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Making Effective Applications


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One hour careers skills session focusing on recruitment process, making effective applications, understanding skills and writing a good CV.

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Making Effective Applications

  1. 1. Understanding Your Skills & Making Effective Applications BECKA COLLEY, CAREERS ADVISER
  2. 2. Overview of Session How are you recruited and selected? Understanding your skills Making effective applications/writing a good CV
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  4. 4. Recruitment and Selection Processes  Staffing need arises/is identified  Job role is created with person specification and job description  Role is advertised  Shortlisting takes place  Selection panel process, usually at least an interview  Successful candidate appointed
  5. 5. Issues to Consider Process will be very competitive Recruiters doing this in addition to their day job  Shortlisting can be very very dull  How will you grab their attention?
  6. 6. When you see a job vacancy… Read the details Locate the Person Specification Do you meet the criteria? Do you want the job? Get your application checked!
  7. 7. “Careers in sports psychology are varied. The work will usually be a mixture of consultancy work (with individual athletes, national sports bodies, GPs, teams) and will involve improving individual performance or encouraging the take up of exercise amongst the wider population.” html accessed 4.12.14
  8. 8. Follow Their Rules!  Do what they ask, how they ask  Don’t submit a CV if they ask you not to  Ensure you put N/A in any sections that do not apply  Use the correct font, size of font or colour
  9. 9. Making Effective Applications  Unpick the skills required Match to your experiences  Evidence all areas with multiple examples
  10. 10. Skills Audit  Provide evidence of your skills and experiences against the skills on the checklist 10 mins individually using STAR model to evidence two or more skills  Situation - brief background, context of the setting (1 sentence)  Task – what did you need to achieve, with who and why (1 sentence)  Action- what did you do, what steps did you take (3-4 sentences)  Result – what did you achieve - always a successful outcome! (1 sentence)
  11. 11. Skills Most Commonly Sought By Employers 1. Self-management: readiness to accept responsibility, flexibility, resilience, self-starting, assertiveness, self awareness. 2. Team working: respecting others, co-operating, negotiating/persuading, contributing to discussions, awareness of interdependence with others. 3. Business and customer awareness: understanding of key drivers for business success, importance of innovation and calculated risks, need to provide customer satisfaction and build customer loyalty. 4. Problem solving: analysing facts and situations, applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions. 5. Communication and literacy: ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy including listening and questioning 6. Ability to manage others: ability to direct other people to achieve a goal 7. Time management: techniques for planning and scheduling time to increase effectiveness and efficiency 8. Decision making: process of making informed choice among alternative actions that are possible 9. Ability to show initiative: ability to act on your own and to show resourcefulness in planning, proposing and carrying out tasks and activities 10. Working under pressure: carrying out tasks in stressful conditions caused for example by time or resource constraints 11. Adaptability/flexibility: ability to change successfully to fit varying circumstances or situations 12. Ability to plan and organise: being able to design, plan, organise, and implement projects and tasks usually within an allotted timeframe and/or budget constraints
  12. 12. Useful language for your CV and applications  Developed expertise in  Demonstrated/used skills in  Knowledge of/experienced as/in  Extensive training/involvement in  Proficient/competent at  Assisted with/in  Created  Worked closely with  Efficient at  Regular interaction with  Promoted to  Succeeded in or successful in/at  Experience involved/included  In charge of  Initiated  Established  Assigned to  Achieved  Devised  Thorough/comprehensive understanding of  Implemented  Managed/led  Collaborated with
  13. 13. CV Top Tips Do  Be positive  Use action language  Check for spelling and grammar errors!  Think carefully about layout  Maximise your skills and experiences Don’t  Lie!  Waffle  Waste space, leave large blanks  Under sell yourself  Use a template  Make it generic
  14. 14. The Perfect CV?  Is my CV interesting to read?  Does it reflect the vacancy?  At a glance will someone want to meet me?  Have I provided proof with examples?  Have I linked my experiences to the role I want?  Does it demonstrate my excellent communication skills and good use of IT?
  15. 15. Getting a job Where do you lack evidence or experience?  How will you develop these skills? Do you know what you need to obtain your dream career (or any job!)?
  16. 16. What Next?  Email a Careers Adviser Network, network, network!  Stay motivated!
  17. 17. Resources   Vacancy Database  Download Zone (booklet CC22 Options with a degree in Sport)  Volunteering/Part Time/Summer Opportunities  Making applications booklets & support from Careers Advisers  