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USING THE TELEPHONE ? . Ringing up the employerBe prepared know whom you want to speak to. Be organised, have a copy of the advert with you and a pen and paper to write down details. Do not ring from a noisy, busy place. Be confident; know what you are going to say. Ask for details

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1. Job Search

2. USING THE TELEPHONE ? Ringing up the employer   · Be prepared know whom you want to speak to. · Be organised, have a copy of the advert with you and a pen and paper to write down details. · Do not ring from a noisy, busy place. · Be confident; know what you are going to say. · Ask for details of the vacancy and an application form, and give your full address spelling any difficult place names. · Don’t forget to say thank you before you hang up.

3. FILLING OUT AN APPLICATION FORM Many employers expect candidates for a job to fill in an application form. The application form is used to decide which candidates to interview. Many people who apply will not be interviewed and they will be rejected on the basis of their application form alone.   ·Remember that by allowing yourself plenty of time and following a few simple guidelines, you can produce an application form that gives you the best chance of getting an interview. ·It is all about following instructions and can be seen as a pre-interview test.

4. Presentation  ·Keep the form clean and tidy ·Photocopy your application form to practise with, as mistakes can be made ·It is good practice not to use ‘Tipp-Ex’ type solution on application forms as this can make the application look messy ·Follow instructions. Applications forms usually state, which format to follow i.e. “Use block letters”. Read all supporting information forms. (This is for photocopying purposes). ·Do not enclose a CV if the instructions say they are not to be sent or your application will not be considered.

5. References · Remember if you are asked to give references make sure you have their permission first. One should be an academic reference such as your course tutor and another should be a previous employer or another adult who knows you very well (but not a member of your family).

6. Checking  ·Always proof read your rough draft with a friend, relative or New Dimensions Employment Adviser as they may be able to pick up any mistakes you might have missed. They may even be able to suggest better ways of structuring your sentences. ·Remember to sign and date your application form before returning it. ·Keep a photocopy of the form, as you will need to look at it again if you are invited for an interview. ·Return the form well before the closing date as you cannot afford to miss out on a job opportunity

7. PREPARING YOUR C.V. ? A well produced CV (Curriculum Vitae) is becoming more important as increasing numbers of employers are asking job seekers to provide one when applying for a job. You can also send it to employers who have not yet advertised a vacancy.  There are different ways in which you can present your C.V. No one way is better than the rest but it is important to make your C.V. personal to you and to make it interesting and attractive to the reader. It is important to bear in mind that an employer may have a number of other candidates applying for the same job as you.

8. Layout Your C.V. should be: ·        Well designed and presented ·        Word processed or typed ·        A maximum of 2 sides ·        Concise, to the point and factual ·        Targeted at employer’s need/job description.

9. Before you send off your C.V., you must have it checked for spelling, grammar and layout. If using a computer always spell check it. A Study Coach will be happy to check through your C.V. for you and give you any additional advice and information you require to make the best of your C.V.

10. ? WHAT SHOULD YOU INCLUDE? ?   Personal Details: Full name, address and telephone number, date of birth. Nationality and gender are optional. Personal Profile: This is the section where you sell yourself to the employer. You can change your profile to suit any job that your applying for. Remember your C.V. is a working document and should be updated regularly.

11. Skills: Include keyboard skills with speeds, knowledge of software package, any languages that you can speak, etc. Education&Qualifications: School/college/university attended with dates. Qualifications gained; include grades and dates. Work Experience: Including full time, vocation and part-time work, paid and voluntary. For each job include the name of the employer, dates, job title, duties and responsibilities undertaken. Experience should run in chronological order (most recent job or work experience first).

12. Interests & Activities e.g. Sporting activities. Referees: One should be an academic person who can comment on your education; the other should be an employer or friend of the family. Quote their occupation and job title. (Always ask permission beforehand.)

13. What is a personal profile A personal profile is a written description of your personal qualities and attributes that can help make you an interesting, suitable and attractive applicant for the job. It needn’t be more than 4 – 5 lines long and should use appropriate language which is relevant to the job. Personal profiles can be adapted for different situations but there are certain attributes and qualities that employers are usually always on the look-out for. For example:  ·        Hard-working ·        Well-motivated ·        Flexible ·        Willingness to learn

14. WRITING A COVERING LETTER When applying for a job with a CV, you may be asked to include a covering letter. Read the job description carefully and target your letter to the job you are applying for. You should draw together the evidence as to why you are a suitable candidate.

15. The Letter Should: · Be clear and concise · State the job you are applying for and any reference number · Show that you understand what the job involves and, if possible, reflect your knowledge of the company you are sending it to · Give your reasons for applying for the position · Don’t repeat your CV but refer to points on your CV for the employer to note · Target your skills and achievements to the company‘s requirements · Say why you are a suitable candidate for the job and not what you hope to gain from the employer · Say when you are available for interview

16. ? INTERVIEW GUIDELINES ? On receiving the letter inviting you to attend an interview, telephone the company to let the company know you intend to be there. This also provides a useful opportunity to confirm travel arrangements eg. Which tube/bus route to take, parking availability if travelling by car etc.  Find out about the company. Prepare questions you expect to be asked and practice giving answers to these.

17. Questions you could ask the employer · What activities does your company deal with? · How many people work for your organisation? · Is there a “dress code”? · Is there any further training provided for staff? · How many hours would I work per week? · Is there parking availability for staff? · If the position is offered to me when could I start? · What kind of promotion prospects can you offer? · Who will I report directly to?

18. Dress Appropriately . If you look good you will feel good and behave more confidently. A general guideline for an interview is to keep your dress code formal and smart until you know otherwise.   Arrive Punctually. Leave your coat, umbrella etc. at reception if possible so that you are not carrying lots of belongings. (It is always polite to ask first)

19. Greet your interviewer After being shown to the interview room, greet interviewer in a friendly manner e.g. ‘good morning, it’s nice to meet you.’ Body language Be Positive – you wouldn’t really have been invited for an interview if you didn’t suit their requirements so you’ve done really well to get this far!  Answer the questions concisely. Don’t drift into irrelevant issues. All the interviewer wants to know is that you have the competence to deal with what the job entails. Be professional!

20. As the interview is drawing to a close : Remember to ask “when can I expect to hear from you ?” Thank the interviewer for his/her time. Do not re-enter the room after you have left.  Jot down any points.  After leaving the premises, try to note down any points that may be useful if you are called back for a second interview or for reference for future interviews.

21. JOB HUNTING TIPS · Try looking in newspapers · Employment agencies / Job Centre / College Employment Service / Careers Service / Friends · Speculative approach / The Internet

22. ? The Internet !!?   Have you thought of using the Internet as part of your job search? All you need is a copy of your CV on disc, and as college students you all have access to Computers. Why not surf the net and see what you can find. Below is a list of useful websites

23. :            www.loot.com :            www.jobsearch.co.uk :            www.jobclub.com :            www.jobsjobs.com :            www.peoplebank.co.uk :            www.workweb.co.uk :            www.netjobs.co.uk :            www.jobhunter.com :            www.monster.co.uk :            www.topjobs.co.uk :            www.reed.co.uk :            www.jobfinder.co.uk :            www.jobserve.co.uk :            www.careers.org :            www.gisajob.com :            www.jobsunlimited.co.uk :            www.londoncareers.net :            www.job-opp.co.uk :            www.joblink.co.uk :            www.careerzone-uk.com :            www.careerguide.net :            www.excite.co.uk/jobsandcareers :            http://jobsearch.monster.co.uk :            www.bigbluedog.com :            www.fish4jobs :            www.totaljobs.com :            www.stepstone.co.uk :            http://msn.planetrecruit.com/ :            www.workthing.com :              :            www.loot.com :            www.jobsearch.co.uk :            www.jobclub.com :            www.jobsjobs.com :            www.peoplebank.co.uk :            www.workweb.co.uk :            www.netjobs.co.uk :            www.jobhunter.com :            www.monster.co.uk :            www.topjobs.co.uk :            www.reed.co.uk :            www.jobfinder.co.uk :            www.jobserve.co.uk :            www.careers.org :            www.loot.com :            www.jobsearch.co.uk :            www.jobclub.com :            www.jobsjobs.com :            www.peoplebank.co.uk :            www.workweb.co.uk :            www.netjobs.co.uk :            www.jobhunter.com :            www.monster.co.uk :            www.topjobs.co.uk :            www.reed.co.uk :            www.jobfinder.co.uk :            www.jobserve.co.uk :            www.careers.org :            www.gisajob.com :            www.jobsunlimited.co.uk :            www.londoncareers.net :            www.job-opp.co.uk :            www.joblink.co.uk :            www.careerzone-uk.com :            www.careerguide.net :            www.excite.co.uk/jobsandcareers :            http://jobsearch.monster.co.uk :            www.bigbluedog.com :            www.fish4jobs :            www.totaljobs.com :            www.stepstone.co.uk :            http://msn.planetrecruit.com/ :            www.workthing.com :              :            www.loot.com :            www.jobsearch.co.uk :            www.jobclub.com :            www.jobsjobs.com :            www.peoplebank.co.uk :            www.workweb.co.uk :            www.netjobs.co.uk :            www.jobhunter.com :            www.monster.co.uk :            www.topjobs.co.uk :            www.reed.co.uk :            www.jobfinder.co.uk :            www.jobserve.co.uk :            www.careers.org

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