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Three steps to career success

Whether you’re just starting out on the career ladder, fancy a change or you’re simply hunting for a new job, planning a new career can be an exciting yet daunting process.

Use our search box to look for a job that’s right for you and follow these handy tips to help you on your way.

CV

Your CV is your passport to a face-to-face interview, so it’s important to get it right.

The most widely accepted format is two sides of A4 listing your name, contact details, key skills and achievements, work experience, education and qualifications, hobbies and referees.

Make sure it’s laid out clearly in distinct sections, and always list your work experience, education and qualifications in reverse chronological order.

Cover letter

Your cover letter is an opportunity to elaborate on some of the key skills and achievements on your CV.

Although it’s tempting to send the same cover letter each time you apply for a new job, it’s important to tailor it carefully for each application you make.

Employers want to know exactly why you’re the ideal person for the job, and, specifically, how your previous skills and experience can be applied in that role.

Cover letters should be no more than one page long and be kept simple, polite and to-the-point.

The interview

The best advice for a successful interview is to be prepared. Anticipate some of the questions you might be asked, such as why you left your previous job, what your weaknesses are or an example of a time when you demonstrated particular skills, and make a note of some answers.

Being clean, smartly-dressed, punctual and friendly are crucial, but employers also like to see that you’ve taken the time to research their company, and are interested enough to ask relevant questions.

Be careful not to ramble in your answers – be clear and concise, smile, and make eye contact.

Employers will usually let you know when they’ll be making a decision, but if you haven’t heard from them after a week or two, it’s perfectly acceptable to give them a call and check the status of your application.

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