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GETTING STARTED


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Make LESS applications that are targeted – craft each letter and CV to the role that suites your skills and match your skills


to the role you are applying for. Just applying by sending in a standard CV or application can work but it is not as effective as a tailored or targeted approach.


Get things checked – there is plenty of advice out there about writing applications and CVs. Remember that


every every word that you write counts, there is no excuse for poor presentation or spelling mistakes – a recent survey indicated that 9 out of 10 CVs surveyed had errors. Make it simple and easy to read, get friends to check it BEFORE you send it in against any job descriptions etc. DO NOT leave things until the last minute – give yourself plenty of time.


Once you have sent in your application don’t wait to follow up – check that they have received it.


Personal Branding – look at your “net identity” – check your Facebook access and who can see what. “Google” yourself,


would a picture of you “planking” on a hotel balcony make you an ideal employee? It may for some organisations – but NOT many, so I would say don’t do it but especially don’t publicise it!! If you are attending interviews or presentations – remember to arrive on time and well presented, make sure your brand is something that you are proud to be remembered by.


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Chris Morrall Specialist in Career Coaching and Assessment


Email: chris.morrall@talenttransitions.co.uk


Helping Individuals and organisations understand what “good” looks like.


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Always ask for feedback, a polite but effective phrase to use is “I am not challenging the decision – I would just


like to know what I could do to improve my application/performance at interview…?”


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The key a successful job search is to have a PLAN and work it – keep focused – it will help to keep


your energy levels up and make best use of your time. There have been unfi lled graduate vacancies over the recent years – mainly because people have not identifi ed their key skills and competencies and matched them to organisations, or else have failed to present themselves in the best light.


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