Personal Branding: Brand Yourself for Success

We provide a number of services to universities and are particularly well known for our assessment simulation programmes and mock assessment centres but did you know we also run a variety of standalone workshops? You can read more about our university offer on the university page of our website. 

One of our most popular workshops is our Personal Branding workshop where students will cover the following to help them define their brand:

  • Theory on branding

  • Brand Promise – what you stand for

  • Greatest Strength – what you bring to the employer that will be an asset

  • Brand Personality – the elements that make up your brand promise

  • Values – what’s important to you

  • Differentiators – what makes you unique

MD, Sophie Milliken recently wrote an article for Careers Experts on Personal Branding. Read it HERE.


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Large scale assessment centre simulations set to DOUBLE this year!

We’ve become known for our assessment simulations which we run for groups of students as small and select as five to over 1000. We have run these as generic programmes in conjunction with Careers Services where students from different years of study and different courses can take advantage of the experience. In our opinion, the real success of the simulations is when we work with the Careers Service and the course leaders. That three pronged approach adds huge value and gives students the best opportunities.

This year, all of our previous university clients have renewed their contracts with us highlighting the value they feel we bring to their students. We’ve also increased the numbers of students we work with at some universities and we are delighted to be partnering with even more universities – to be announced soon!

Our assessment simulations are bespoke to each course so that students are provided with the most realistic experience possible. Students attending the mock assessment centres often comment on how realistic they are once they experience real life situations to make that comparison. Universities can choose which elements of the selection process they want to include from the point of application, through to tests, telephone or video interview then choosing from a range of exercise types at assessment centre. With our large scale assessment centres, logistics can be a fun challenge for us! We tend to run these at football grounds which we find are the perfect venue to add excitement as well as a sense of formality. Last year we enjoyed utilising the football grounds of Manchester City, Tottenham and Watford.

We know our students have great potential and this unit has prepared them for the challenges that employers present as part of their assessment and selection processes. We have had extremely positive feedback from the ISS (Internal Student Experience Survey) highlighting that the assessment centre provided a “high level of preparation and support for assessing work opportunities, giving our students confidence for future assessments, aiding professional development especially through assessment centre interview techniques and presentation skills.
We feel that it has now become a necessity to prepare our students for this method of application and working with Smart Resourcing Solutions has provided us with the support and level of professionalism that is now expected more than ever in the workplace. The organisation of the assessment is such a huge undertaking and the level of detail considered has ensured the assessment created impact for our students.
We can now be confident that all our students have the skills to cope with the competition set up for them nationally and to compete confidently amongst their peers and we are one step in-front of the graduate process implementing this at a much earlier stage of their university life.
We are now seeing some important behavioural changes in both appetite and application for placements. It is also pleasing to observe the students taking control of their personal and professional development in such a proactive manner.
— Caroline Herz, Curriculum Co-ordinator and Employability Champion, MMU
Etihad Stadium, venue for MMU assessment simulation

Smart Resourcing Solutions becomes NBSL registered provider

We are delighted to be a registered provider with NBSL for recruitment consultancy services. The North East Business Support Fund offers £2800 towards business improvement projects in the North East. We are able to support eligible businesses by working with you to identify a talent and recruitment strategy as well as designing and delivering assessment processes. We have specialist knowledge of the graduate and apprenticeship market and can identify how this talent pool will add value to your business.

Click HERE to read more about the scheme and see if you are eligible, take a look here:


Graduate Job Podcast

At Smart Resourcing Solutions we have been fans of the marvelous Graduate Job Podcast for some time. The Graduate Job Podcast is aimed at inspiring graduates and students in their search for the job of their dreams. Each week they speak to the cream of the world of graduate recruitment, from authors, bloggers, career coaches, entrepreneurs to the recruiters themselves. This brilliant and free resource provides so much useful content and advice for students and graduates. As founder James Curran often states – it is the kind of resource he wishes he had available when he was at university.

Managing Director, Sophie Milliken, recorded a podcast for the series covering what you need to do to get that graduate job. The episode covers the ins and outs of the graduate recruitment process, looking specifically at psychometric testing, assessment centres, job interviews, group exercises and presentations. There are top tips, insider secrets, and what is needed to stand out from the crowd and get a graduate job. Click here to listen to the show.


Associate team event

Sophie hosted the first Smart Resourcing Solutions extended team event in Leeds yesterday with our core team members and some of our key associate team. The day started with a bit of fun during our photo shoot and we enjoyed making some silly faces! Sophie gave a presentation showcasing her personal highlights from the last four years as well as outlining her exciting vision for the future. There was a lively discussion sharing ideas and what works well amongst the wider team as well as hearing more from our new members.

Our new goodie bags were a hit and a delicious lunch was enjoyed afterwards at Gusto on Greek Street. We look forward to holding wider associate events on an annual basis.