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By  Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
<ul><ul><li>Aims </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sourcing your ideal role </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective CV Preparation <...
<ul><ul><li>Be able to search effectively for new role </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare an effective CV and covering let...
<ul><ul><li>Job Strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Sites e.g. totaljobs, monster etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word ...
<ul><li>Define your product </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know yourself and your skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regularly, not ...
1. Communication Skills 2. Honesty/Integrity 3. Teamwork Skills 4. Interpersonal Skills 5. Strong Work Ethic 6. Motivation...
<ul><ul><li>Clearly identify skills and competencies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of ‘power words’ or ‘action words’ </...
<ul><ul><li>How does it look? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it tailored to the job for which I am applying? </li></ul></ul...
<ul><ul><li>Do it now </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do target your CV towards the job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do sell your...
<ul><ul><li>Don’t do it all by yourself the first time - seek advice and second opinion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t i...
<ul><ul><li>Failure to identify what the employer is looking for. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Underestimating and undersell...
… a tool to inform, persuade and get you an interview, and it's also a reflection of who you are, so you want to be sure t...
<ul><ul><li>Demonstrate to the employer your interest in and knowledge of the company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlight...
<ul><ul><li>Address your letter to a named person.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think from the employer’s perspective rathe...
<ul><ul><li>Briefly introduce yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State what position you’re applying for and where you sa...
<ul><ul><li>Don’t repeat your CV </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does my covering letter complement my CV? </li></ul></ul><ul><...
How do you ace your job interview? By  Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
<ul><ul><li>Can you do the job? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will you do the job? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will you fit in...
<ul><ul><li>It creates a good impression </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It helps to boost confidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><l...
<ul><ul><li>Biographical – talk through your CV </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stress – what if scenarios </li></ul></ul><ul><...
By  Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
<ul><ul><li>Don’t slouch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sit back in your chair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain eye contact...
By  Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
<ul><ul><li>Behavioural Interview Questions, also called Situational, used as a tool to discover how your performance in a...
<ul><ul><li>Find out the positions held by the interviewers in advance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain eye contact wit...
<ul><ul><li>Analyse what happened </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Send a ‘thank you’ note </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you are...
<ul><ul><li>Consider the impression the company made on you: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Were they professional in thei...
<ul><ul><li>Sourcing your perfect job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tailor your CV to the role you are applying for. </li></u...
Questions? Contact:  Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com http://twitter.com/catherineadenle By  Catherine A...
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Getting Your Ideal Job by Catherine Adenle

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Tips and Advice on How to Navigate the Job Market and Get Your Ideal Job: Preparing an Effective CV, Covering Letter and How to Ace the Job Interview.

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Getting Your Ideal Job by Catherine Adenle

  1. 1. By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  2. 2. <ul><ul><li>Aims </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sourcing your ideal role </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective CV Preparation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Covering Letter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Interview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  3. 3. <ul><ul><li>Be able to search effectively for new role </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare an effective CV and covering letter. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend job interviews with increased confidence. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After the interview </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  4. 4. <ul><ul><li>Job Strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Sites e.g. totaljobs, monster etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word of mouth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking (F2F, Social Media, WOM) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruitment Agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Headhunted </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  5. 5. <ul><li>Define your product </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know yourself and your skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regularly, not just when facing imposed change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine the strengths you are selling to potential employers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What makes you stand out from the crowd </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Determine your market </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you need to undertake training or development to increase your competitiveness? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Target your marketing appropriately </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make a plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be positive </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  6. 6. 1. Communication Skills 2. Honesty/Integrity 3. Teamwork Skills 4. Interpersonal Skills 5. Strong Work Ethic 6. Motivation/Initiative 7. Flexibility/Adaptability 8. Analytical Skills 9. Computer Skills 10. Organisational Skills By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  7. 7. <ul><ul><li>Clearly identify skills and competencies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of ‘power words’ or ‘action words’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make it clear. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two A4 pages. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be honest. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concentrate on achievements. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proof read. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlight goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use same font. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No spelling mistakes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lean and mean </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  8. 8. <ul><ul><li>How does it look? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it tailored to the job for which I am applying? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are there any errors? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do my exceptional selling points stand out? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it in chronological order? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are my skills and competencies set out? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does my covering letter complement my CV? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have I used action words? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the most relevant information at the front? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Am I being honest? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does it stand out? </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  9. 9. <ul><ul><li>Do it now </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do target your CV towards the job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do sell yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start with general contact information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cut out the rubbish and make it interesting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Format your CV appropriately </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Edit and Edit again! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do make it 2pp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do spell check </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do make it result orientated </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  10. 10. <ul><ul><li>Don’t do it all by yourself the first time - seek advice and second opinion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t include Age; Ethnic identity; Political affiliation; Religious preference; Hobbies; Marital status; Sexual orientation; Place of birth; Photographs; Height; Weight; and Health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t include humour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t give excessive details </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t clutter it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t send off your CV unless you are completely satisfied it is as good as it could be. </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  11. 11. <ul><ul><li>Failure to identify what the employer is looking for. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Underestimating and underselling the skills you have to offer. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Failure to provide the right evidence to support skills and competencies. </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  12. 12. … a tool to inform, persuade and get you an interview, and it's also a reflection of who you are, so you want to be sure that it is error-free and easy to read and understand. By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  13. 13. <ul><ul><li>Demonstrate to the employer your interest in and knowledge of the company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlight, not repeat particular parts of your CV that are your unique selling points; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Draw attention to additional information that does not fit easily into a CV; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain any personal circumstances or anomalies in your application. </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  14. 14. <ul><ul><li>Address your letter to a named person. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think from the employer’s perspective rather than your own. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell them what you can contribute to the organisation rather than how it can benefit you. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideally your covering letter should be no more than one page long and with short and clearly themed paragraphs. </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  15. 15. <ul><ul><li>Briefly introduce yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State what position you’re applying for and where you saw it advertised. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain why you’re interested in this type of work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain why you’re interested in working for this particular employer. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlight the ways in which you’re suitable for this position. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take the opportunity, if necessary, to explain any anomalies in your background, such as any time gaps or any ways in which you don’t match the selection criteria. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indicate availability for interview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Show enthusiasm </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  16. 16. <ul><ul><li>Don’t repeat your CV </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does my covering letter complement my CV? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure you’ve read the advert properly. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Point out what you can do for them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t include negative information. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Always check for spelling and grammar. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t make it too long. </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  17. 17. How do you ace your job interview? By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  18. 18. <ul><ul><li>Can you do the job? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will you do the job? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will you fit in? </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  19. 19. <ul><ul><li>It creates a good impression </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It helps to boost confidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It demonstrates enthusiasm & pro-activeness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It better prepares you for difficult situations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It allows you to review your performance more accurately </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  20. 20. <ul><ul><li>Biographical – talk through your CV </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stress – what if scenarios </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem Solving – activities based test </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Situational/Behavioural – evidence based (of past behaviour) </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  21. 21. By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  22. 22. <ul><ul><li>Don’t slouch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sit back in your chair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain eye contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try not to gesture too much </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No funny faces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be enthusiastic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speak clearly and slowly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use positive language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid to many “errs” and “ums” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask for time to think </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  23. 23. By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  24. 24. <ul><ul><li>Behavioural Interview Questions, also called Situational, used as a tool to discover how your performance in a previous job may contribute to your future performance in the role being recruited for. Use STAR * approach to answer. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence based - is a style of interviewing often used to evaluate a candidate's competence, particularly when it is hard to select on the basis of technical merit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparation!!! Do not memorize answers; the key to interviewing success is simply being prepared for the questions. Have a mental outline to follow in responding to each question. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>* S ituation, or T ask - describe the situation, A ction - describe the action you took, R esult - How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn? </li></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  25. 25. <ul><ul><li>Find out the positions held by the interviewers in advance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain eye contact with all interviewers even when you are answering a question from one of them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to remember their names and positions so you can address your questions at the end of the interview specifically to them </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  26. 26. <ul><ul><li>Analyse what happened </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Send a ‘thank you’ note </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you are offered a job, make sure you accept for the right reasons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If not, ask for feedback – and be open to it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not view rejection letters as negative. </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  27. 27. <ul><ul><li>Consider the impression the company made on you: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Were they professional in their approach? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What was the company culture? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Did you meet any other members of the department or management team? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do you think you will get on with your manager and with other people? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate Values </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think about the big picture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Training needs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Prospects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Salary </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fringe benefits (pension, medical insurance etc) </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  28. 28. <ul><ul><li>Sourcing your perfect job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tailor your CV to the role you are applying for. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adopt the same approach if the job is internal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare for the interview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sell yourself!! </li></ul></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  29. 29. Questions? Contact: Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com http://twitter.com/catherineadenle By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com

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