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Receive a free laptop when you enrol on a programme this September

For a very limited time, we are offering a brand new laptop when you enrol on a course with us.

A laptop is undeniably a necessity for online learners. Laptops give our students the flexibility and freedom they need to study anytime, anywhere. We recognise the value of a laptop for educational success and we want our students to have the best start possible.

Got a question? Here are some FAQs that may help.

Is it completely free?

The laptop is complimentary but we have some eligibility conditions:

  • The course must be over £995.
  • Course fees must be paid in a single transaction with no discounts applied.
  • UK delivery is free but overseas students will need to pay insured shipping costs.

Can I keep the laptop?

Yes, the laptop is yours to keep – even after you have finished your course.

For more information about our laptop offer, please email [email protected]

Offer ends Saturday, 30th September 2017.

How to avoid the top six most common job interview mistakes

It’s essential to use an interview to showcase your best qualities and ensure you’re memorable for all the right reasons. Here are the mistakes made time and time again by candidates.

  1. Failing to prepare

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Think about the questions you’ll be asked and go to the interview with a few anecdotes to show off your experience. Go the extra mile when researching the company – find out everything you possibly can. Familiarise yourself with the company’s online presence and make sure to research your interviewers on LinkedIn and Twitter.

  1. Asking no questions

To an employer, no questions signal no interest. An interview is a two-way street, you should ask questions as well as answer them. This is your chance to assess if this company is a good employer so ask the questions that occurred to you as you were doing your pre-interview research.

  1. Dressing inappropriately

The general rule of thumb is formal clothing. First impressions are, by definition, instant; before you have had a chance to discuss your experience, you have already been judged on your appearance. Play it safe and go for a suit; smart attire will demonstrate that you can fit into a professional environment.

  1. Criticising previous employers

You may have bad personal feelings about current/previous employers but never bad-mouth them in an interview. You don’t want to give a potential employer the impression that you’re difficult to work with. Be diplomatic and don’t draw attention to negative aspects of your current/previous job.

  1. Talking too much or too little

Don’t talk yourself out of a job. Stay composed and think before you answer, you don’t want to bore the interviewer. Make sure you give enough information but don’t waffle and miss the point.

  1. Negative body language

Body language can have a significant impact on how you’re perceived so think about how you express yourself. Maintain eye contact, sit up straight and mirror your interviewer. Be sure to smile, too!

Learn how to impress your interviewer in our blog: How to impress in your interview.

Top 10 Student Discounts for July

Balancing finances is one of the biggest challenges facing students, and that’s where we want to help. Every month we will highlight our favourite student discounts so you never have to pay full price again.

Amazon Prime – Amazon Student membership gives you One-Day Delivery on millions of eligible items for six months, unlimited streaming of more than 15,000 Movies and TV Shows with Prime Video, access to over a million songs and hundreds of hand-built playlists, with Prime Music. Plus, after the six-month trial, you’ll only need to pay £39/year for Prime membership (50% off).

Apple – Apple offers students special education pricing for Mac and iPad. You can save up to 10% on Mac and 5% on iPad.

Groupon – Enjoy a 10% student discount when you purchase a deal on Groupon.

McDonalds – Get a free Cheeseburger, Mayo Chicken or McFlurry Original with the purchase of an Extra Value Meal or Wrap Meal.

National Express – 26% discount on travel across the UK. The coaches serve all major towns and cities, as well as many of the main airports, direct to the terminal door.

Odeon – Receive an additional 25% off student ticket prices. Valid Monday to Thursday.

Pure Gym – Students can get up to 20% off gym memberships. Most classes are free and they’re open 24/7 with no contract and the option to freeze your membership if necessary.

Ticket Factory –  you’ll only pay a £1 fulfilment fee on the order which reduces the fees by more than 50%.

Zizzi – 30% off your total food bill every Monday & Tuesday, and 25% off your total food bill Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays. Offer available to 31st July 2017.

16-25 Railcard – if you’re aged 16 to 25, you can enjoy 1/3 off rail fares when you go by train. The Railcard costs £30 for the year and with your NUS card, you can save 12% off this cost.

 

To find out more about registering for an NUS card with Online Business School, click here. Don’t forget that the NUS card comes with a free ISIC card, so our international students can still benefit from thousands of discounts.

 

10 steps to writing a good CV

It’s that time of year again. You’ve graduated and now you’re job hunting – but so is everyone else. How do you set yourself apart?

A strong CV is your best chance to make a good first impression, so you’ve got to get it right. Here’s how.

  1. Presentation and layout

We live in a world where presentation is everything. Make your CV stand out by creating a professional-looking document. Ensure it is easy on the eye by using the correct font including size with sufficient white space to break up the text. Bullet points can help to divide the layout of your CV and enhance its readability.

  1. Keep it concise

Keep your CV to the recommended two pages. The aim of the CV is to get an interview, not to tell your life story. Employers spend, on average, just 8 seconds looking at any one CV. To keep their interest, you must be clear and concise.

  1. Tailor it to the role

Create a unique CV for every job you apply for. It is a huge mistake to send the same generic CV for every job application. You must tailor your CV to each role you apply for. Take the time to research the company and use the job specification to work out exactly what skills you should point out to them in your CV.

  1. Proofread

Errors on a CV demonstrate a lack of professionalism and will most likely lead to your application being rejected. Ensure attention to detail; use a spellchecker and ask someone else to double-check what you’ve written.

  1. Include key information

Personal details, including name, address, phone number, email address and any professional social media presence should be clear. It is not necessary to include a date of birth or a photo.

  1. Include a personal statement

The personal statement sits at the top of your CV and is the first section the employer will come across. Give a brief overview of the qualities you have to offer and reference your skills and experience ensuring they are tailored to the position. Keep it between 30-60 words and no more than 5 lines long.

  1. Avoid CV clichés

Buzzwords make your CV meaningless – employers see the same words used over and over again. Swap them for plain, factual statements to show you’re right for the job.

  1. Quantify your achievements

This is one of the most effective ways to attract an employer’s attention. Use metrics or results for at least 40% of the bullet points on your CV. Employers love to see numbers – they add credibility to your accomplishments.

  1. Don’t leave gaps

You need to account for recent gaps in employment. Employers will be suspicious if you conceal a gap. Instead show how you used the time constructively. Mention volunteering, training courses or creating your own project.

  1. Keep it up-to-date

It’s crucial to review your CV on a regular basis whether you’re looking for a job or not. Update your CV with new skills and experience as often as you can, so you don’t later forget something that could be important.

Learn how to eliminate mistakes from your CV in our blog: 14 CV mistakes to avoid.

 

Online Business School students can register for an NUS Extra Card

We are pleased to announce that we are now an NUS (National Union of Students) affiliated organisation. We are always looking for ways to help our students and are therefore delighted that our students are now eligible to purchase an NUS Extra Card.

200 discounts

NUS extra is the number 1 student discount card offering over 200 UK student discounts that you can use online and in store. Top brands include:

  • 10% off at the Co-op
  • 10% off ASOS
  • Up to 40% off at PizzaExpress
  • 25% off Odeon student priced tickets

42,000 International Discounts

The NUS extra card also comes with a free ISIC (International Student Identity Card).  The ISIC card is the only internationally accepted proof of certified student status. It provides over 42,000 international discounts in over 130 countries. You can view all the discounts and offers available here.

Please visit the NUS website to order your card.

 

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