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Ultimate Job Search, 4th Edition

Book Description

Ultimate Job Search contains invaluable advice on networking, CVs, cover letters, interviews, aptitude and personality tests, offers, rejections and follow-up letters.

Table of Contents

  1. 1  First things first
    1. 1. Find out what skills, qualities and abilities the job requires
    2. 2. Match those skills, qualities and abilities with your own
    3. 3. Prepare examples of how, when and where you have demonstrated them in the past
    4. 4. Present those skills, qualities and abilities clearly and confidently both in writing and verbally
    5. 5. Demonstrate in your presentation, appearance and behaviour the personal qualities required
  2. 2  The highly employable candidate
    1. What makes someone stand out?
    2. What every employer wants
    3. A guarantee of professionalism
  3. 3  Making a start
    1. Key tasks
    2. Skills, abilities and knowledge
    3. Qualifications and training
    4. Results and achievements
    5. Transferable skills
    6. Match the skills you’ve got to the skills they want
    7. Using an advertisement to improve your CV
    8. Reading the advertisement
    9. Putting it in your CV
  4. 4  The skills they want from everyone
    1. Teamwork
    2. Communicating with others
    3. Problem solving
    4. Analysing
    5. Organizing and planning
    6. Flexibility and adaptability
    7. Drive and determination
  5. 5  Your CV
    1. Attract attention
    2. Create a good impression
    3. Present your relevant skills
    4. Keep your CV relevant
  6. 6  CV problems
    1. Problem: there are gaps in my career history
    2. Problem: my career history isn’t straightforward
    3. Problem: my relevant experience is in a voluntary role
    4. Problem: I’ve had lots of very different jobs
    5. Problem: my CV is more than two pages long
    6. Problem: I’m doing more than one job
    7. Problem: I’ve only ever had one job
    8. Problem: a lot of my jobs have been the same
    9. Problem: I’ve been unemployed for over a year
    10. Problem: my current job isn’t very impressive or relevant, or it’s a bit of a step backwards
    11. Problem: I haven’t got much experience for the job I want
    12. Problem: I’m over-qualified
    13. Problem: I’m under-qualified
    14. Problem: I’m over 50
    15. Problem: I’m under 25
  7. 7  CVs with special considerations
    1. CVs for school, college and university leavers
    2. CVs after a career break
    3. CVs for career changers
    4. CVs when you already have a CV
  8. 8  CVs for specific jobs
    1. The clerical CV
    2. The sales and marketing CV
    3. CVs for technical jobs
    4. The management CV
    5. CVs for creative jobs
    6. CVs for practical jobs
    7. CVs for customer relations jobs
  9. 9  Application forms
    1. Application forms section by section
  10. 10  Covering letters
    1. Appearance
    2. Layout
    3. Readability
    4. Content
    5. What goes into the letter?
  11. 11  Telephone calls
    1. General points
    2. Information calls
    3. Speculative calls
    4. Follow-up calls
    5. Telephone interviews
    6. When they call you
  12. 12  The job search
    1. Job search stages
    2. Job market research
    3. Ways of job hunting
    4. Using your skills effectively
  13. 13  Your online job search
    1. What the internet can do for you
    2. Online recruitment resources
    3. Your online CV
    4. Online extras
    5. Privacy and safety online
  14. 14  Job search strategies
    1. Answering advertisements for vacancies
    2. CV and follow-up call
    3. Personal letter
    4. Recruitment agencies
    5. Networking
    6. Job fairs
    7. Personal appearances
    8. Foot in the door
    9. Unconventional approaches
  15. 15  Interviews: making a great impression
    1. Why have an interview?
    2. What happens at an interview
    3. Preparing for the interview
    4. Making a good impression
    5. Looking the part
    6. Acting the part
    7. Overcoming nerves
  16. 16  Answering interview questions
    1. The three rules
    2. What sort of questions will they ask?
    3. Questions they ask everybody
    4. Dealing with negative questions
    5. Questions about salary
    6. Dealing with closed questions
    7. Dealing with the person-specific questions
    8. Inappropriate and illegal questions
    9. Your questions to the interviewer
  17. 17  Questions for specific jobs
    1. Questions for practical jobs
    2. Questions for creative jobs
    3. Questions for clerical jobs
    4. Questions for sales and marketing jobs
    5. Questions for technical jobs
    6. Questions for management jobs
    7. Questions for customer relations jobs
  18. 18  Questions for school and college leavers
  19. 19  Interviews and more
    1. Different types of interview
    2. Interview extras
  20. 20  Offers and rejections
    1. Write a letter
    2. If the organization doesn’t make you an offer
    3. Keep applying
    4. If the organization makes you an offer
    5. Negotiating the offer