Tips to help graduates and students land a job

In order to share expert tips on how young people can get their foot in the door and break into the industry, the global technology brand HONOR has joined forces with leading creatives to give you just that . The insightful video puts together guidance from the best in the industry to provide young people with all the resources they need to stand out from the crowd, providing job seekers unprecedented access to career advice, from how to make your CV or portfolio leap out to how individuals can use their imagination to get noticed in interviews. 

The video is part of the HONOR Academy ‘Stand Out With HONOR’ global creative initiative, which aims to help students take their job-hunting skills and  to the next level, with expert guidance from Laura Jordan Bambach, Chief Creative Officer of Grey London,Francisca Maass, Chief Creative Officer of Grey Hamburg, Pete Way, Creative Director of BCW London, Tristan Macherel, Executive Creative Director of LANDOR & FITCH Europe and Christian Bracht, CEO of Sleek Magazine. These experts talk candidly about their own personal experiences interviewing for work, as well as providing tips about how young people can move their career forward.

 George Zhao, President of HONOR said: “2020 is a year filled with uncertainty and for those fresh out of university, the competition for jobs is tougher than ever. Through our Stand Out with HONOR creative program, we want to help young people take full advantage of their own creativity and utilise tech tools like the HONOR MagicBook Series to get a head start, by helping them stand out from the crowd and make a winning first impression.”


Developing your CV or portfolio:

  • Design matters: With so many CVs to look through, it’s amazing how many applicants don’t consider what their CV looks like. Remember to put thought into how your CV looks, and avoid following generic templates that are available online (Laura Jordan Bambach, Grey London) 
  • Tailor it to the job: Just as covering notes are always different, your CV should be too. Always tailor your CV to the specific job and make it personal, as this is what will help make your CV stand out and will show your attention to detail when applying for roles (Pete Way, BCW) 
  • Difference inspires: If you’ve done something creative or have interesting experience that is outside of the industry you want to work for, don’t be afraid to include it in your CV. What you do outside of work and the things you’re passionate about is just as important as your education and shows potential employers who you are as a person (Pete Way, BCW)


Looking for a job:

  • Don’t be afraid to reach out directly: Even if a place doesn’t have a role for you, find out who the creative leadership team is for the agency you want to work for and approach them directly. The relationships and network you can build will only ever do you good in the future (Laura Jordan Bambach, Grey London) 
  • Build your own empire: Get out there and see what you can do for yourself. Find connections and partners you might like to work for and don’t shy away from your own creative pursuits (Laura Jordan Bambach, Grey London)


Impressing in the room or over the Internet:

  • Make it conversational: Asking questions isn’t a bad thing. Incite a conversation with the interviewer by asking what they think about a certain subject to create a natural flow of conversation and make the chat more memorable (Pete Way, BCW) 
  • Passion is key: Don’t be afraid to bring examples of your work in or talk about your passion projects outside of work. If you have done something relevant and cool and can speak about it with courage and conviction, then you’ll get a chance to show the interviewer a different side to yourself (Pete Way, BCW) 
  • Knowledge is power: Do your research on the agency you’re interviewing for and be prepared to speak about your favourite campaigns and pieces of work they have done. Outside of work the agency has done, it’s more important than ever to be culturally aware and have an understanding of what’s going on in the industry and the impact that has on the business (Pete Way, BCW)


Taking care of formalities:

  • Prepare your surroundings: Interviews are much shorter when they are virtual so it’s harder to make instant connections.  Make sure you’re fully prepared in advance – check all the technology works ahead of time and that you have all the right software downloaded onto your laptop. Think about what’s around you and find a calm space where you’re not going to interrupted. Check the lighting and sound and make sure you do a tidy up beforehand, so you come across professional (Laura Jordan Bambach, Grey London)


  • Don’t be afraid to follow up: Always send a thank you note and don’t be afraid to follow up a couple of times. If you haven’t heard back, try tweeting or another method to start a dialogue of conversation in a different space (Laura Jordan Bambach, Grey London)


The HONOR MagicBook Pro (16+512GB) is available now from £849.99, whilst you can pick up the HONOR MagicBook 14 (8+256GB) and HONOR MagicBook 15 (8+256GB) from £549.99 – kitted out with all the pro tools and power you need, without the hefty price tag. 

To find out more visit and discover how you can #StandOutWithHONOR.

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