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CV Tips / Re: How do I write a CV for a 17 years old for a part time job?
« Last post by StephWard27 on March 15, 2017, 08:51:53 PM »
Finding a job when you're under 25 is hard these days, and under 18's have it even harder! Without having experience, you have a lot to prove to a potential employer, which is why most schools are part of the work experience programme that operates nationwide. From this, you gain experience of a real working environment, and if you do a decent job, you get the benefit of having met a manager who can give you a work reference in the future.

This absolutely should be included in your CV. Have a look at the templates and samples here for further guidance on how to constuct the bones of the CV.

Got no work experience? Ask one of your teachers for a letter of recommendation and include information in your education section about anyextra curricular activities where you have worked in a team, had leadership, or have developed certain skills. My friend landed a job in a call centre aged 17 with no experience as a German speaking operator, because she did the British Airways Language Flag award in German. Underestimate nothing.

Good luck with your CV and job hunt!
CV Tips / Re: Help with CV as I have been away for a year
« Last post by StephWard27 on March 15, 2017, 08:34:14 PM »
Travelling takes a lot of courage, and costs a lot of money, so I'm not surprised you picked up a little temping work. Id write a paragraph along the following lines and add it to your CV:

"January 2016-2017 - Career Break

I took a career break to travel and explore the world and experience it from the perspective of other cultures. I travelled to (country), and (country), as well as spending some time in (country) where I picked up a little temp work to further support my travels. It was a wonderful experience, and I enjoyed every minute. I even learned a few snippets of (language) and (language)!"

This covers all the bases and gives your interviewers a few pointers for icebreaking topics. Good luck in your job hunt!
Job Seekers Advice / What am I doing wrong - unable to get past first hurdle
« Last post by glip on March 15, 2017, 08:16:11 PM »
Hi guys,

Hoping for a bit of advice here. I've got several years of experience in my area and feel very confident in what I do. I'd say I tick all the boxes on paper and my CV reflects that. I've applied for several jobs recently in my area and made my CV available online. Recruitment agencies are usually very quick to get in touch with me with a job and ask the usual questions - what I'm looking for, why I want to leave, my salary, my day-to-day duties, etc.

However, after what is an enthusiastic and promising initial conversation, I usually never hear back from them. I've been to a couple of interviews, so managed to get some recruiters to get back to me, but they were the exception. I'm a foreigner and have an accent but usually people understand me, even on the phone. I do have a British passport, so that's not an issue.

 Why would they rush to get in touch with me, then forget about me? What am I doing wrong?
Job Seekers Advice / Re: TRAPPED IN JOB
« Last post by StephWard27 on March 15, 2017, 01:26:26 PM »
This sounds like hell and I am sorry to read that you are so depressed.

I know its been a while since you posted, but in the event you are still in the same cycle, here is my advice, as a working mother.

1) Compile a dossier of what you actually do in a day
2) Observe what is going on around you. Are there deficits in other departments? Speak to other colleagues and see if they can delegate anything to you.
3) Prepare to reduce your hours by proving how you would fill the time. Eg, working 10-2 monday-friday and helping other departments/taking delegated work etc. Be proactive about this.
4) Actively seek outside roles when you have time. Apply for anything and everything. There are CV and cover letter examples all over this forum which may inspire you.
5) Use your time at work to try and study free online courses. There are quite a few bits and pieces that you could do to try and get other qualifications and experience of other roles.

Primarily though, you must consider your mental health. Take some sick leave if you need to and can afford to. Maybe coming back to the job with fresh eyes might make you feel a little better. Good luck and I hope you find a way out of your situation.
Job Seekers Advice / Re: Has Brexit put my job at risk?
« Last post by StephWard27 on March 15, 2017, 01:16:04 PM »
At present, I do not feel Brexit is an impending threat. The government must hash out a satisfactory withdrawal plan before they invoke article 50. This could take many many months, and Theresa May might be coming close to completing this, but even with a withdrawal, the government cannot just throw people out of the country and I believe there should be something in place to protect EU and international workers, perhaps offering them preferential visas if their  employer wishes to keep them, which many will. A mass exodus and deportation could crash the economy if not controlled.

But for now, it is a few years away and I believe we should allow a 'watch-and-wait' period to see exactly what our government come out with.
Job Seekers Advice / Struggling to secure job
« Last post by Tomklin on March 15, 2017, 08:50:01 AM »
Hoping for some advice here.
 I am experienced in my field, CV impressive enough that agencies are keen to contact me, but after an initial enthusiastic phone call, most drop off the radar.

I've managed to go to 3 interviews, so some agencies do follow through.

My question is what could I be doing wrong when I deal with them? Not grovelling enough, not speaking clearly, asking for too much money?

It's none of these btw but I am a foreigner so speak with an accent. I have a British passport.
Oh dear! You should never lie in an interview, because most companies have a policy that if you are deceitful and truth about something is discovered later, you can be immediately terminated. My friend did this (although she lied about being sacked for stealing from her previous company) and was actually escorted from the premises by the area manager and a security guard. How embarrassing!

I suppose the only thing you could do is come clean, and just say you answered incorrectly out of nerves and that you realised immediately what you had done but were too embarrassed to correct yourself. This makes you look a bit silly but is probably the closest to the truth you can come without outing yourself a liar to your potential future employer. Good luck with your next interview, and try and be a bit more careful next time...
CV Tips / Re: How to deal with a dismissal on a CV
« Last post by StephWard27 on March 14, 2017, 09:10:42 PM »
This is not something I would address on a CV, a document in which I am trying to sing my own praises. You are not obliged to include this interview in a CV and need only discuss it at interview if you are asked about it. Even then, use choice language, for example, tell them you made an error in judgement and learned a very hard lesson on what you should do differently in future and that you hope they can see past it and offer you the chance to prove yourself in a fresh start.

Theoretically, you might not have to disclose this information. If they don't ask, don't tell!
Career Advice / Re: What should i do?
« Last post by StephWard27 on March 14, 2017, 06:37:40 PM »
In this scenario, you have to look at what will serve you best. Better pay for a longer period,or less pay on a temp contract but having a manager you like? It looks like a no-brainer when you put it like that, doesn't it!

Take the job as a driver's mate, and write Argos a kind letter thanking them for the opportunity,however you have been offered an alternate position that better serves your requirements at this time. Neither job is set to offer you 'nothing', because they both offer different alternatives for experience and skill improvement, and either will look fab on your CV. If you've only been at Argos a month or so, it's probably not even worth mentioning on a CV - you'd spend more time explaining it to future employers.
CV Tips / Re: I have no qualifications, how do I write a CV?
« Last post by StephWard27 on March 14, 2017, 06:21:44 PM »
The best advice I can give is, go out and get some experience! Charities across the country recruit and rely on huge teams of volunteers to run with minimal cost. Consider applying for volunteer work. I volunteer for my local hospice and as well as gaining experience of working in a healthcare environment, I have also improved my skills in teamwork, health and safety, and communication. Many volunteer-based organisations run a range of mandatory and optional training so you can do as little or as much as you want. Take full advantage of this and maybe you could get yourself the qualifications you lack. Also browse online for free or cheap accreditations. Good luck!
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