out applications that don’t follow instructions.
  • Stick to your checklist, looking for applications that are a good clear match for the criteria you’ve set out, and rejecting any that aren’t. Are the candidate’s skills and experience described in a way that shows he or she has the right qualifications and aptitudes? If not – why not? Courtesy of Target Jobs.

Don’t forget you can get help with your applications by checking  out our Careers webpages on this subject and when you have a draft application ready, pop in to see a Careers Advisor for advice.

An interesting approach to Job Hunting……

Came across this review on an organisational tool for job hunting and have just tried it out. I must admit that it is pretty swift and on first impressions think that this is a very good approach regarding the graduate job process and one that can help graduates doing multiple applications.

huntsy owl

As graduates, you probably do a lot of graduate and internship job applications. And so far, the best way forward was to have an excel spreadsheet and keep all the details in that sheet. Or make notes of different jobs and dates in a diary.

Now Huntsy brings an organisational gem which costs nothing. Yes! A pleasant surprise, Huntsy is free to use.

Using Huntsy

One of the things that I appreciate the most in new web applications and services is an easy sign-up. Huntsy offers sign up via social logins such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

huntsy login

Once logged-in, you get a simple and effective user interface. It does what you need it to do – organise your job hunt. You can simply add a job URL or enter the job manually and it will organise it in a table-like format with more information available when you click on it.

This is exceptionally helpful in graduate job applications because of the sheer number of applications graduates do and when keeping track of them becomes chaotic.

Another top feature of Huntsy is uploading documents and email templates. It’s a lot better to keep your cover letter and  CV right at the heart of your graduate job hunt process. Plus, it means you have a CV saved on the cloud, which is useful as it offers a backup to your laptop and usb storage.

Huntsy has the option of adding a bookmarklet or extension for the Google Chrome browser which means you will be able to keep track of new graduate job applications with one click.

job hunting tool

Thoughts on Huntsy

Huntsy is a brilliant organisational tool. They market themselves as a job hunting tool which potentially will  have a big market with students and graduates.

It is simple and easy to use. It does what it says on the tin. It allows you to get notified when deadlines are approaching and keeps your documents at the heart of your graduate job application process.

Ever keen to keep on top of bugs and the like, Huntsy have a contact email address, for suggestions and they do monitor this address and take note of your comments. I haven’t found an Android or Iphone app as yet, but that could be coming to Huntsy in the very near future.

Personally I would recommend that you head over to Huntsy and give it a go yourself.

It is good and I hope it keeps developing to suit the graduate and student market with a bit more functionality, but even as it is, it is very good.