Getting a Job Advice

always have a CV ready!!

Hello all, my tip for this Thursdays afternoon is to always have a CV  at the ready. Even if your currently not looking for a job take the time (when you have a moment free) to get a plan/draft of one written up and it will honesty save you time later as you will only have to personalised it to the employer and the job description.

I have never had to write a CV from scratch for years I have always just improved the one I had already written, going all the way back to when the school made us write one in year 10 (hated it at the time but it was somewhat useful).

This is also very helpful as a record of results and details so it doesn’t take you ages to look them all up when its needed.

You truly never know what going to happen.  You might need one at short notice and you don’t want the stress of havening to write it all overnight .

Until I post again, Samara

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Getting a Job Advice

Prepare for Interviews!

Hi everyone, Kathryn and today I’m going to talk about one of the sad facts about growing up: having to apply for jobs and then prepare for interviews. And that’s my tip of the day prepare for interviews.

Don’t go into an interview blind, know some facts about the company, and have some already prepared answers to the bog standard interview questions.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Interviews are important and it’s highly likely that you won’t be the only candidate their interview. So when you get into that room you need to know your stuff and convince them that you’re the right candidate for the job.

(However although it’s important to prepare dont over prepare, you want it to sound natural and not robotic).

I had my first proper interview back in January (I say proper because I had a couple of mock interviews last year). And it was very close to January exams so I ended up prioritising exam prep over my interview. Until a couple of days before when my dad asked me a couple of interview questions and I blanked.

I then spent the next few days going through interview questions and figuring out what I was going to say. Whilst in the interview room they didn’t ask me any of these questions (it was more of a programming test I.e so you said you know about databases so let’s ask you questions about that). Knowing what I was going to say helped me feel a lot calmer in the interview room.

So for today’s tip of the day I would advise you to practise answers to interview questions and walk into that interview room with a clear head. I find it helpful to make notes and read them aloud.

And that’s all from me for today, until next time, Kathryn!

Getting a Job Advice

Try, Try, Try Again

Hi there! Today I’ll be talking about the importance of not giving up. When things do get tough, such as trying to apply to Universities or Jobs whilst you’re at University, it can get tough. Especially when you may get rejections from places you thought would be good. However, it’s not the end of the world, or the end of the path of trying.

 
Before I got my IY placement I sent out a total of 17 CV’s, 15 covering letters and failed 10 employment tests. However, I did eventually find somewhere that was willing to take me on for a year just so I have the experience that regular University just wouldn’t give me.

 
It’s upsetting when you open your e-mails up and see the words “sorry, but on this occassion you have not gone through to the next stage” and yes, it ruins your morale for trying to get more applications sent off, but you will always eventually find somewhere that is willing to take you on for a go, just to see if you will be good enough for that company. All you have to do is keep trying and eventually you will get somewhere, and one day, a company will hire you and see just how good you actually are.

 
This can be said for everything however, just like J.K Rowling didn’t get her book published for ages, you may, like loads of people, not get a job instantly, but you can always try. Since, if you don’t try, then you never know.

 
Goodbye for now!
Conor ^-^

Getting a Job Advice

Go to career fairs!

Hi everyone, and welcome to my very first blog post (discounting the introductory/ obligatory welcome to my blog post).

So here is my first snippet of advice for when you’re looking for a job: go to career fairs. 

This piece of advice may seem self explanatory but it is something that I would advise you all to do. It is very easy to have a mindset where you think there is no point in going because the majority of jobs can be found on the Internet. And it is very easy not to bother, but I strongly encourage you to find some local career fairs and go.

Speaking from experience in the past few years, I have been to three career fairs: two at my local university, and one in a bigger city. The first time I went to a career fair in my first year I ended up talking to one company for a long time, and the following year I saw them again and handed them my CV (and I later got an Industrial Year with them).

So why should you go to a career fair?

Career fairs can help you find out more about local companies (if it’s in your local university) or bigger companies (if it’s in a bigger city). You also have the opportunity to talk to these companies to find out more about them and you can work out whether or not this company is the best fit for you.

And that’s all for now! -Kathryn.