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Interview Tips / Re: How honest should you be in a job interview?
« Last post by StephWard27 on March 16, 2017, 04:39:50 PM »
To be totally blunt, as someone who used to assist in interviews in community pharmacy, lying in an interview is the worst possible idea. Sugar coating or emphasising certain points is totally acceptable, and being vague about a dismissal is almost expected, but to falsify information is a sackable offense.


A little trick I learned to catch out those lying about foreign language skills, is to learn one sentence from the language they claim to speak. Something like 'so how strong would you say your (language) is?' spoken in the foreign language. If they look at you with a horrified expression, chances are they exaggerated their ability. If someone lies about one thing,it implies they will be willing to lie about other things.


Deceit is not a desirable quality in an employee, nor a person.
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CV Tips / Re: What do i need to write on my personal statement?
« Last post by StephWard27 on March 16, 2017, 04:21:28 PM »
It is not necessary to enclose a personal statement with a CV - but you might like to attach a cover letter instead. Just introduce yourself, and refer to your CV (e.g. "As you can see from my CV, my skills in (skill) and my educational background in (subject) make me an excellent candidate for this vacancy, as per the job description.")


Another tip I learned in college was, start your CV with an 'About Me' or 'Personal profile'. It should be a complex sentence just saying who you are and what you are about. I learned this format:


"I am a (adjective, adjective) individual with a passion for/keen interest in (choose  one), seeking employment as (job title)."

Short, sweet, and concise!


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CV Tips / Re: What is the best CV format in 2017?
« Last post by StephWard27 on March 16, 2017, 04:14:39 PM »
I'd probably recommend sending a CV in PDF format - that way, recruiters can access them on tablets or from their mobile phone if they are working on the go. Just ensure that your CV is clear and easy to read.


Some online applications will specify a format; if so, adhere to their preferences to speed up your application. If the employer can't read your CV, its unlikely they will email you and ask you to send it again - harsh but true.
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Career Advice / Re: Top 10 Things to Remember If You Want to Change Your Job
« Last post by StephWard27 on March 16, 2017, 04:10:58 PM »
I cannot emphasise enough the importance of doing your research. I had an interview at Newcastle University and I actually looked up the interview panel in the run up to the interview to ensure I had intelligent things to say to them that piqued their interest or was in their area of expertise. It worked - I got the place! The same thing applies to job interviews.


If you are able to fire their buzzwords back at them, they will be seriously impressed too.


And finally, most companies will ask for two forms of ID, including a passport or driving license, and proof of address no older than three months old. And if you get an interview, TAKE IT WITH YOU! A friend of mine  forgot one thing in an interview with Asda, and they wouldn't even let her sign in, so she didn't even get interviewed. A hard lesson learned.
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I am so sorry to hear you are having this problem. I too had a similar problem - people rush to interview me, but I have been pipped at the post three times. Once I believe was because they realised during the interview that I was pregnant; once was because I applied for a job working with recovering addicts, and they gave the job to a recovered addict; once was because there were over 500 applicants for the job, 50 were interviewed, and the one who got the job had more experience than me.


It might be that the industry you are applying for is incredibly competitive - many people applying for the same job. If you can get feedback from the interviewers, that would be helpful. Just write to them and ask what they were looking for that you couldn't offer. I wish you luck in your future applications!
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CV Tips / Re: Should I use Cliché answers on a resume?
« Last post by StephWard27 on March 16, 2017, 02:43:19 PM »
Whatever you do, don't blurt out 'I want your MONEY!'.... but you could use some of the following points to answer their question. Try not to make them sound cliche, but rather make them sound honest.


Examples:
-Competitive rate of pay
-Excellent company to work for
-Easy for me to commute to
-I enjoy customer-orientation in my work
-Excellent employment benefits
-Hours suit my lifestyle


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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!
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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!
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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?
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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.
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