Are Graduates REALLY Not Skilled Enough?

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Author: Lizzi Hart
Source: Undercover Recruiter

You probably saw many articles circulating, quoting a press release from the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) reporting that half of graduate employers believe graduates are not skilled enough.

Do graduate employers genuinely believe that graduates aren’t ready for work, or is this just a sensational headline? We speak to talented and bright graduates and students every single day, we were therefore curious about the claim and wanted to investigate further.

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Technology Tuesday: April 4

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Welcome to Technology Tuesday! Every week The Job Shop Blog will bring you our 5 top science and technology news stories from around the web.

This week: World’s largest money manager announces plans for automation, artificial intelligence’s impact on medicine, brain implants allow quadriplegic man to move his arms, doctor claims to have a miracle cure for sepsis, and researchers turn a spinach leaf into functioning heart tissue. Continue reading

4 Small Talk Tips to Ensure Your Interviewer Likes You

smalltalkAuthor: Kat Boogaard
Source: The Daily Muse

You have a job interview fast approaching, and that jittery feeling is already brewing in the pit of your stomach.

Sure, there’s plenty to be nervous about. You’re worried about being able to make it to the office on time without getting lost or stuck in traffic. You’re anxiously preparing answers to common interview questions so you can knock your responses out of the park. You’ve researched the company relentlessly, selected your perfect interview outfit, and even did a little innocent LinkedIn stalking of the hiring manager.

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Weekend Planner: March 31

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You’ve worked hard all week, and now Friday’s here again! It’s time to start planning your weekend!  Welcome to Weekend Planner, your weekend update on fun.

Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.

Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.

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What is a “Personal Brand”, and How Do You Get Yours Right?

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Author: Rebecca Fraser
Source: Undercover Recruiter

The term personal brand is one that always makes me quiver. The concept has now been around quite a long time, and ultimately is not rocket science, but amazingly enough it is still a concept that many people are challenged by. Whether it is just the term itself that makes you quiver as it does me, accepting the concept of personal branding and how to make it work for you is imperative in the current job market.

What is a brand?

From a business perspective, the brand is their product or service. What they are known for and what people recognise them for. Brands are what we develop a relationship with, something that is a lot of time a sub-conscious engagement with that brand that entices us to it time and time again. Think about the food we eat, what we drink, where we shop and products we buy. Each of these are a brand and it is our relationship with that brand that has us going to it time and time again.

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4 Things People Who Truly Enjoy Their Work Do Differently

enjoymentAuthor: Dorianne St Fleur
Source: The Daily Muse

While it’s true that terrible jobs are often directly related to a horrible boss or boring, tedious work, things that can be hard to problem-solve, many people have found a way to enjoy what they do in spite of a few outstanding negatives. A recent study showed that 49.6% of people enjoy their jobs.

Even though almost half of employees like their jobs, if you’re part of the 50.4% of people who don’t, it can be hard not to see folks who love what they do as unicorns of the workplace. People who’ve been given access to the best jobs and opportunities and who have all the chips falling into place. The lucky ones.

But the truth is, more often than not, people who are satisfied with their jobs simply do a few things differently than everyone else—they don’t necessarily have the best managers or a to-do list full of very important items. Here’s what sets them apart:

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Technology Tuesday: March 28

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Welcome to Technology Tuesday! Every week The Job Shop Blog will bring you our 5 top science and technology news stories from around the web.

This week: Elon Musk just launched a company to merge your brain and a machine, stem cells prevented a woman from going blind, using light to travel the stars, meet the scientists preparing for the apocalypse, and new stackable homes. Continue reading