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How to get the job you want
General Career Advice
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General Career Advice
Date: 02/05/08, updated on 13/05/08 (58 review reads)
Advantages: Good handy hints
Disadvantages: It is a general guidline only
Employment Advice in General
I work and have worked for many years with people who are trying to return to the labour market and are having problems in doing so for a variety of different reasons. Over the years I have gained experience in just how to get the job that you want. I have put together some very general information below and I hope it is helpful.
Where to look for jobs-
Try and have an idea of what job will suit your circumstance before you start jobseraching; how many hours can you work? What days and times suit you? Where can you travel? What wage do you require? This will save a lot of wasted time. Only apply for jobs that you will actually be able to do.
Be realistic, don't apply for jobs that you are not experienced or qualified enough to do.
Don't underestimate yourself either. Realise your self worth and apply for jobs accordingly
The Jobcentreplus Internet site is very useful www.jobcentreplus.co.uk
The S1 jobs is also very good www.s1jobs.co.uk
There are so many jobs sites available so if you are having difficulty finding a suitable jobsite simply use a search engine imputing the type of job you are looking for.
Company's own websites. Fancy working for a particular business? Simply visit their website and search for current vacancies.
Word of mouth is also a very good way to find word. Ask around.
Firstly always read the form and guidance notes thoroughly before putting pen to paper.
Take a copy of the completed application form, this will help you prepare if you are offered an interview.
Read the job advert and note down the key skills the employer is looking for. Think about your skills and abilities that you have and then in your own words describe the matching skills you have.
It is always helpful to give examples of times you have used these skills effectively.
Try and keep in the space allocated, if absolutely necessary add an additional sheet but try never to leave large blanks spaces.
Always sound positive even if the information you are giving is negative
Example- I have unfortunately been out of work for some time but I am very keen to return to the labour market and have the skills that you require
Rather than just- Unable to find a job for the last two years.
As with application forms this is your chance to sell yourself so you CV must be up to scratch.
It is often useful to get someone to help you with you CV as often there are skills and abilities you have that you do not recognise as so.
It is useful to think back to an average day in every previous job and note down the tasks you did, the responsibilities you had etc.
An ideal CV layout-
Give details here of the kind of person you are and the skills and experience you have to offer
A hardworking and experienced customer service advisor with excellent interpersonal skills..........
Bullet point the Key Skills you have to offer
E.g. Excellent Team Player
Usually the last 15 years.
Include the name of the employer, your job title, the dates you worked and a brief outline of you main duties
All qualifications and training
Very brief details ideally maximum of two lines
Should simply state available on request
Do a bit on research on the company so you can answer any questions that may arise about it
Be confident and remember the interviewer is just an ordinary person like you. They may be nervous too
Always be prepared for an interview, never just go in blind and hope for the best.
Always know exactly where you are going and who to ask for.
Best to be ten minutes early
Think about why you feel you would be good at the job and have this clear in your mind. If you do not get a chance to tell the interviewer in your replies to questions then make sure you let them know at the end.
Always dress as smartly as possible. If you have a suit then great, if not then dress as smartly as possible. Try is possible to ensure your clothes are well fitting as this gives a good impression.
No matter how nervous you are always try and smile, as no one likes a glum face, try and let a little (and only a little) personality shine through
Body language is important so stand tall, sit upright in the chair, do not fidget and try to relax.
Have answers in you mind to general interview questions for example- why do you want this job? What could you bring to this company? Etc. etc.
If there are any questions you are concerned a potential employer will ask then try and have a very positive answer ready.
For example- I see you have very large gaps in employment, can you explain this
Possible answer- Due to my line of employment my work was mainly short term contracts meaning there have been gaps in my employment. I am now seeking more permanent employment and I have the skills and abilities to do the job you are advertising.
I see you have a criminal record
Always seek professional advice about this before an interview; there is an entire process about how to Disclose criminal convictions
In general always be truthful as stating you can do things that you cant generally catches up with you
Always have a few questions that you want to ask, this shows an interest.
Good questions are very general, what about holidays etc
Hope this information was useful and good luck if you are Job searching
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