Do you know the rules of work?

Group of professionalsDo you know both the written and the unwritten rules of the job you do or the job you want to do? (Not just the duties listed in the job description).  Come in and take a look at a book we have in the Placement and Careers Centre entitled The Rules of Work by Richard Templar. Continue reading

QTS – books that can help

We’re re-posting this today, in case you missed it first time round:

Trainee teachers hoping to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) need to pass ICT, numeracy and literacy skills tests.

Books with sample tests are useful practice.  You can find these in the Placement and Careers Centre – we have three books to help you practice for these tests.

Ask to see:

Passing the Numeracy Skills Test – achieving QTS series by Mark Patmore

Passing the ICT Skills Test – achieving QTS series by Clive Ferrigan

Passing the Literacy Skills Test – achieving QTS series by Jim Johnson

Practice your psychometrics

If you want to do some extra practice on psychometric tests, you can come into the Placement and Careers Centre and use some of the psychometric test books we have there.

Couple to look out for are: You’re Hired! Psychometric Tests by James Meachin and Ceri Roderick and Management Level Psychometric and Assessment Tests by Andrea Shavick – but we have lots more!

Also look at the psychometric test links and sample tests on: www.brunel.ac.uk/services/pcc/students/interviews-and-assessment-centres/psychometric-tests/sources-for-practice-tests

Workplace skills … and how to make them better!

It’s always good to reflect on those all-important workplace skills and how you can improve them

You can look at a couple of interesting books on this subject in the Placement and Careers Centre.

Call in and take a look at Brilliant Workplace Skills for Students and Graduates by Bill Kirton and The Rules of Work by Richard Templar.

Using LinkedIn to the max

Would you like to really hone your LinkedIn skills and profile to help in your job search?

If so, take a look at a book we have in the PCC called How to REALLY use LinkedIn by Jan Vermeiren.  This book explores how to get the most out of LinkedIn and use it most effectively.

The book covers both the basic and the more advanced aspects of LinkedIn with answers to all kinds of questions which may crop us as you explore using LInkedIn.

Come into PCC and have a look at it when you’ve got a few minutes to spare.

Successful application? What next.. a telephone interview?

  • Visit the PCC and get some advice from a Career Consultant or Placement Officer
  • Visit PCC Secure resources to watch the section of  the dvd Making an impact that covers ‘phone interviews.  It’s only 13 minutes long and covers the practical do’s and don’ts of first stage interviews and visits the question ‘Describe a situation when…’.
  • Check out the information on the TARGETjobs site
  • Come in to the PCC and look at the reference books on interview skills
  • Research the organisation and the job role that you’ve applied for

The interview – some of the basics:

  1. Choose somewhere quiet to take the call where you won’t be interrupted
  2. Make sure your mobile is charged and that you have a strong signal
  3. Have your CV or application form to hand during the call, and a pen and paper in case you want to make any notes
  4. Smile – this will come across when you’re talking
  5. It’s ok to take a little time to think how to reply to a question

How to get a job you’ll love: step 1 – read this book!

How to get a job you’ll love is written by John Lees and published by McGraw Hill and we now have a new revised edition of this book for 2013 onwards which you can look at in the PCC.

The style is clear, encouraging, motivating and focused. Practical career planning tools and useful advice on how to analyse and develop your own career skills and job potential are included, together with advice on interviews and job hunting using social media.

The book looks at how we make career decisions in difficult economic times and encourages us to use creative strategies, for instance with a chapter on ‘thinking around corners’ to free up thinking patterns for a fresh approach to job searching.

There’s a chapter specifically for those soon to be graduating or leaving full-time education.

You’re also encouraged to understand your own individual career driving forces, assess your skills and your ‘house of knowledge’, question what motivates you and your individual career choices.

A ‘field generator’ tool helps you explore potentially new work sectors, think outside your own personal box and refine your career choices based on your personal life/work preferences.

So if you’ve time, pop in to pcc and dip into this useful and popular book.