WHAT ARE EMPLOYERS REALLY LOOKING FOR?

Employers are looking for a broad range of experiences and skills. Here’s what you can do to develop and demonstrate some of the most important ones.

Commerciality

Building commercial awareness takes time and on-the-job experience. But you can develop understanding of the business world, and the ability to look at situations from a commercial perspective, that will strengthen your position.

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Influence

What you say can have a powerful impact on someone. Making them understand your views could even change their mind. It's an important skill in business. Voice coach Caroline Goyder explains how it can be learned.

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Leadership

Leadership is a critical attribute for all of our people at EY. From our CEO to our trainees, our organisation depends on high performing teams. Learn tips from psychologist and leadership expert Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic.

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Collaboration

Working well with others to achieve a shared goal is a key skill in business. You're not expected to know everything yourself, so it's important to recognise your own strengths and those of people around you in order to achieve the best results. Hear from two business leaders about how to demonstrate you're a team player.

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Personal brand

Did you know, people will form a lasting opinion of you after just 7 seconds? Make sure it's a good one with this advice about the key principles of building a strong personal brand - whether online or face-to-face.

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WHY EMPLOYABILITY MATTERS

Employability is as much a state of mind as it is a set of skills. Discover how to build your appeal to employers.

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MORE TIPS

Everyone needs advice, and we've assembled some renowned experts to give you the best of their wisdom.

Top tips

What our experts wish they'd known when they started out.

Overcoming shyness

Lack of confidence can hold you back at work. See how to overcome it.

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WHAT I WISH I'D KNOWN AS A STUDENT....

What if you could rewind the clock? We asked our panel of experts what they wish they'd known.

Rajeeb

Should you ‘be yourself’ in an interview? How can you show your value to an organisation?

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Caroline

What does an influence expert wish she had known before she became an expert?

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Tomas

A renowned business psychologist reveals what he wishes he'd known when he started his career.

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Q&A WITH THE EXPERTS

Discover what experience has taught our experts.

Bianca Q&A

Bianca was HR Advisor to graduates at a leading professional services firm. She formed a personal brand development service in 2012.

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Alice Q&A

Alice manages a world-leading skincare brand, and she's been an actress too. She's interviewed many graduates, so she knows what works - and what doesn't.

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Charlie Q&A

While studying at university, Charlie worked with the police and won an award for flying solo with the Royal Navy. He joined EY after graduating he is now co-founder of careers app, Debut.

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Kath Q&A

Kath qualified as a chartered accountant in 1996 and became a partner at EY in 2006. She's held several leadership roles in EY's Assurance service line.

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OUR FUTURE READY MAGAZINE

We published our thoughts and tips on what being 'future ready' means for you.

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APPLICATION, INTERVIEW AND ASSESSMENT CENTRE TIPS

Stand out from the crowd during our recruitment process.

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