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Careers Clinic: There are opportunities out there

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This is a guest blog post from Jeremy I'Anson, professional career coach and the author of You're Hired!

Jeremy I'Anson Photo.jpgAccording to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) one in ten Computer Science graduates are currently unemployed and apparently unable to find work. However a very interesting survey came up in the news recently which shows that despite these figures there are presently 2,697 tech startup job vacancies being advertised in the UK.

Not surprisingly the majority of these jobs (1,627) are located in and around London but the other vacancies are spread across the rest of the country with potential tech opportunities for graduates and IT professionals in most areas.   

Recession, what recession?

The survey highlights the fact that despite the gloomy economic news there are in fact plenty of tech jobs available. Some of the companies looking for graduates include organisations operating in the social networking field.  

Head for the careers section of Badoo's web site and you'll find a total of 29 vacancies for jobs in the UK and overseas. Onefinestay, a company that provides online facilities for people to rent their holiday property, also has a banner we're hiring! on their careers page with 24 vacancies for roles ranging from a business analyst to an application developer with experience of Python, JavaScript and HTML 5.

So the message is clear. There are opportunities out there but they are not always advertised on the usual job boards or in the press. But just a little detective work using tools like Google Alerts can help you to uncover these job opportunities.  And for those who are still at university the survey also provides an insight into the skills that are currently in demand from tech employers.

Figures suggest that 33% of the available jobs are for developers with buzz words like Big Data, Social Discovery and Augmented Reality coming up repeatedly in some of the job specs.

Watch this space for more news and comment about careers in the IT industry.

 

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Email: :jeremy.ianson@xlsys.co.uk

 

Jeremy I'Anson is a professional career coach and the author of You're Hired! Total Job Search 2013. Visit www.totaljobsearchonline.com for further details.

 


 

 

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Careers Clinic: Quality over Quantity

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This is a guest blog post from Jeremy I'Anson, professional career coach and the author of You're Hired!

Jeremy I'Anson Photo.jpgYesterday I got a call from a reader who told me that he had sent off 50 CVs over the last three months and not had a single interview. Unfortunately that's a story I hear all too often and I'm afraid it's a reflection of the difficult economic time that we live in.

But what's interesting is that there are plenty of jobs out there. It's just that there are so many more candidates looking for work. In these market conditions employers can be much more selective.

Sending out so many CVs and not getting any response is a sure sign that the CV is not doing its job which is to get you interviews. My advice would be to reduce the number of applications and focus instead in the jobs that you know can do. If the advertisement lists "essential skills and experience" then recruiters will automatically reject all candidates who don't meet those minimum requirements.

 So search for just a few jobs where you know you have all of the skills required and then make sure that your CV (and covering letter if required) specifically mentions each of the skill requirements. This means extra work for you as you will need to customize your CV for each application but it will pay dividends.

Make it absolutely clear at the top of the first page of your CV, in the Profile or Summary sections and with a  key skills list that you have ALL of the required experience.

Much better to send off ten customized and carefully targeted applications than fifty of the same old CV and hope for the best

 

 

Do you have a careers question for Jeremy I'Anson ?

 

Email: :jeremy.ianson@xlsys.co.uk

 

Jeremy I'Anson is a professional career coach and the author of You're Hired! Total Job Search 2013. Visit www.totaljobsearchonline.com for further details.

 


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Itea and Biscuits week with Age UK: All this week!

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This week (17-23 September 2012) is Age UK's Itea and Biscuit Week, which offers people in later life the chance to learn new technologies and the benefits they can bring.

 

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The annual campaign is backed by broadcaster Penny Smith, this year, who along with Age UK is encouraging everyone to pass on their technical knowledge to an older family member, friend or neighbour. Whether you are a tech geek or novice you can still help out.

 

In its fifth year, the campaign offers hundreds of 'taster sessions' across the country, which provide basic knowledge on technologies such as how to use the internet and digital cameras. These sessions also highlight how technology can be used to try out new hobbies, find online bargains or keep in touch with loved ones.

 

According to an Ofcom report 73% of people aged 65+ say they do not regularly use the internet.

 

Age UK Ambassador Smith is calling for older people to attend the events and for those already in the know to pass on their knowledge to someone older.

 

Smith said: "If you connect to the Internet, you connect to the world. So if you know your dongle from your mouse, please help an older person you know to get online during itea and biscuits week."

 

David Mortimer, head of digital inclusion at Age UK, said: "Over 5.5 million people aged 65+ have never been online, so we're calling on anyone who knows how to use technology to pass on their knowledge of the Internet, smart phones, tablets or digital cameras to an older person they know.

 

"There's no need to be a technology guru, just basic knowledge could really make a difference to someone's life."

 

To find out more information about the week visit www.ageuk.org.uk/itea-and-biscuits.

 

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