Lesson 3. Recap on progress – where are you now. You know the sort of job you want. From lesson 1. Some of you know the exact job you want. All of you know what you could do, and can identify interim jobs which might lead in the right direction. You know what you want from a job.
Recap on progress – where are you now
You know the sort of job you want.
From lesson 1
Some of you know the exact job you want.
All of you know what you could do, and can identify interim
jobs which might lead in the right direction.
You know what you want from a job.
You know what employers want from you.
From lesson 2
You recognise that social media and all your online activity
could be public.
Because it could be public you can turn this to your advantage.
You know how to create a positive image of yourself online.
Detag images which could make you look bad.
Disconnect or unfriend people whose image online could
reflect badly on you.
Always be truthful on line, because if not you will often
get found out.
Internships and work experience
Having had experience of work in some form is very good for your career
Prospects, especially is it is related to the job you ultimately want.
However companies offering work experience or internships are looking
for someone who will be useful, and able to contribute while working.
It is not a training scheme.
So while it is a good step to take, it is going to be tough getting the
experience even for a few weeks.
Creating your CV
You need to describe yourself in a way which is easy to read.
High light those things which make you suitable for the job.
Describe your qualifications and experience.
Include any experience which is relevant, this could include
holiday jobs, or even non work experience which shows that
you have positive qualities
Remember that employers can check your qualifications
and also may be able to see what there is about you online.
Your application is a representation of you “the public person”
which is why you needed to make it coherent.
Name in large bold type
Contact information smaller
to conserve space
15 Tench Road, Crumlin, BT29 4TH
Tel 05738 2771399 email: [email protected]
Personal statement must be
short and to the point. If you
can’t manage this, leave it and
use the letter to expand on
A business graduate from University of Belfast
I have skills and knowledge essential to manage
key areas of an organisation
I am looking for a management trainee role.
2007 to 2010 University of Belfast
BA Hons. 2:1 Business Administration
HR Management Accounts
Strategic management e commerce
Modules from your degree
could provide evidence of
your particular expertise or
Dissertation also could
show that you have some job
The economics of online business with
particular focus on online marketing
ST BEDES SCHOOL
A Levels English B Maths A History B
June to September 2009
Store assistant Waitrose .
Was taught the store philosophy in the first week
and learnt how to deal with customers.
Worked as floor assistant through June and July,
and then the help desk through August.
Focus on people skills
2005 to 2008.
Holiday job as charter coordinator for
yacht charter company. Job mostly involved
introducing charter customers to their yachts
then ensuring that they had all they needed.
Occasionally going to sea with spare parts and
assistance when problems arose.
Mention all the work you’ve done
whether part time or fulltime.
This will show that you are motivated
and you thus can highlight everything which
might help with your application.
Skiing, cycling and sailing.
I have taken every chance to crew
on large racing yachts for offshore races,
and sail my own laser dinghy in the local club.
Keep these sections brief, but mention
team playing activities and people skills.
Driving Clean Licence
Computing: Word, Excel, Sage, Power Point.
The covering letter
This is an opportunity to expand on your unique qualities, but
keep to a few simple rules to make it effective.
Don’t make it too long,
two paragraphs maximum.
Spend time composing it.
One or two good points well made are
much the best idea.
Repeat what’s on your CV, you
can expand on something which you
believe is a outstanding quality.
Create an attractive document,
good presentation is vital.
Talk about why this job matters
in your career plan.
Sell yourself on what you can bring
to the job; the benefit of employing you.
Sample covering letter
In support of my application for the management trainee post I feel I should mention that last summer I had four months experience working for a yacht charter company in Poole.
While nominally a junior role, I was none the less responsible for the entire customer experience before they cast off for their charter.
This meant completing all the documentation, checking inventories, and ensuring that the client and their family were completely happy with the yacht and all its equipment. Rectifying any problems and presenting a competent and proficient face to the clients, some of these responsibilities involved committing substantial sums of the companies money to deal with the issues.
At the end of the term the managing director complemented me on my excellent interpersonal skills and said I was a credit to the organisation, and that he would readily employ me as soon as a suitable job was available. He also said that he would be happy to provide a reference.
I have provided his contact details below.
Communicating for a job is a serious business: TAKE IT SERIOUSLY
Communicating by text is not appropriate for serious matters such as your future career.
Social networks are not appropriate for serious communication,
Remember not to post rude comments about the interview you think you’ve just failed. You would feel
very silly if the interviewer read that you thought he was a twit, just as he was about to offer you the job.
Email is commonly used by employers , but keep your communications formal.
Dear Mr Jones, Yours sincerely, yours truly. Not: Hi Pete, Cheers, Thanks a lot,Ciao.
Typed correspondence, sent by post is best, it is a hard copy which is less likely to be lost, and a covering letter will be seen, an email CV will be printed, but an emailed letter may not be printed out.
Telephone communication will be part of the process, so ensure that:
Your telephone is always charged,
Has money on it, and you have a good signal,
You are in a quiet place when you call the company, so you can hear each other.
Failed telephone calls are irritating and will count against you, especially if it clear that you could have avoided the failure.
Coherent Information means that everything should cross check
The information on your CV must agree with the public records,
you cannot claim qualifications you don’t have.
The address information should be the same throughout, and
again should agree with what is on the electoral role
The information on your social media, facebook twitter etc should agree with what you have written about yourself.
If you are in club which has a website, then make sure that any
reference to your activity within the club corresponds with what you have claimed.
You can see from what we have discussed that getting a job
is now much more involved that when you simply sent a CV
To succeed you must be determined and persistent
and get every detail right.