The Aberdeen Employability Boost Programme was a series of virtual events and activities that we ran during the month of May 2020. Whilst the programme has now finished, the resources below are still available for you to access.

Aberdeen Employability Boost Award Resources

Shortlist.Me - free resource for practising video interview skills

Shortlist.Me allows you to practise taking a video interview and review your own performance. You can also request feedback from a member of the Careers and Employability Service team.

To access Shortlist.Me, click on the link below and select the interview that you wish to try. It is recommended that you use either Chrome or Firefox as your web browser. You will then be asked to complete a short registration form where you will be given the option to receive feedback on your interview. Current students, please use your university email address to register. After completing the registration form you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the interview. If you have any questions please email careers@abdn.ac.uk.

Tiny Bite video: Accessing the Careers and Employability Service

May 2020: We are all working from home at this time but are still open and here to advise you on all things careers! Watch the video for information on how to get in touch with us and for an idea of our services accessible online.

Tiny Bite video: Setting up your CareerConnect profile

Watch this short video to learn how to set up your Career Connect profile and receive targeted notifications about job vacancies you are interested in. With a Career Connect profile you can also upload your CV for review and book guidance appointments and practice interviews with Careers Advisers.

Tiny Bite video: Class of 2020 - we're (still!) here for you

Once you have graduated you have access to all of our services for life! You can still get your CV checked, speak to Careers Advisers and take part in practice interviews at any stage of your career. All you need to do is ensure that you update your Career Connect account to a graduate one. Watch the video for information on how to do this, and look out for the email prompt arriving in your inbox.

Mini Career Course: Effective CVs and covering letters

This mini online career course is designed to prepare you for writing targeted CVs and covering letters, highlighting key resources to help you.

Mini Career Course: Linkedin: Building your Profile

LinkedIn is a professional networking platform which provides a multitude of opportunities for students and graduates to research and develop their career opportunities through making meaningful connections. This mini online course takes you through all the steps you need to get your profile ready to start connecting.

Mini Career Course: Connecting with LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a professional networking platform which provides a multitude of opportunities for students and graduates to research and develop their career opportunities through making meaningful connections. This mini online career course gives you an insight into how to maximise the value of engaging on LinkedIn for your career and professional development.

Mini Career Course: Finding Vacancies

In this mini online career course you will find out about the types of opportunities available to you, where to find advertised opportunities and access the "hidden job market".

Mini Career Course: Job market research

Understanding the job market and opportunities in different sectors and locations is an important part of career planning and decision making. This mini career course gives an insight into the type of information available to you and how it can help inform your next steps.

Mini Career Course: Successful applications

In this mini online career course you will learn how to complete employer applications successfully and avoid the pitfalls of online applications. We will also highlight key resources to help you.

Mini Career Course: Successful interviews

This mini career course aims to develop your understanding of the different types of interviews used by recruiters - whether the interview is by phone, online or in person.

Mini Career Course: Applying for a Masters

This mini career course is designed to help you to prepare to make applications for Masters degrees. Key resources are highlighted and you will have the opportunity to review extracts from personal statements.

Mini Career Course: Developing Resilience

This mini online career course is designed to help you understand the nature of resilience and why resilience is important. The course will provide guidance on how to develop resilience and will highlight key resources to help you.

Mini Career Course: Prepare for the fair

In this mini career course we will explore how to prepare effectively for careers fairs, including online events, and how to make the most of the experience on the day.

Mini Career Course: Psychometric Tests

This short course will help you to learn about the sorts of psychometric tests which are widely used in graduate recruitment. The course should take about 15 minutes to complete.

Mini Career Course: Workplace Professionalism

This mini career course will help you to learn about aspects of cultural awareness, typical UK workplace culture and identify what constitutes professional behaviour both in the workplace and online.

Mini Career Course: Applying for a PhD

This mini career course is designed to help you to prepare to make applications for PhD level study. Key resources are highlighted.

Tiny Bite video: Job market research

Find out how to use web resources to research employment sectors and the labour market.

Tiny Bite video: Self awareness for career planning and skills development

Find out how to use self awareness assessments to help you plan your career and skills development.

Wednesday Wakelet: Volunteering

May 2020: View our Wakelet board on current volunteering opportunities available.

Wednesday Wakelet: Developing your skills

May 2020: During this time, many of you may find yourself with more free time than usual owing to exams being cancelled or postponed. Why not make the most of this time by enhancing your employability from the comfort of your own home? By signing up to an online course you can keep busy and develop key skills for free. There are so many courses out there, and on such a range of topics, that you will never find yourself wondering what to do in an afternoon again!

Tiny Bite video: Finding careers and employability resources on the Careers website

Did you know we house over 2500 career-related resources on our website? From where to start with career planning to specific sector recruitment processes, our website provides the perfect starting point for researching your options. Watch this video for more detail on our resources and how to find them.

Employer Session - Sector Insights: Speaker Profiles

The following employers and University alumni from across the globe will be attended a range of sessions throughout the October Aberdeen Employability Boost programme to share their insights. For the full programme, visit our Aberdeen Employability Boost Award website

Developing your online personal brand

Follow these guidelines to review and develop your online personal brand and check you are making a good impression of yourself to employers. If you are using a mac you may encounter problems with the pdf, please use the word version instead.

Developing your online personal brand (word version for MAC users)

Follow these guidelines to review and develop your online personal brand and check you are making a good impression of yourself to employers. If you are using a mac you may encounter problems with the pdf, please use this word version instead.

Skills Audit Template

A template to help you audit your skills.
If you are using a mac you may encounter problems with the pdf, please use the word version.

Skills Audit Template (word version for MAC users)

A template to help you audit your skills.
If you are using a mac you may encounter problems with the pdf, please use this word version.

SMART Goal Setting Activity

This document explains what SMART goal setting is, how to set effective SMART goals and gives you a form to complete with your own goals. This can be a powerful tool for motivating you and focusing your career related activities.
If you are using a mac you may encounter problems with the pdf, please use the word version.

SMART Goal Setting Activity (word version for MAC users)

This document explains what SMART goal setting is, how to set effective SMART goals and gives you a form to complete with your own goals. This can be a powerful tool for motivating you and focusing your career related activities.
If you are using a mac you may encounter problems with the pdf, please use this word version.

SWOT analysis grid

A template to help you analyse your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.
If you are using a mac you may encounter problems with the pdf, please use the word version instead.

SWOT analysis grid (word version for MAC users)

A template to help you analyse your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.
If you are using a mac you may encounter problems with the pdf, please use this word version instead.

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