- Things to take
- Interview Tips
- Questions you may be asked
- Questions you can ask
- Questions to avoid
- Closing the Interview
- Factors contributing to
- Negative Response at Interview
- Evaluating the Interview
- Negotiate your package
- Receiving a Job Offer
How to Keep a Job Search Discreet
Do your homework
Consider internal options first
Keep it secret if necessary
When to tell your boss
Interview on your own time
Provide the right references
Don’t accept the counteroffer
Leave on good terms
Pre Interview anxiety?- Do NOT calm down
Opening paragraphYour opening paragraph should pique the interest of the potential employer. Say why you are writing. Name the position that you are interested in, how you learned of the opening or organisation and why you are interested in the company.
Second paragraphThe second paragraph should create a desire to read further. Provide additional information concerning your education, experience, qualities and interests as they relate to the position. Expand on your CV rather than repeat the CV’s content. Tell the employer specifically what you have to offer the organisation and support your claim with proof/examples.
Closing paragraphIn your closing paragraph ask for action. Either indicate to the employer that you will be calling them within a specific period or desire the employer to contact you. Be sure to emphasise your appreciation for their time.
DO NOT make spelling mistakesThe advent of the spellchecker makes this inexcusable and reflects poorly on your application.
Don’t lieHiding periods of unemployment is one of the biggest mistakes. As innocent as the omission may be, the prospective employer can view it as an attempt to hide something.
Personal informationSuch as your religion, race, marital or family status, is irrelevant to job applications. Your prospective employer is not allowed to judge you on these criteria when making a hiring decision.
ReferencesDo not include copies of certificates or written references, unless requested to do so. This results in a bulky CV, which reduces the impact of information that is otherwise well presented. References are usually checked at the final stage of the recruitment process and therefore you are normally asked at interview for permission to seek references from the relevant party. If you want to mention references, put ‘References are available on request’ at the end of your CV.
Other notesIt is unnecessary to include a passport photograph unless specifically requested to do so. Don’t forget your contact details; it may sound obvious, however it does happen.
- Confine CV to 2 or 3 pages
- Keep your CV single-sided
- Never bind your CV
- Avoid fancy covers
- Make sure there is enough ‘white space’. Let your CV breathe.
- Don’t try to squeeze everything on to one page.
- Use bullet points wherever possible
- Try not to have 3-4 lines of text at one time as this makes your CV look dense.
- Don’t overuse underlines, italics and bold fonts
CVs should cover the following areas:
Work Experience and Achievements
- Where you work
- What type of industry you work in
- What dates have you worked there from
- Your job title
- Your main responsibilities
A Curriculum Vitae is a summary of your skills, accomplishments, experiences and education designed to capture a prospective employer’s interest.
- Get you an interview by intriguing a potential employer
- Encourage the interviewer to focus on your achievements
- Help you to remember the key points that you want to emphasise at interviews
- Leave the interviewer with a clear reminder of what you could do for their organisation
How to make the most of your LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn is the world’s leading online professional directory of individuals and companies, but more than that it has become an invaluable tool for networking, job searching and personal branding. When someone googles you it is more than likely that your LinkedIn profile will appear in the first or second spot on the results page and as such it is important to keep your profile as relevant and up to date as possible. Our recent survey highlighted the importance of LinkedIn as a source of job opportunities. Many companies actively recruit on LinkedIn while recruiters are constantly trawling, on the lookout for passive candidates. Even if you are settled in your job LinkedIn is an avenue for recruiters to contact you regarding suitable (or better) career opportunities.
What is it?
How branding works
- A. being a part of the information age
- B. the increase in contract, part time and project work over permanent jobs
- C. Increase in number of career moves in the career lifespan
- D. the rapid rise in unemployment and so increased level of competition for permanent jobs, contracts, projects or consulting business