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The evidence is in the piece of paper!

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The evidence is in the piece of paper!

Applying for a job requires a special set of skills. 

It is easy to forget how challenging it is to be a job seeker if you’re fortunate enough to have been in steady and consistent employment for a number of years. It is only when you find yourself looking for work or wanting a change that you realise how applying for a job is a skill in itself.

A common requirement when you are applying for a job or promotion is that you provide evidence of required skills. This can be difficult to articulate in a resume or cover letter, but can be easily remedied if you have undertaken study to extend and update your skills.

Most companies have a professional development budget and while it is important for any business to invest in its workforce, it is equally important for individuals to invest in themselves.

Up skill for success

For job seekers who may have limited experience or have a lot of experience, but not the most current skills, undertaking a course not only illustrates self motivation, but also provides that all important evidence that is asked for in a job advertisement.

There is no doubt that employers value experience, but actual knowledge, skills and the ability to apply what you have learned in the workplace is equally valuable.

If you are looking for a job in a particular industry, or you are working toward the next step in your career, it is worth looking at job ads for similar roles. Tick off the strengths you already have, and once you have an overview of the gaps in your “evidence”, you can choose the course that you need to achieve your goal and win that job or promotion you have been dreaming about!

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I’ve finished my study, now what?

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I’ve finished my study, now what?



So you’ve wrapped up your online course, and now its time to put your best foot forward and step into the working world!

Stand-out CV

Keep it short and sweet! Stick to the essentials – is it relevant to the job you’re applying for?

Highlight your experience in roles of responsibility or teamwork.

Volunteer

Consider doing volunteer work. It can give you useful experience and potential employers are always impressed with candidates who go the extra mile to boost their own skills and experience.

Networking 

Ask friends and family if they know anyone in the industry you want to work in.

Be genuine and friendly. Don’t fear networking opportunities – everyone is in the same boat!

Ask questions. Engage others in discussions and query their interests.

Sell yourself. Speak clearly and confidently about your skills!

You got an interview!

  • Know where the interview is, how you will get there, how long it will take and where car parking is available.
  • Research the organisation, its public profile, products and services.
  • Anticipate likely questions from the interviewer and prepare answers.

You got an interview!

  • Know where the interview is, how you will get there, how long it will take and where car parking is available.
  • Research the organisation, its public profile, products and services.
  • Anticipate likely questions from the interviewer and prepare answers.
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What does Facebook say about you?

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Is your Facebook profile employer ready?

Facebook has become a professional tool employers use to vet potential employees. Make sure what they see isn’t harming your chances of getting a new job.

Are you an obsessive selfie taker? Are your weekend antics splashed across your timeline? Do you have a tendency to share questionable material?

Perhaps it’s time to review how you use Facebook and consider how it’s affecting your career prospects.

Get Employer ready & Social media savy

Here are a few do’s and don’ts for your Facebook page:

  • Remove any photos, content and links that can work against you.
  • Keep your issues offline! Focus your content on positives and make sure to highlight your achievements or interests.
  • Create your own professional groups to network and establish relationships.
  • Remember others can see your friends, so be selective about whom you accept. Make sure to monitor comments made by others and posted on your timeline.
  • Don’t mention your job search if you’re still employed. It’s unprofessional!

Privacy settings

Remember, along with fine-tuning your CV, ironing your best shirt, and researching the companies you’re interviewing with, it may be time to pay a visit to your Facebook privacy settings and review what you’re revealing to the world.

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Use your CV to make a great impression

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Your CV – make a great first impression

Your CV should tell an employer about what type of employee you will be and what skills you have to offer. Is your CV presenting the best version of yourself?

Keep it short and sweet

Employers want to know if your suitable for the job on offer, not about every job or course you have ever completed! Condense your CV down to two or three pages, making sure you include all vital information – contact details, relevant work experience and key skills that will be useful in the role.

Up-to-date information

Ensure your CV includes your current contact details. Make sure your email address is appropriate – it could be time to upgrade your email address from “crazydude@gmail” to something that reflects your professional self.

Proof reading

Ask someone to read through your CV and check it for spelling or grammatical errors. If English is your second language, get them to ensure your writing is clear and concise, especially if you have used a language translator.

References

The majority of employers will ask for two referees they can contact to verify your work experience and suitability for the role. Make sure to let your referees know they may be contacted to speak on your behalf.

Cover letter

Along with your CV, it is vital to include a covering letter introducing yourself. This gives you the opportunity to explain why you want the job and what you can offer the employer.

Most important of all, don’t be afraid to sell yourself! Your CV is the greatest tool you have to promote yourself as the best candidate for the job.

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Write a great covering letter

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Writing a covering letter

A covering letter is your first opportunity to grab attention and make sure you stand out from other candidates.

Keep it relevant

Tailor your cover letter to the specific job you are applying for, identifying the particular skills you can bring to the role. Highlight any relevant experience that would make you an asset, and show genuine enthusiasm and motivation.

Get your facts straight

Address your letter to the right person, include the date and identify the correct company. Include details from the advert description to show that you understand the position you are applying for.

Make a statement

Introduce yourself in a way that will make the reader take notice! If you think it to be true, tell them you’re the one for the job.

Don’t be afraid to mention your achievements and the skills that make you unique.

Since this is the first demonstration of your communication skills, proof reading is key! Read through your cover letter and check it for spelling or grammatical errors.

Keep it clear

Keep your covering letter neat and concise, making sure to use a legible font, such as Arial, at a decent type size. A great way to conclude your covering letting is by stating you look forward to meeting them in an interview.