Guest post by Gradcracker – Where the Science, Engineering and Technology jobs are!

Gradcracker is the UK’s careers website for Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) students. On Gradcracker you can find the latest Work Placements and Graduate Opportunities relevant to your degree discipline. With over 140 live employers and thousands of undergraduate and graduate positions it’s no surprise that, if you’re a SET student, Gradcracker is the place to be!

Whether you’re applying for a Work Placement or a Graduate Opportunity, it’s important that you research each employer before you apply. Find out more about the companies that interest you, in The Hubs – they’re a great resource and you will be able to read profiles from current graduates, watch videos and view all the latest opportunities.

As well as thoroughly researching your favourite employers, you need to become skilled in the art (or science!) of job hunting. Each year, we produce the Gradcracker Toolkit, the definitive careers manual for science, engineering and technology (SET) students. This 150-page booklet informs you of different industry sectors, provides you with job hunting tips and shows you how to get the most out of gradcracker.com. You can also record your job hunting research and the progress of your applications within the Toolkit.

You will also be able to read about many top SET employers who will give you an overview of the industry sector in which they operate and tell you about their graduate opportunities. The 4th edition of the Gradcracker Toolkit will be available from September 2013.You will be able to pick up your own copy at your careers service or from your school.

It’s important that you register on Gradcracker. It’s quick, easy and, of course, free! Registering will allow you to customise your personal area, ‘My Gradcracker’, so that you can view and manage the opportunities and companies that interest you the most. Registering also ensures that, every Thursday, you receive our weekly newsletter – tailored to your discipline and delivered straight to your inbox!

You can also ‘follow’ all your favourite employers to be alerted about any new content or opportunities that may be of interest. The Gradcracker Alert Service is a great way of staying on top of your favourite employers and making sure that you don’t miss out on that perfect job!

And why not give our employers a chance to find you? Our employers have full access to our database of CVs. By uploading your CV, you will give those employers a chance to find out about you! If you are ‘following’ that company, they will be able to see that you are particularly interested in working for them.

So, if you want to be a successful job hunter here’s a quick summary. Visit gradcracker.com regularly, research the employers, select and ‘Follow’ your favourites, go to your careers service (regularly!), pick up a Toolkit, register on Gradcracker and upload your CV to our database. The jobs are out there for good candidates and, if you follow this advice, you will become a crackin’ job hunter!

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