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Call for Writers!

Are you interested in a career in journalism? Do you love writing? Well, this is your chance to get involved with the careers blog, and gain some writing experience along the way! 

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The careers blog is packed with interesting articles and useful information to help you – not just in your future career, but in finding part-time work while you study too!

We would love for our students to contribute to the blog, so if you would like to gain some writing experience, have an idea for a post, or just want to find out more, then simply email careers@cumbria.ac.uk.

You can write about anything at all – as long as you can relate it to careers! We are particularly interested in success stories from our Alumni (not just UoC alumni, but from our legacy institutions too!). Have you set up your own business? Landed your dream job straight out of Uni? Get in touch and share your experiences with us!

Email careers@cumbria.ac.uk to get involved!

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9 Tricks to Write a Blog Post in Less Than 30 Minutes

For all you bloggers out there, our regular student contributor Sam has written this helpful post with some tips for getting a blog post out fast!

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Writing a blog post can be notoriously time-consuming. In the present era, with ever tightening deadlines and increasing expectations, time is a precious commodity. So to help in your writing, here is a handy list of 9 ways of how to write a blog post in less than 30 minutes.

1. Let it come naturally

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Although it’s useful to have a plan of some sort prior to writing a blog, it is good to be flexible and not stick to rigidly to it. The key to doing this is letting things come naturally and just writing what you feel without thinking about it too hard.
This way you are not overthinking what you write and you can always correct any errors in flow or consistency later on. Writing naturally is often more fun than sticking to a pre-defined plan and normally results in a more genuine response than something which is artificially constructed. Just let it come…..

2. Write a bullet pointed plan before you start

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Following on from the previous bullet point, it is useful to have some sort of plan before you start. A simple bullet-pointed plan can be much more effective than copious amounts of planning. All you need are a few key words to get your writing juices flowing and you’re away……..

3. Give yourself a time limit

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It’s well-renowned that humans work better under a deadline. From personal experience, this is true! All those all-nighters I pulled writing my essays at University worked well. Well, they certainly boosted my productivity, knowing the essay had to be in the next morning!
On a serious note, having some sort of deadline to work towards (say 30 minutes……) can really focus your mind and get you bashing out the words at an accelerated speed. It gives you a target, an end-point, but most importantly a finishing line, which necessitates that you say everything you want to before time runs out. Hurry, the clock is ticking!

4. Have a list post

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These types of posts normally have the title of ’10 weird food combinations’ or maybe ‘9 tricks to write a blog post in It may be as simple as summarising the fundamental points of a topic or something like ‘Everything you need to know about Banking in 60 seconds’. A blog post like this can also be of a high quality as it is concise and gets to the point straight away. Furthermore, you might be more motivated if you are crossing of each bullet quickly, thus accentuating your efficiency.

5. Have a definite beginning, middle and end

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Linking with tip 2, it is useful to have some sort of structure if you are writing a blog post. It is only a rough idea of a beginning, middle and end. This can help focus your writing, whilst making sure you don’t waffle on too much. It can also improve the flow of your writing.

6. Eliminate all distractions

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Procrastination is almost a sport these days, it is that popular! It is unsurprising with the amount of distractions around, Facebook, games consoles, mobiles, TVs… the list goes on.
However, if you want to write a blog post in less than 30 minutes, you are going to have to make a conscious effort to get rid of these distractions.
Your blog post should be the only tab you have open on your computer. Furthermore, if the place you are working in is tidy that can also help as your mind goes into efficiency mode and there is no excuse to tidy things if they are already tidy…..

7. Check all your typos and errors at the end

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Everyone makes typos, it’s just a fact of life. Even the most experienced writers will make plenty of errors in writing a blog post.
However, correcting all your errors at the end of a text is a lot less time-consuming than editing your blog constantly all the way through, which becomes a bit laborious. So if you make an error, just keep typing and correct it at the end.

8. Chunk the paragraphs up

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Just as having a definite beginning, middle and end of a blog can help the speed of your piece, having that for each paragraph is useful to. You know the structure you are following, which makes compiling a blog post a lot easier.
If you keep to the same structure all the way through, it can increase the lucidity and coherence of your post and ultimately make it more readable.

9. Write from the heart

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Bloggers often write about the things they are passionate about, whether it be politics, food or sport, everyone has got a passion. If you are writing about something you care deeply about, the words tend to flow faster and more naturally, with a more heartfelt response.
Often if you write from the heart about something you have more to say which reduces time planning and allows you to be more spontaneous and subsequently faster in writing a blog.

Hopefully all these tips will boost your productivity and allow you to write a blog post in 30 minutes. If you combine all this advice with hard work and desire, there’s no telling how far you could go.

Remember, everything seems impossible until it actually happens…… you can do anything you want if you put your mind to it, including writing a blog post in less than 30 minutes!

By Sam Curran

Sam has his own proofreading business. He charges from £3.00 per 1,000 words. He can help with style and content as well as grammatical and formatting issues. Sam has proofread for 6 years and has proofread pieces of work from Undergraduate to PHD level as well as editing CVs, job applications and personal statements. The business has its own Facebook page ‘Efficient Editing’ which you can contact Sam through. You can also get in touch with Sam by emailing him at samcurran@live.co.uk

Five Transferable Skills We All Have

What do you do when your work history doesn’t match the skill set for the job you are applying for? Use your transferable skills! An important part of your time at University is getting your degree; that goes without saying. But employers will look at extra-curricular activities to differentiate the run-of-the-mill applicants from those they can see as a good fit with their company. Use them!

Volunteering

This is perhaps one of the easiest ways to get some extra experience on your CV – volunteer with a company, and you not only help that company, but help your employability as well. For example, if you are studying towards a career in law, volunteering as an Independent Custody Visitor through http://icva.org.uk/ will gain you valuable skills and knowledge in the judicial system.

Travelling

Have you been back-packing around the world on your gap year? Have you spent the summer working in a Summer Camp or driving across the USA? Travelling shows prospective employers that you are flexible, cultured and independent. Demonstrate the skills you used on your CV: Did you learn a new language? Did you have to organise yourself and others? All of these skills enhance your employability.

Part-time work

Think that your student job in a bar while you were studying has no place on your CV now that you are applying for a graduate job? Don’t be too quick to wipe it! A part-time job while you were studying shows employers that you have good time-management skills, are not afraid of hard work, and have well-developed interpersonal skills to boot!

Blogging

If you have something to say, then say it! If you are passionate and knowledgeable about a subject, but don’t have a lot of experience, then starting a blog can demonstrate to employers that you have the skills and knowledge required. It’s a great way to demonstrate your writing skill as well as helping you to develop your own voice.

Interests (not hobbies!!)

Make the most of the ‘interests’ section on your CV by highlighting how your interests make you the perfect fit for the company. Any interest you have, be it photography, playing the violin, sports or even bird-watching, can prove that you have one skill or another; motivation, passion, a drive to succeed. As long as you can link your interest with a skill that is required by the company, include it on your CV!

What transferable skills do you have?

Friday’s Featured Vacancy 06/12/13

Marked Events are looking for a Written Communication Specialist … … are you the person for the job? Marked Events are busier than ever, with lots of exciting top-secret projects in the pipeline. Because they keep growing, they require someone to write compelling content across all areas of the business. They are looking for a dynamic and passionate copywriter to join the team at their offices in Preston, Lancashire.

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The Job:
You’ll serve as part of a brilliant team of passionate, entertaining and clever people dedicated to delivering excellence it all we do. We’re a relatively small team when contrasted with the huge events we manage, so it’s crucial for us to hire someone who enjoys a broad and multi-faceted position. Some of the best parts of the job you’ll need to see to believe – like BPM, the world’s biggest event for DJs. The show is a hectic, crazy, wild event that will absolutely blow you away. We’re looking for someone who will work their socks off throughout the event and then crack open a beer with the team at the end of it all feeling immensely proud to have been involved. Other responsibilities will include writing website and leaflet copy, magazine articles, news items, press releases, blog posts and social media updates. You’ll also conduct interviews, review compilation CDs and make the occasional brew. There will also be an editorial aspect to the role, so be prepared to flex your proofreading muscles!

We’re a friendly bunch and want someone who is going to fit in. If you are passionate about grammar and crafting creative copy, can fit in well with a close-knit group of fun and hardworking people and have a good sense of humour, then that sounds like you. This is a full-time role based at our office in Preston, which has free parking and good transport links. Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9:30am – 5:30pm, with a half an hour break for lunch. However, we’re not looking for a clock-watcher, but someone who will enjoy their work and put in the time needed to complete their tasks to a high standard. We would like our new employee to start in January 2014.

About Marked Events Ltd:
We are Marked Events Ltd. We are also Dancefloor Couture, the BPM & PRO shows and also Pro Mobile magazine. As you can tell, we’ve got our fingers in a few different pies, which is just how we like it! Essentially, we’re a young, creative and forward thinking media, events and entertainment company. Our core business is within the DJ and sound & lighting sector. We manage live events, exhibitions, conferences, publishing and online media. We use cutting-edge technology and the latest media tools to provide effective B2B & B2C communications for our in-house publications and events, as well as our external clients.

For more information, you can find the vacancy on our JobShop (ref: CUM131129/40)

Before submitting your application, spend some time at www.visitbpm.co.uk, www.promobile.org.uk, www.mobiledjconference.co.uk and www.dancefloorcouture.co.uk to better understand what we do. If you like what you see, then send your CV, a covering letter and some relevant examples of your written work to iwantajob@markedevents.co.uk by Friday the 20th of December 2013.