Helping you prepare for work
Wherever possible, we would like to help our residents improve their financial situation and one such way is to provide tips on how to get back into work.
Here, you'll find information about getting your CV right, how to apply for jobs, what to write in a covering letter and how to 'sell yourself' at interview.
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Getting ready to search for work
Here, you will find tips on preparing your CV and writing covering letters to best showcase your skills and experience. Click on one of the links below to learn more:
Starting your proactive job search
So, you’ve put together a great CV which showcases your skills, experience and ability and you’ve practiced how to write an effective covering letter. So what are you going to do now?!
You’ve probably heard of job websites (commonly called job boards) and friends may have recommended a couple of recruitment agencies that they’ve got work through before…but is it really enough to browse a couple of websites and email your CV to a recruiter? The answer is a very short – NO. Jobs don’t generally come looking for you, securing the best jobs will require effort and commitment, but the rewards will be worth it!
Searching for suitable employment can be a full time job in itself. In order to be successful, you have to be proactive and organized. Your best bet is to create a plan and work from it. To create a plan – you need to identify where you are going to look for suitable employment. Below are some ideas of where to start. Click on the links for information on how best to use these methods.
Diaries are useful for planning which job search activity you are going to do when, plus they’ll help you keep track of what you’ve already done. If you continually review your diary, you may even start to see patterns emerging. It’ll start to become obvious what method is working for you and what isn’t, you can then adjust your plan to avoid wasting time on unproductive activities and concentrate more time on the successful ones.
How to sell yourself at interview
Interviews can be one of the most nerve-racking experiences life has to offer us and even the most confident of people can be affected. It’s completely normal to feel nervous before an interview but if you prepare well, you’ll feel a whole lot calmer and far more confident.
Below are some tips on what your preparation should consist of and how to behave in an interview to help you promote yourself in the best possible light.
Tips on preparation