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Who should I choose as my references?

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 13:11 -- nick

Almost 60% of employers claim that they have had to withdraw an offer of employment after receiving poor references about successful applicants. So, just because you have managed to wow your future employer at interview stage and convinced them that you are the best person for the job, it does not mean that you can get away with poorly prepared references.

References act as a third party endorsement – they are used by hiring managers as reassurance that you are who you say you are and will do for them what you claim you have done for your previous employers. Read more about Who should I choose as my references?

How can I make my CV more effective?

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 13:07 -- nick

You've got the basic elements of your skills and experience down, now you need to fine-tune your CV to ensure it's got the ‘X-Factor' that will have employers queuing up for your services.

Understanding your audience
As your personal marketing campaign, your CV must make the reader believe you're a worthwhile product. Business people generally have the same objectives; profit, bigger market share, developing their business and creating new products for their customers. They will look for candidates who will help them to achieve these objectives. Read more about How can I make my CV more effective?

How should my CV look if I'm changing career?

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 13:01 -- nick

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Career change CVs are completely different animals. Your current CV played an effective part in getting you the job you have now, but it might not work again in another industry. For this reason, you will almost certainly have to work through it and tailor it to the needs of the sector you're hoping to break into. Read more about How should my CV look if I'm changing career?

What are the alternative CV options?

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 12:48 -- nick

Many moons ago, a job seeker typed their CV on plain white paper, put it into an envelope, licked a stamp and sent it through the post. Times have changed and today, more and more people are posting their applications online – which offers you the opportunity to create multimedia CVs designed to blow the minds of future employers.

An all-singing, all-dancing CV with elaborate graphics may seem like a great idea, but if not done correctly, it could be the fastest way to accelerate your application into the ‘No' pile. Read more about What are the alternative CV options?

Why tailoring the cover letter is CRITICAL - James Caan

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 12:44 -- nick

So, you’ve got your CV prepared and you’ve seen a job you want to apply for.

Do you just send your CV out and leave it at that?  Of course not.  If you really want a particular job and you have exactly what it takes to do it, then a short, meaningful cover letter is your way of saying so. In fact, it’s vital that you attach one. Read more about Why tailoring the cover letter is CRITICAL - James Caan

How do online and offline cover letters differ?

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 12:31 -- nick

The basic rules of style, brevity and clarity that apply to any covering letter also apply when you're making job applications online.

But rather than the formal letter format expected by businesses when receiving tangible mail, online cover letter formats are less structured and you have the opportunity to provide a unique and impactful introduction to what you can bring their company. Read more about How do online and offline cover letters differ?

How do I make a prospective application?

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 12:27 -- nick

Sending a speculative application can be a very effective method of securing a new job and may convince an employer to create a position for the right person - if you do it right. If you've identified the company that you want to work for, then here are some tips for succeeding with speculative applications. Read more about How do I make a prospective application?

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