How can I build a portfolio of my work?

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 19:44 -- nick

As your career progresses you're bound to build up a list of achievements that you will want to show off when job hunting. Starting out you’ll have less work to show and the portfolio can be pieced together using any designs and creative you’ll have from previous places, such as art and design school.

Also include any projects you have undertaken – paid or unpaid – in between studying which show your talents. At this stage you need to show potential and you will not be expected to have paid, finished projects to show.

Who are the right people to network with?

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 17:08 -- nick

Networking is seen as a necessity in the modern world of job seeking, but networking with anyone and everyone can be counter-productive. So how do you determine the right people to network with and what do you do with those bad contacts?
Networking is a smart and natural way to move forward in life. You'll make friends and acquaintances and have the chance to receive as well as give as you progress your career.

What is networking and how do I do it?

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 16:31 -- nick

Essentially, networking is getting to know people who can help you develop your career prospects. You don't need to be a big shot or the most outgoing person in the world to network effectively.

Take it a step at a time. Begin with people you know, at work and in your social life. Keep your ears open and listen for information that could work to your advantage.

How can I keep busy while I'm unemployed?

Wed, 01/02/2012 - 14:02 -- nick

Although there is some solace in the fact that frequent corporate downsizing, international relocation and reorganisation are the norm in today's world, regardless of whether you have been unemployed for one month or one year you may begin to feel like damaged goods.

And, clouding every interview that you attend is the dreaded question about why you have been unemployed for so long. But relax. The tips below will show you how you can, with the right approach, minimise prospective employer doubts and maximise your chances of getting re-hired.



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