All Careers Advice

  • Read our sample covering letter to get a good idea on whatthe best format is, what content you should be including and how you should put yourself across to prospective employers.

  • Read our guide giving ideas for best practice on what to take to an interview and how to ensure you turn up prepared.

  • Read through our sample CV to get a good idea on how best to structure your CV, as well as what content to include.

  • Tough questioning about the company’s future plans is legitimate, if done elegantly, but too much interest in the sick-pay scheme may set alarm bells ringing. Likewise, listen carefully to the answers, and, once out of the room, mark them out of 10.

  • Like football, an interview is a game of two halves and you need to prepare and perform. Read our expert tips on how to prep an interview and conduct yourself for maximum impact.

  • In this digital day and age, there’s nothing like a beautifully presented CV on crisp paper to impress a prospective employer. Here’s how to do it.

  • The proliferation of online media means there are now multiple places to search for a job, and candidates can cast their net very wide indeed. With this variety also comes the danger of spreading yourself too thin. Use our guide to carry out your job search effectively.

  • The trick to answering questions well is to take your time and not parrot off a pre-prepared script. This ease comes from knowing your material – so gen up in these popular questions – and answers – in advance.

  • The electronics industry has moved to tackle the threat of lowering skills standards in the UK.

  • An overhaul of A-levels and better teaching are needed to boost the numbers of young people progressing to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in higher education, according to an influential new study.

  • In response to industry concerns about the falling number of students entering electronics at degree level, the UKESF has established a summer school to help reverse this trend.
  • Engineering firms are finding many school-leavers still lack the skills required for a career in industry.

  • Companies of all shapes and sizes are embracing social media and many use it to scout for - and hire - new employees. Read the low-down on three, must-have channels for job hunters.
  • Understandably, many people find discussing salaries uncomfortable and embarrassing during an interview. However, most interviewers expect some bartering and, if it motivates you to put more into the job, it is worthwhile for both the applicant and the employer.
  • Rapport is the connection between two people; the spoken and unspoken words that say ‘we are on the same page’. In an interview situation you can employ numerous techniques to maximize the rapport between yourself and your interviewer.
  • The main aim of a covering letter is to encourage recruiters to read your CV. However, it needs to do a lot more than say, 'here is my CV!'. In short, it is the biggest chance you have to sell yourself.
  • Employers often use psychometric testing to vet potential employees and help them understand a little more about your personality and ability to fit into the role they are offering – and this type of testing is becoming increasing popular.
  • A Curriculum Vitae is a self-marketing tool and getting an interview can depend on how good your CV is. You will need to consider what to include, how much detail is needed and how to make your CV stand out from all the others.