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Sit a virtual job interview - right here

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 17:58 -- nick
Job interviews can be scary, but preparing for them can help overcome some of the fears. LearnDirect has created an online job interview tool which helps you with this. Two interviewers ask you questions and you get to pick the answer from a list. Just click on the link below, and good luck!

10 confidence boosting tips to help you back to work

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 17:52 -- nick

Tip 1 of 10

Spend some time each day doing something you love to do and surround yourself with people who'll support you with your job hunt.

Tip 2 of 10

Write a sentence or make a list of things you like about yourself and are proud of. Put the list somewhere that you'll see every day, like the fridge.

Self Confidence: Unemployment and Your Job Search

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 16:36 -- nick

This article from Solve Your Problem could really help you get back on track if you feel your low confidence is getting in the way of looking for a job.It gives a number of ways round the problems of looking for work and lacking confidence, from simple changes of attitude to counselling, and has a good understanding of how it is easier for some to be confident on paper than in person.

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How can I bounce back after a sacking?

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 16:27 -- nick

Being fired is one of the facts of working life, and it can happen to any of us. If it happens to you, the first thing is to be sure of why. Was it a personality clash? Did you hate the job and show little enthusiasm for it? Were you just out of your depth? Reassuring yourself of the reasons and coming to terms with that is a key part of bouncing back. Read more about How can I bounce back after a sacking?

What are my transferrable skills?

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 16:01 -- nick

One of the biggest challenges when it comes to a career change is giving your CV the punch it needs to make an impact in a new industry. You may think that little of what you have done before will count, but you'd be wrong. We all pick up and develop a wide range of skills that can be applied in many different roles.

What is a transferable skill?
As the name suggests, a transferable skill is something that can be taken with you and applied to any new job. These are core skills that all employers value, and include: Read more about What are my transferrable skills?

Tips for writing an online CV

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 15:56 -- nick
Recruitment is well and truly entrenched in the online world now, meaning that it's increasingly important to make sure your online CV is up to scratch. While online CVs share many of the same virtues of the traditional paper format, there are a few subtle differences that you should consider before penning your resume and submitting it to the world wide web.

Is a traditional CV not as impactful anymore? - James Caan

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 15:51 -- nick

Making an impression at an interview is a great step towards getting a job, but first you have to make an impression with your CV. So if your CV is dull, full of mistakes or doesn’t tell a story about you, then you’ll be overlooked and won’t even get as far as an interview anyway. Read more about Is a traditional CV not as impactful anymore? - James Caan

What is the worst CV mistake EVER?

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 15:46 -- nick

What could possibly be the worst mistake you could make when it comes to your CV?

Not targeting it to the kind of job you’re looking for is a biggie. Leaving out keywords that a scanner can pick up is another no-no. So is failing to list your achievements in ways the reader will find meaningful.

But the biggest error of all in putting your CV together is simply this: being sloppy.
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What is the ideal CV length?

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 14:17 -- nick

We have seen CVs over 30 pages long (true!) with photocopies certificates on top of that. This is not an autobiography you’re writing. It’s a curriculum vitae and it’s meant to be a lot shorter! A one-page CV if it is feasible is recommended – and some recruitment agencies, especially head-hunters, may insist on a one-page CV. Read more about What is the ideal CV length?

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