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How to master a Skype interview

Skype meetings are now commonplace in the workplace, and are increasingly used for job interviews too. Here are some useful top tips on how to prepare for them by Kirsty Brewer (The Guardian 16th May 2016).

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Dress professionally

Should you still dress as if you are in a face-to-face interview? Yes – general interview etiquette still applies. “The dynamics are different, with body language being the main barrier, so it is vital to make a good impression based on your dress and surroundings,” says Matthew Roberts, CEO at NonExecutiveDirectors.com, a network site for employers.

Don’t be tempted just to dress smartly from the waist-up, assuming that’s all the interviewer will see, warns Graham Oates, CEO of Norrie Johnston Recruitment. “I’ve been in plenty of Skype interview situations where the candidate has had to stand up.” Being in formal dress will also help you to feel like it is a formal interview and put you in the right frame of mind, he adds.

Pick your backdrop wisely

How much attention will be paid to where you are sitting for the interview? The safe rule of thumb is to assume that a lot of attention will be given to your surroundings – so set up well in advance and take time to look at how the interviewer will see you.

“Find a neutral, tidy spot if possible. Mess, pot plants or food may subconsciously impact an interviewer’s view of the meeting and reflect badly on you,” says Jonathan Bennet, a director at Capita Resourcing. His advice is to set yourself up so the interviewer can see your face, hair, shoulders and upper torso. Consider the lighting and how you are sat too. “They don’t want a giant, poorly lit face talking at them for an hour.” Also, make sure you are in a quiet room which will not be interrupted.

Get to grips with the technology beforehand

Before you begin, make sure you’ve got to grips with the technology to avoid any last minute panic, especially if you haven’t used Skype before. “Set up a practice interview with a friend to make sure you are happy with how you come across on screen as well as being able to confidently use the system,” suggests Roberts. Check your microphone is properly set, your voice is audible, the picture quality is good and that you are in a spot with a strong internet connection.

But if technology fails midway through, don’t panic, says David Cairncross, director at Hays. “If a problem with your technology throws you off during your interview, just remain professional,” he says. The interviewer will be aware that some things are out of your control, should anything happen start the call again to regain a connection, and quickly make contact to update the interviewer so you can continue as soon as possible.

Don’t be late

“You wouldn’t dream of turning up late for a face-to-face interview, so having to delay one over Skype because you haven’t done your technical groundwork is inexcusable,” says Oates. Call and get it all setup a few minutes early to avoid any awkwardness. Equally, have your notes ready and a glass of water to hand so you aren’t fiddling with papers or getting a dry mouth once you make a start.

Remember body language

Skype interviews leave little room for those informal interactions you might have on the walk from reception or the ride in the lift – so it is important your eye contact and facial expressions are not compromised by the technology either.

“Remember to look at the camera – not the screen – that way the interviewer will feel you are maintaining eye contact,” says Oates. “Remember to smile and have an engaged and pleasant facial expression. Try to forget you are talking to a computer screen and imagine the interviewer being physically in the room with you.”

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UoC Careers and Employability team can support you with interview skills practice, and this includes setting up a face-t0-face or Skype mock interview too.

Email careers@cumbria.ac.uk to make an appointment.

 

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Friday Featured Vacancies – IT Manager / Communications & Marketing Intern

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Cumbria Community Foundation is looking for a dynamic and motivated person to help with their communications and marketing needs. The full-time role will be for 12 months based at their office in Dovenby.

The position provides an opportunity to further develop experience in marketing, communications, research and events management as well as gaining experience of social policy, grant making and community philanthropy.

The aim of the role is to provide support to staff members across a range of activities and functions. The position will be packaged as support to a range of projects to ensure effective management of the intern’s time.

The Community Foundation exists to improve the quality of the community life in Cumbria by making grants to voluntary organisations and individuals and managing grant making funds on behalf of individuals, companies and government organisations.

Established in September 1999 the Foundation has given out almost £30 million in grants to more than 4,000 groups and 4,000 individuals.

The Foundation has a strong donor base and is held in high regard by key stakeholders.  As an organisation committed to the local community and a track record of delivery they are looking for a key member of the team to contribute to the exciting development of the organisation.

Salary £14,000 – £16,000 per annum

For further information including the job description and application form, visit their website http://www.cumbriafoundation.org/

Closing date 9.00am Monday 16th May 2016

Interview date 24th May

 

 

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Carlisle Brass is looking for an IT Manager. This role offers the opportunity to travel, locations include Carlisle, Blackburn, Kirkham and Dubai.

To apply send a CV and covering letter to cgraham@carlislebrass.com.

Find out more about Carlisle Brass on their website – http://www.carlislebrass.com

Closing date for applications is 10 May 2016.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Title:                     IT Manager                        

Reports to:         Head of Finance

Dotted line to:  CBG MD / Divisional FD

Location:            Carlisle

Sites:                     Carlisle, Blackburn, Kirkham, Dubai

Salary:                  £40-45k (37.5 hour week with out of hours and weekend work required occasionally to meet business continuity needs)

Benefits:             3% pension contribution, DIS 2 x’s salary, 23 days holiday                               

 

Background

The role arises as a result of the need to strengthen the IT function within the business, in the light of increased growth and technology dependence as well as the increased complexity arising from a proposed ERP replacement in 2017.

The hardware infrastructure for the current systems is largely based at Carlisle, with remote servers at Blackburn and Kirkham.

The parent Group’s IT infrastructure will also continue to evolve towards consolidation and standardisation of solutions for its other UK businesses based in Daventry, and this role holder should therefore expect to collaborate with other parts of the Arran Isle group in achieving  realistic synergies. It is likely that this would comprise further virtualisation of storage and servers, as well as a roll out of virtual desktop technology

 

Job Purpose      

Deliver an infrastructure which continues to support the growth of the organisation and become knowledgeable about all its aspects to ensure continuous support for the operational hours of the business.

Provide day to day management and leadership of support staff making sure that appropriate skills are in place and effectively deployed in order to meet the function’s responsibilities to its users at all sites.

There will also be scope to provide forward looking guidance and strategy on where the Group can deliver more through IT, as well as responding to and developing ideas arising in the business units.

 

ERP replacement

Carlisle Brass currently operates a range of software applications to control the business, largely based around a bespoke database (Corserine), and developed in .NET from an original Phoenix database. Much of this development has been undertaken in house by the current IT manager. Corserine has in turn has been integrated with Sage 200 to provide the financial reporting and analysis. It is intended that the IT Manager will remain within the business focussed mainly on support of the legacy systems and immediate development requirements of these.

Carlisle Brass is currently planning to replace its existing legacy  systems with a fully integrated ERP solution in 2017. It is highly likely this will be based around a MS Dynamics Navision solution already developed for other businesses in the Arran Isle group, and being implemented during  2016.

The successful candidate will play a key role in supporting this project from the early stages through to post completion support.

The business does not currently have Navision experience available, but this will be supported by other sites and experienced third party implementers.

 

Key responsibilities and Standards of Performance

  1. Helpdesk resources and performance including reporting and improvement programmes
  2. Allocation of support resources and software resilience as agreed with business units including up time
  3. Coordination with external support providers which includes managing their performance and negotiation of contracts to support the operational requirements of the business
  4. Developing business specific Service Level Agreements (SLA) for each business unit and subsequently ensuring that IT service meets or exceed agreed targets
  5. Contribute to the development of the IT strategy encompassing hardware, software, security, resources and other aspects that support the achievement of the business plans of each business location
  6. Project planning and management of infrastructure maintenance and development projects including engagement and management of 3rd party contractors and service providers as and when required
  7. Creation of Disaster Recovery plans covering all aspects of IT resources and service for each business including periodic testing and subsequent updating. This includes from minor incidents such as theft of mobile phones to larger scale issues such as downtime on main systems
  8. Managing the hardware estate for the business units including:
    1. Physical servers, switches, firewalls and other associated hardware at Carlisle and other UK locations
    2. Local PC’s, photocopiers
    3. Telecoms: fixed line, broadband, mobile phones & devices, wifi, scanners
    4. Video conferencing assets
  1. Development and roll out of IT policies across all locations, periodic maintenance and enforcement
  2. Overall management of website hosting for all business units including the development and monitoring of service level performance from 3rd party resource providers
  3. Management of all aspects of IT security for all locations including PCI compliance, hardware and software integrity and resilience
  4. Contribute to wider company projects that require IT input such as new process planning, new functional specific software such as demand planning or business reporting
  5. Form part of the wider Group’s IT resource by working collaboratively with other IT professionals in the business and contributing to the IT Board
  6. Keep up to date with new software and technologies that can make our business better and build competencies within the IT team

 

Other Relationships

Coordinate with Divisional Finance based in Daventry, UK.

Liaise with other IT professionals around the Group

IT of customer/supplier functions around the UK

 

IT / Business systems

Sage 200 accounting software used for financial reporting

Interfaced with internally developed Corserine / Phoenix operating systems

Local IT hardware infrastructure includes virtualised servers and remote servers at business locations in Kirkham and Blackburn.

 

Background, education and experience 

Extensive 1st/2nd and 3rd Line support for a variety of infrastructure & application environments (pre-dominantly MS focused)

Extensive Design and deployment of Windows/PC based hardware

Management of an IT function within a larger multi-site SME or

Management of teams within an outsourced IT services environment

 

Qualifications

Good general education with at least strong A level or equivalent education.  Degree level education likely.  Appropriate technical certifications to demonstrate technical areas of expertise.

 

Technical Experience

  • LAN/WAN Network
  • MS Server platforms
  • Full and Thin client architecture including Citrix
  • Hardware performance monitoring and improvement
  • SQL
  • Business Continuity, backup & recovery
  • VMware
  • Antivirus, Anti-spam & Firewall management
  • PCI compliance
  • Website/Ecommerce/EDI
  • SQL
  • Programming, e.g. Linux, .NET
  • Video conferencing (Lifesize)
  • Support ERP and Business Intelligence tools

The template for the future ERP system is  based around MS Dynamics NAV 16 (Navision) with extensive use of  Phocas (BI) and Jet Reports (BI)for much of the reporting requirements. Experience in any of these would be advantageous

 

Organisation Structure

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TEDx is coming to the University of Cumbria!

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TEDx, an independently organised TED event, is coming to Carlisle for one night only!

Tickets available on the UoC TEDx website here.

 

The Theme

For the first ever University of Cumbria TEDx event the theme ‘Progression’ has been chosen, this ties in nicely with university life and can have a broad interpretation. Expect talks on career progression, the progression of ideas and much more. The event speakers really have had some great ideas on what progression means to them and the world.

 

The Speakers:

  • Andy Beeforth – Chief Executive Cumbria Community foundation
  • Jacqui Filkins – Honoury Fellow, advisor to EU on health matters – Sustainability Strategies.
  • Brenda Crossley – Graduate – Aging & Adapting With Technology.
  • Nathan Roberts – Zoo Keeper – Conservation and Effective Communication.
  • Phillip Wilson – Musician. Making Music Accessible For All.
  • Annie Weir – Self-published creative writing graduate – Age Is Not A Barrier.

Developing a great line-up for this event has been tough, there are just so many talented people with great ideas! There will be something for everyone with six super talented speakers all with unique ideas to share from varied backgrounds. Be sure to check out the event blog here for updates on speakers with details about them and their talks.

 

When

Thursday 5th May 2016 at 18.30 until 21.30

 

Where

The event will be held in the University of Cumbria’s Fusehill Street campus close to the centre of Carlisle in the Learning Gateway Lecture Theatre.

University of Cumbria, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, CA1 2HH

 

Tickets

A ticket must be purchased to ensure attendance. Just to make it even harder to resist temptation you will get a free beer and a burger with each ticket. Now that’s food for thought…

Tickets are £8.49 per person (including booking fees)

Tickets available on the UoC TEDx website here.

 

 

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Find out more on the TED website.

New to TED? Here’s 11 must see TED talks.

 

This event is being organised by Ben Parker (University of Cumbria Events Management Student)

 

Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Associate Recruitment Consultant

If you are a confident person, have sales skills and can communicate well with people, this could be a career you would enjoy. In this job you will need to be a good negotiator. You will also need to be organised, professional and enjoy working towards targets.

Metis Human Capital Graduate Scheme 2016

Our goal is to support your growth so that you can establish yourself as a confident consultant with Metis Human Capital in six months. We offer an in-depth training scheme that will allow you to progress from the classroom to a mentored seamless integration into your team. You will be taught about the financial service’s market, your specialist area(s), typical sales structure and the candidate side of the recruitment process. There will be additional client based training to develop your skills to influence and negotiate, pitching for PSL’s and develop new client relationships. Once you have graduated from our academy we will continue to support your career development to help meet our mutual goals.

Desired skills

  • Graduate level education.
  • Focus and self-motivated.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong networking and presentation skills.
  • Other language skills would be an advantage.
  • Sales experience is desirable but not essential.

Role Benefits

  • £20k-£22k annual salary + commission.
  • £35k OTE year one.
  • Market leading commission of up to 40%.
  • Structured career path.
  • Ongoing training and development.
  • International opportunities.
  • Quarterly and annual prizes for achievements including overseas vacation.

Apply via

www.metishumancapitalcareers.co.uk 

Job Type: Full-time
Salary: £35,000.00 /year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Wayfair. Entry Level – Marketing, Berlin

Entry Level positions in Marketing Team, Wayfair.

Full-Time
Berlin, Germany

About Wayfair:

Wayfair offers an extensive selection of home furnishings and décor across all styles and price points. With an unparalleled selection of more than seven million home items from 7,000 suppliers, Wayfair helps people find the perfect product at the right price. Our unparalleled selection and superior customer service coupled with the convenience of online shopping, makes it easier than ever before to find exactly what you want for your home. The Wayfair family of brands includes:

  • Wayfair.com, an online destination for all things home
  • Joss & Main, where beautiful style meets irresistible savings
  • AllModern, a go-to online source for modern design
  • DwellStudio, a design house for fashion-forward modern furnishings
  • Birch Lane, a collection of classic furnishings and timeless home décor

 

WAYFAIR is looking for graduates and early career professionals on an ongoing basis to start their career in Marketing. We are building the marketing platform to run a pan-European online home & lifestyle business and replicate the success of our US parent company. At Wayfair Europe, you have the possibility to work in an exciting and rapidly-evolving startup-like environment in Berlin while being backed by the technical expertise and know-how of a large and successful US business.

Wayfair Marketing and you – data analytics or creative track?

As a graduate or early career professional in Marketing, you will closely work together with experienced Online Marketers in developing, executing and tracking Marketing campaigns.During your initial 12-18 months, you will have the opportunity to rotate within the different Marketing teams so that we together can identify the role most suitable for you. While all positions will require sound analytical skills, we offer a more quantitative data analytics track and a more creative track. Apply and we will find out what fits best to you, be it in Search Engine Marketing, Display, Social, SEO, Content Creation, Mobile App Marketing, Video, Direct Mail & Print or Data Science.

You will:

  • Quickly take on responsibility for your own initiatives, supported by an experienced marketer
  • Work with teams Company-wide including Creative, Category Management and Engineering
  • Analyze key performance metrics of your initiatives, identify root causes and develop levers
  • Become a subject matter expert on your initiatives
  • Rotate every 6 months within the team and be an early entrant in a growing company

 

We have a multitude of roles within our Marketing team – apply and we will find out together where you can fit in best. You should apply if you:

  • Are excited about Online Marketing, love to find out how things work in detail and solve problems
  • Like to be in the driver seat and seeing the impact of your work every day
  • Have a can do attitude and make things happen
  • Can multi-task, organize well, and thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Have good analytical skills and are comfortable in a data-driven business environment
  • Have a Bachelor or Master Degree in Economics, Business, Mathematics or other concentrations with heavy quantitative focus preferred
  • Done a few internships already or have 1-2 years of professional experience

 

And finally, our proposition to you!

Of course the usual competitive salary, bonus, office snacks and drinks and Friday evening beers, but also…

  • An awesome, multinational team right in the startup hub of Berlin, Kreuzberg
  • A huge opportunity to be an early entrant and set the stage with us
  • Career path guidance and mentoring
  • We want to share our company with you in stock units
  • We pitch in to your gym membership and office sport events
  • Monthly team events
  • And let’s not forget: the chance to join the next global giant in ecommerce

If you are interested in applying and seeing some of the other positions that Wayfair have please follow this link. Good Luck.

Five Graduate CV Blunders and How to Avoid Them

Entering the working world after graduating can be challenging and a little overwhelming, especially if you’re not that sure what you want to do. Your CV is the ultimate tool to get you invited to job interviews; employers use CVs to make primary judgements about whether someone is capable of making a success of the job. Therefore, how you portray yourself on paper becomes extremely important.

Here at Wayfair.co.uk we’re always on the lookout for talented graduates to join our team, but all too often applicants are let down by their CV. Here are five common graduate CV blunders and how to avoid them:

  • Poor spelling and grammar

A spelling mistake on your CV is a cardinal sin in the world of recruitment as it shows laziness and carelessness. It’s also typical to find CVs written in a variety of grammatical tenses; for example, under key responsibilities someone might write ‘create content for…’ or ‘created content for…’. A mixture of the two can be awkward to read and confusing.

Keep the tense the same—pick one and stick to it. Get someone to proof read your CV, whether that’s a proof reader, a career advisor, a friend or your mum—a second eye will help you catch those mistakes. Another tip is to read your CV backwards, that way your eye won’t naturally jump over spelling mistakes!

  • Inconsistent formatting

Your CV not only needs to say the right things but it also needs to be visually pleasing. CVs that look messy or too busy won’t attract the eye and will force the reader to work hard to understand it.

Keep your formatting consistent; use the same font, size of font (except for titles), type of bullet points and page layout throughout, with line brakes in between sections to separate information clearly. Once it’s written, leave your CV alone for a few days and then come back to it with a fresh perspective.

  • Too long

Graduates often end up applying for a wide variety of jobs so they shove everything on their CV in the hope that the employer will pick out the relevant bits. A graduate CV that’s over two pages long looks like the person can’t communicate succinctly.

The key to a good CV is tailoring it for each job that you apply for. Think about the skills and experience that are necessary for the job and then edit your CV accordingly, highlighting your most relevant experience and skills so that the employer doesn’t have to work hard to understand why you’re a good candidate for the job.

  • Empty words

Empty words are a common trap to fall into, writing things like ‘I am hardworking, motivated and a good team player’. We’re all desperate to get across how perfect we are for the job and how hardworking we are but simply writing this is not going to convince the employer that it’s true.

Show it! Use your experiences to show that you work well in a team or are an enthusiastic and hardworking person. You can of course use any experience you have that is relevant; for example, you might have been on the committee of a university society, in which case you developed your team work, communication and organisational skills.

  • Online presence

It’s common for employers to Google someone who they think is a likely interview candidate so be aware of what is out there about you.

Google yourself! If you type your name into impersonal.me you’ll be able to search for yourself incognito and can do any necessary damage control. If you have a Linked In profile (recommended!), it’s a good idea to keep it up to date and consistent with your CV as employers are likely to check that too.

For more information about Wayfair and our many full-time jobs and internships suitable for students and graduates please visit http://www.wayfair.co.uk/careers.

And with that, we wish you the best of luck!

Friday Featured Vacancy: Forestry Student Placement, Corby

Lockhart Garratt has developed into one of England’s leading consultancies providing expert, independent, high quality and professional advice with a focus on all matters relating to trees, woodland and forestry. They manage approximately 8000ha of woodland throughout Central England and East Anglia with offices in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire.

Last year the careers and employability team placed James Broom on to a placement with them. Now he’s coming to the end of his placement he’s reflected on his time with the company.

“My placement year in industry with Lockhart Garratt has provided me with an extensive and working knowledge of lowland forestry within England. My time has primarily been assisting the senior forestry staff with grant applications, woodland management plans and contractor management. There has been the constant opportunity to branch out into the other business units of the company. This is a unique aspect of Lockhart Garratt as it is a multi-disciplinary consultancy. This has resulted in a very unique view and understanding of broader land management aspects within lowland England. There has been the opportunity to continue and expand my working knowledge of ArcGIS throughout the year. There has been consistent external training provided covering a multitude of aspects from productive broadleaves to sawmill and nursery excursions. There is wide representation within the forestry industry of staff at Lockhart Garratt including Confor, ICF and RFS. I have been able to attend events and meet people alongside my colleagues. Finally there is a great mix of men/women and younger/older people which has made the year a lot more enjoyable and sociable!” 

James Broom/Undergraduate at University of Cumbria

From James’ success University of Cumbria have been asked to advertise the placement again. Lockhart Garratt has a proven track record in coaching and mentoring recent graduates and new entrants to the industry. They ensure that a variety of new skills and work experience is provided over the year.

For full detail please see below or the Lockhart-Garratt website: http://www.lockhart-garratt.co.uk/index.php

 

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