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Filling a career gap: make the most of your time out of work

Thu, 21/11/2013 - 12:14 -- nick

Job candidates look more employable when they don't have big gaps in their CVs.

Getting work is a bit like the dating game: companies want people that others have wanted too, and long periods of unemployment are viewed negatively.

This article gives you some pointers on how to fill those gaps, and your time, when you're looking for a job.

If you choose wisely, you might find that those activities could help you get into employment, or even become your next job.

Interview mistakes and CV howlers - new video

Mon, 24/06/2013 - 12:29 -- nick

What are the classic mistakes made by interviewees and job applicants?

The Telegraph's Louisa Peacock has asked business leaders and recruiters about the worst responses they have seen.

Some of their experiences are toe-curling. Can you imagine sitting in an interview texting while being asked questions? Or calling your interviewer Chris all the way through only for him to tell you at the end that his name was Mike? Or smelling of booze having had a swift one to settle your nerves beforehand?

Top ten things employers are looking for

Fri, 26/04/2013 - 12:23 -- nick

Adzuna, the online search company, and The Guardian have got together to work out what employers are really looking for.

Adzuna searched for the words most often used in job adverts, and The Guardian's Leo Benedictus writes on what they really mean.

Below are ideas from Benedictus and others on what employers are looking for, together with UnemployedNet's ideas.

One thing to remember is that job descriptions are sometimes created by committee, and ideas can be thrown in because they were mentioned at a meeting rather than because they are important to a job.

How to get a job in hospitality

Tue, 02/04/2013 - 17:16 -- nick

UnemployedNet supports The Mirror's Get Britain Working campaign.

The campaign has moved on to hospitality, the work area covering waiting tables, bar work, hotels, and events management.

This career is ideal for people who love working with people, and those who take pride in offering good service to customers.

The hours can be long but are often flexible, with shift work common, making the work ideal for those who have children or others to care for.

How to get a job in admin

Fri, 15/03/2013 - 18:39 -- nick

UnemployedNet supports The Mirror's Get Britain Working campaign.

The campaign has moved on to telling you how to get a job in admin.

This is one of the biggest work areas in the UK, and can be as diverse as any other, with jobs in public and private sectors, big and small companies, and jobs are available across the country.

How an MBA can improve your job prospects

Tue, 19/02/2013 - 17:21 -- nick

Is doing an MBA a good route to improving your employability? This is a question thousands of graduates face each year when trying to weigh up whether it is worth taking on debt to undertake this course.

The Telegraph has written an article that might help you make the decision. It gives details of both traditional and new employers of MBA graduates, and provides plenty of ideas for how to get in to work at the right level.

Some advice is useful to all students: don't neglect your soft skills, get real work experience where possible and build up your personal contacts.

Find a job in social care

Thu, 07/02/2013 - 13:58 -- nick

The Mirror's Get Britain Working campaign has moved on to how to get work in social care.

This includes working with older people, disabled people and children, providing their personal care when they can't do it themselves.

It can be challenging and probably isn't for the squeamish, and pay is sometimes below the living wage.

But the days are varied, the work can be really rewarding, and the shifts can be flexible (some people need round-the-clock care), making social care a suitable career option for those who want to work part time or around childcare needs.

Interview questions: are you over-qualified for this job?

Tue, 05/02/2013 - 13:06 -- nick

Britain is going through a deep financial depression. Jobs are hard to find, and more and more experienced workers are finding themselves having to apply to jobs that are below their previous level of salary and qualifications.

So how do you answer that tricky question that all who find themselves in this position are asked: why are you applying for this job when you are clearly over-qualified?

Career Confidential has written an article letting you know exactly how.

It comes down to explaining clearly why the company fits you and why you are a fit for the company.



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