You posted the vacancy, and received 30 applications. In two hours. By the end of the week it is well into the hundreds and the vacancy needs to be prematurely pulled. So do you continue with the daunting task of finding the candidate-needle in the application haystack, the academic diamond in the rough, the high-potential limited edition toy among the mediocre cereal flakes…or do you just scrap the recruitment process altogether? Continue reading
Days spent scouring job and internship boards, submitting countless applications and receiving little to no response from recruiters and employers, can drive the confidence out of the most optimistic people, especially those fresh out of academia.
A while ago it emerged that a fifth of job adverts on the government’s Universal Jobmatch site were either fakes, duplicates or scams. Outraged and concerned, we thought we would save you the future frustration and disappointment of applying for a fake job.
On average, millennial job seekers use around fifteen different sources to help them find a job. That is a lot of potential fake jobs to work through. At Intern Avenue, we do not have that problem because we personally vet every advert which is posted. But, for your future reference, here’s how you spot a fake job advert:
So you’re looking to hire an intern to get some fresh eyes on a side of your business that’s been neglected recently (see our recent post about the benefits of hiring a content writing intern) or to help out with the extra workload and tackle the odd jobs that have been piling up? The best part is you could get all this done for free right? Because unpaid internships are still a thing right? Well… Wrong. Continue reading
You may or may not have heard about Google’s Panda, Penguin or Hummingbird updates. For the uninitiated, those aren’t the names most searched for attractions at the zoo – they are updates that have progressively made the content you publish, the most important way for your online presence to be tracked and indexed by Google. Continue reading
If through a combination of hard work, persistence and good old fashioned luck, you’ve just landed your first job – congratulations!
Once the celebrating is done, before you know it, it will be time for your first day. It can be an intimidating, nerve racking experience (remember your first day of school?). Use these tips to make sure you have a stellar start on day one. Continue reading
1. Be Genuine
“I am very excited about joining a fast-paced organisation like [Company] because I am a self-starter…”
“I am applying for a position at [Company] because I am a passionate and engaged user of its technology. Since the release of v1 of CoolApp, I believe that the value that your organisation provides and its ethos of XYZ is something I want to be a part of…”
Let’s face it! We all think that we are sneaky like a fox and can churn out hundreds of applications without adding anything extra but you must do your homework and make it genuine! Continue reading
According to Impetus PEF, the average young person who is out of work for over six months will suffer a wage scar of over £50k in their lifetime.
These and other scary facts are the galvanising force which have brought multiple groups of stakeholders together to think about the future of work for young people. I am proud and delighted to be named as one of the groups commissioners. It is an important group to be part of.
There is almost always something you can do about an interview or outcome that did not go your way or you feel did not fully expose your full potential. Most recruiters are looking for people who are passionate about working for their company and want to succeed. If you care enough to want to rectify a sub-optimal outcome this will rarely be seen as a negative. You should however know that it may not affect the ultimate outcome and/or that there are many things that could result in you failing to get the position which are outside your control. Continue reading
There is a lot of advice on the internet which says what you should be doing at an interview, but what about what not to do? Just like in a driving test, you can do everything right, but get one “major” and you’re in the fail category. It hardly seems fair, but with an increasing number of applicants per job, employers are only looking for the cream of the crop. So, in order to steer you clear of making these major mistakes, we’ve compiled a list of the seven worst interview habits. Continue reading