Develop your employability skills

Resources and support to develop your employability skills

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Recruiters want to know about your skills, what you can do, how well you can do it, and where and when you developed these skills. Research shows that employers rate previous work experience as one of the most valued attributes a graduate can bring to a role.

You can demonstrate your skills by gaining work or voluntary experience. This lets you turn knowledge you’re gaining into practice, builds understanding of the sector you want to work in (commercial awareness), and helps you develop on-the-job skills.

Our guides and other resources will help you build upon your existing skills to boost your chances of finding a career that suits you.

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Develop your transferable skills and gain recognition for them through one of our Dundee Plus programmes

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Advice on preparing or updating your CV.

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You’ll usually send a covering letter or email along with your CV. A covering letter is a short document (usually A4) where you can tailor your application and highlight the most relevant aspects of your CV.

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A personal statement is a short piece of writing that you are usually asked to submit when applying for postgraduate study or research, but you may also be asked for one when applying for jobs or work experience.

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Many recruiters use assessment centres as part of the process of selecting the best candidate for the role. They will give you the chance to demonstrate your abilities in a variety of practical tasks and work-like activities.

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Volunteering is a great way to build your skills and enhance your employability, while at the same time giving something back to a great cause or charity.

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Take a gap year or do a summer placement abroad.

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Learn why work experience can help you when it comes to applying for a job, and how to find a relevant opportunity.

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Learn how to develop your networking skills so that you can find new opportunities, practice existing skills, and develop new ones.

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Leadership Plus is a skills development programme which has a specific focus on developing leadership skills among students.

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Many employers, from large multinationals to smaller organisations, use recruitment agencies to fill their vacancies. They can allow you to tap into a wide range of unadvertised jobs, both temporary and permanent.

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You can register and access the CareersPortal to book appointments, search for jobs, and submit careers-related questions.

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Access a wide range of careers related services and information including the University JobShop and book appointments with careers advisers.

Visit the CareersPortal