Why do applications get rejected?


With the recruitment season in full swing and 220 job ads on SSE Careers Online – here is some excellent advice from graduate-jobs.com via Warwick Careers Blog

Originally posted on The Careers Blog:

Why did my job application get rejected? Why didn’t I get an interview? What am I doing wrong?”

Sound familiar? Well, don’t waste time and energy waiting for an employer to fill in the blanks – they simply don’t have the time. Fortunately, the good folk at graduate-jobs.com have done the work on your behalf to find out why applications get rejected. Over to James Howell, Content and Marketing Executive for the team…

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Kick-off for MSc Mentor Program 2014/15

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Last night, over 160 MSc students, SSE alumni and Corporate Partners gathered for the official start of the 2014/15 MSc Mentor program. After a brief introduction from Professor Pär Åhlström, Dean  Degree Programs, stating the program’s important part in the support of students personal and career development, mentors and mentées got the opportunity to meet and connect. From what we saw of all the animated discussions going on, in every corner of the atrium, long after supposed closing time, this year’s program has every chance of becoming a huge success.

Creating your personal brand

I was recently asked to take part in a panel of “career experts” in Svenska Dagbladet, giving my views on how best to create your personal brand in the workplace. Pondering the question, I realized how much I dislike this expression. Although with a background from sales and marketing myself, I cannot identify with comparing people to brands.

In my opinion, being successful within a company is all about getting to know people and building relationships. Forget about yourself and start thinking about what you can do for others. Show some genuine interest in you colleagues and your boss. Who are these people, what are their dreams and goals? Listen to what they have to tell you. Offer your help, even if it’s not in your job description. Be generous, share your own knowledge and experience. Give praise, show your appreciation. It might sound altruistic but I believe that this “strategy of kindness” is the most effective way of building the relationships necessary for a successful career.


Why You Must Be Using LinkedIn and Take Your Profile Seriously

As a student, you may feel that there are more fun places to go on the internet than Linkedin, but the fact is that if you care about your career, you really don’t have a choice. The number of recruiters using LinkedIn to find candidates is exploding and you need to be there to be searchable.

Read about The Most Important LinkedIn Page You’ve Never Seen and more in this article from Wire.com.


Blind Applying – top employers offer secret internships all over the world

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We’re back!

The Careers Blog has been sadly inactive recently, due to excessive workload. This is now going to change. We’ll start by giving a warm welcome to all our new students. Hopefully, you’ve settled in well at SSE and are beginning to find your way around the premises. A special welcome to our international students – we hope you’ll have a wonderful time here in our beautiful city of Stockholm.

By now, you should all have received log in credentials to our Careers portal, SSE Careers Online. If not, just drop us an email at careerservices@hhs.se.

This week, we’re launching a new  free services, GoingGlobal.


Going Global country-specific career and employment database contains more than 80,000 pages of constantly-updated information on topics such as: work permit/visa regulations, resume writing guidelines and examples, employment trends, salary ranges, networking groups and cultural/interviewing advice. World-wide job openings, internship listings, and corporate profiles are also included.

You’ll find GoingGlobal under your Shortcuts at SSE Careers Online.


Business Creator of the Year 2014

ARCTISTIC / Photo: Nicklas GustafssonCongratulations Olof Svanberg, 19, on winning 1st place in entrepreneurship competition “Business Creator of the Year” , as well as a place at SSE BSc program in Business & Economics. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to SSE in the fall.

Announcement: New Career Services webpage and online recruitment portal at SSE main webpage

Our online services (career libraries, applications guidelines etc) have moved to the new Career Services page at the SSE Student Portal. You need to be a registered student to access most of the services.

General information  is now to be found at the SSE Career Services  page at the SSE  main website. Please visit us there.

This blogsite will continue as it was originally intended to be – a career blog for SSE students and friends.

Looking forward to keeping in touch.


Don’t miss out: Gain new insights for your own career and win cool prices

Stockholm School of Economics is cooperating with Potentialpark in an international study. Our study is investigating the online communication between you and your future employers.

 Do you also find online job applications confusing and inefficient? Is it difficult and time-consuming for you to find the right career information at companies online?

 Now, you have a chance to change it: http://survey.potentialpark.com/s3/OTaC2014

 and you also …

 1) get the chance to win an iPad/iPhone

2) get a 12 issue digital subscription of the Bloomberg magazine for only $5 (when you complete the survey)

3) shape the future of online recruitment so that it will become easier to find the right career opportunities and to apply for jobs online.

4) learn more about the latest trends in online recruitment and gain insights that will be valuable for your own career.

5) receive the results if you are interested in. 

The survey is anonymous, independent and not sponsored by any company. It is considered as an important source of information for some of the largest companies in the world and influences the development of career websites, mobile phone apps and social media communication.

 The results will be published in the media worldwide in the spring 2014.

Take the BAT for free on November 27 or 28

Stockholm School of Economics is offering students the chance to take the Bloomberg Assessment Test (BAT) FREE of charge on campus. By taking the BAT you gain insight into your strengths and weaknesses as relative to a career in finance while at the same time showcasing your abilities to a wide range of financial employers.

After taking the BAT you have the opportunity to enter your profile into the Bloomberg Talent Search – a tool that over 20,000 financial employers are using to find top new talent for financial employment opportunities.  The Talent Search allows employers to view BAT results on an anonymous basis and send connection requests to students that may be a match for their roles.  Being included in the Talent Search allows you to gain access to great career opportunities with absolutely no downside. To participate go to www.takethebat.com and register for one of the upcoming BAT test sessions on campus.

As an added benefit this year, Bloomberg is also providing all BAT test-takers with a complementary six month subscription to Bloomberg Briefs – Bloomberg’s premium industry specific newsletter valued at $2,000 and used by tens of thousands of hedge fund managers, bankers and portfolio managers.  Access to Bloomberg Briefs provides students insight into the industry, helps them to stay up-to-date on current events and enhances performance in interviews. After taking the BAT, students will gain access to a premium pack that includes the daily Economics Brief and the daily Mergers Brief along with the weekly Private Equity and Hedge Fund Briefs.

Upcoming Test Sessions:

27 November and 28 November @ 5:30pm

Location: Saltmätargatan 13-17, PC Lab 3 & 4

  Don’t miss the opportunity to: 

* Identify your personal strengths

* Explore financial career opportunities

* Promote yourself to employers worldwide

* Enhance your CV and distinguish yourself in interviews

* Be contacted for full-time and internship opportunities

 The BAT is open to all students and recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in finance and no preparation is necessary, so sign up today! (Space is limited)

If you have any questions please contact: Sorena Amini (Student ambassador, Bloomberg Institute), sorenaamini@gmail.com