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Get the job that you want

We’ve got some top tips to help you secure the job that’s right for you.

Securing the best job for you is really important, which is why we’ve created some useful resources. Whether you want to know how to write a winning CV, the best ways to succeed at interviews or need some top tips to get you ‘work-ready’, our employability resources can help you.

Our CV resources:

CVs- Writing Support
 
A CV, curriculum vitae, or résumé can be tricky to write and a pain to keep updated.  Check out our handy CV Writing Support tips here
 
CVs- Skills Evaluation

A CV is essentially a marketing leaflet or a flyer about YOU.  Its purpose is to generate interest to the point that a recruiter decides that they want to meet you at interview. Check out our handy CV Skills Evaluation tips here

CVs- Guide
 
Knowing how to structure your CV can be tricky. Check out our handy CV Guide here
 
CVs- Covering Letter/ Email

Every CV should be accompanied by a covering letter. This may be specific, in response to a particular job advertisement, or it may be general, sent out on a speculative basis to more than one employer. Check out our handy CV Covering Letter/ Email top tips here
 
CVs- Adjectives and Descriptions
 
It can be tricky to know wich adjectives and descriptions to use in your CV. Check out our handy CV Adjectives and Descriptions guide here
 

Our interview resources:  

Interview- Preparing for Interview

Preparing for an interview is really important, but it can be tricky to know where to start. Check out our handy Preparing for Interview top tips here
 
Interview- Researching the Employer
 
Finding out about the employer (and the job or apprenticeship) is so important. You need to know what you’re letting yourself in for - this will help you decide whether to apply or not. Check out our handy Researching the Employer top tips here
 
Interview- STAR model
 
Employers often turn to behavioural interviewing - open-ended interview questions relating to your behaviour in past situations. The STAR model an effective way to structure your answer to this type of questioning. Check out our handy STAR model guide here
 
Interview- Asking Questions at Interview
 
Towards the end of an interview, it is quite common for an employer to ask you "Do you have any questions for me?" This is a golden opportunity for you to distinguish yourself from the other candidates! Check out our handy Asking Questions at Interview top tips here
 
Interview- Pre-interview Checklist
 
An interview can often feel like a high pressure situation. The truth is that the amount of work you put in now should have a direct impact on your level of confidence and performance at interview! Check out our handy Pre-interview Checklist here
 
Interview- Telephone and Webcam Interviews
 
Telephone or Webcam interviewing may seem like an uncomfortable experience, it is becoming a convenient and cost effective tool for many companies. Check out our handy Telephone and Webcam Interviews top tips here
 
Interview- Assessment Centres
 
An assessment centre is increasingly becoming part of the recruitment process for many employers. By getting candidates to complete a combination of tasks and activities, the employer can test a wider range of skills. Check out our handy Assessment Centres top tips here
 
Interview- Non-verbal Communications
 

You can control your non-verbal communication, and it is worth the effort because even small changes will help you appear (and feel) more confident.Check out our handy Non-verbal Communication top tips here

 Our employability top tips:

Employability- Recognising Transferable Skills
 
Transferable skills are an important part of any job, but they can be tricky to recognise. Check out our handy Recognising Transferable Skills guide here
 
Employability- Work Skills
 
The job market is constantly changing, locally and nationally. The impact of rapidly developing digital technologies is challenging traditional ways of working.  Most forecasts agree that there will be a significant focus on developing a blend of technical training, hands-on experience as well as ‘softer’, work skills. Check out our handy Work Skills top tips here
 
Employability- Personal Presentation
 
Whether you like it or not, your personal appearance can be judged as an expression of who you are and your approach to things like work. Check out our handy Personal Presentation top tips here
 
Employability- Appropriate Contact Details
 
Once your search for work begins, your phone and email become a business tools. That means you need to treat them differently from this point on. Check out our handy Appropriate Contact Details top tips here
 
Employability- Application Forms
 
Application forms can be tricky. They often ask difficult questions and are really time consuming compared to just sending off a CV. Check out our handy Application Forms top tips here
 
Employability- Handling Rejection
 
There is a chance that you experience rejection when you go for interviews. This is something that most of us go through, probably more than once. Check out our handy Handling Rejections top tips here
 
Employability- Work Experience / Trial Days
 
The bottom line is that, paid or not, the employer is expecting you to contribute to the company. That means they expect you to show up, to be on time and to deliver what you have agreed to. Check out our handy Work Experience or Trial Days top tips here
 
Employability- Social Media
 
Social media is more important than ever when it comes to finding employment. Check out our handy Social Media top tips here
 
Employability- LinkedIn
 
A large number of organisations look for emerging talent on LinkedIn. You can leverage LinkedIn to display your skills and gain the attention of recruiters and future employers. In addition, you can get the latest news, inspiration, and insights you need to be great at what you do. Check out our handy LinkedIn top tips here
 
Employability- Labour Market Information (LMI)
 
Labour Market Information (LMI) can be an extremely powerful tool, giving you a clear view of what is happening in the jobs market. Check out our handy Labour Market Information (LMI) top tips here