Beating the competition

You want a killer CV or a CV that kills with boredom? You decide!

How to write a killer CVCVs, boring but important! Here are a few essential tips on how to write a killer CV.

How to grab an employer’s eye with a killer CV!

Let me guess – you’re not reading this blog on CV’s because you really want to, but because you have to? Let’s face it, even though CV’s are incredibly important they have to rank up there on the boredom scale along with party political broadcasts. I shall try to make this blog interesting, but even if I don’t, it will be far more useful than watching any party political broadcast!

To get started I need to find out a bit of information about you. Read the two descriptions below and decide which of them you fall into.

A)

  1. I have a seamless work history with no or very few gaps.
  2. I’ve got some impressive job titles to show off.
  3. I can show off names of prestigious employers.
  4. I want to change jobs but also want to remain in the same sector or the same sort of role.

B)

  1. My work history is patchy or has one or two gaps on it that I want to hide.
  2. I have experienced a long period of unemployment that you want to take an employer’s eye off!
  3. I have done lots of job-hopping or changes in career direction that I want to disguise.
  4. I want to start a new career or enter the job market but have little relevant experience.

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A job seeker’s best friend is Twitter!

Twitter - a job seeker's best friend!

This is the second in a series of three blogs looking at how to use social media in your job search. In this one we’ll look at Twitter.

Question: If you are a job seeker, have you made Twitter your best friend?

Twitter as a job search tool

Twitter - a job seeker's best friend!With over 12 million users in the UK alone, like it or not – it’s where people and companies gather, and where this happens there you will find business and job opportunities!

The research (conducted by Nielsen @Nielsen) highlights how Twitter is now an everyday business tool for thousands of UK SMEs that use it for marketing, sales, and customer service, for starters. Increasingly UK businesses use it to advertise as well.

34% use Twitter in to find work – 67% of males use Twitter in for job search as opposed to 33% of women

Tip – You could put your job pitch in your Twitter bio including a link to an online CV or LinkedIn profile. Tweet about your work and experiences in your chosen industry – it may attract interest.

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Job hunting with a difference

Job hunting with a difference

Job hunting is often slow and frustrating – however, it doesn’t have to be. Here’s how!

It was one of those supremely character-forming days. In my hand was a card for my first Job Centre appointment, and what made it so embarrassing was that I had been a careers adviser at this same Job Centre only a few short weeks ago before losing my job! Phrases such as “physician heal thyself” and “surely it can’t be that difficult to find a job?” churned around inside my skull like the National Lottery balls, and I wondered how long it would take for my lucky numbers to be chosen – and find a new job!

When your back is against the wall – when your credit card bills and your self-esteem need paying off – you simply want a job-search technique that works, and fast! Here are some job hunting secrets that real people have used to find work in a very tough job market.

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