Kickstart Your Career
Whatever your work situation, let The English Studio help you shake up you CV and create a working profile to kick-start your career. Here we give you the essential tips you need to get yourself job-ready!
Get yourself employment ready!
1.Know your career choices
Before you do anything, you should make a list of the possible career options you are looking for. This will really help you focus and getting you to write down the skills relevant for the job.
2.Update your CV
As you continue to learn, not just in school, but in life, you will see your skillset improve every day. Your CV should include all the correct, up-to-date information describing your skills, knowledge and experiences. Spelling and grammar is vital here, so proof read it again and again … and again.
3.Write the perfect Cover Letter
Cover letters are really important, so you need to make sure it includes the right language and tone and be specific to the job you want. Your cover letter acts as your personal introduction to sell your CV/Application. It gives you the chance to explain to your potential employers why you are the best candidate for the job. Any of the Teachers & Staff at The English Studio are on hand to help you write your perfect cover letter.
4.Research. Research. Research.
The Internet is a great source to kick-start your career search. There are so many great websites with job listings, so spend some time searching for the jobs you would like to apply for and save them. Other places to look for jobs include local newspapers, notice boards, job centres and even signs hanging in windows.
Time to go shopping! In most businesses looking smart is a given, so you should think about what to wear carefully. You cannot go wrong with conventional office wear and a clean appearance to create a professional first impression.
6.Practice makes perfect
Interviews can be stressful at times, so why not get some practice in beforehand.
- Identify the skills, interests and experiences that the organisation requires by looking at their website and social media channels, and how they relate to your own.
- It is important that you allow your personality to shine throughout and show that you are genuinely interested in the role, so prepare some answers to common interview questions, as well as your own questions to ask at the interview. Ask a friend to ‘mock’ interview you, so you can practice your answers.
- Consider how you’ll explain problematic aspects of your career, such as gaps in education and/or work history.
- Is it two pages or less? Did you know that it only takes an employer ten seconds to scan through your CV and make a decision. Make those ten seconds count with an amazing CV.
- Check. Check. Check … Is everything spelt correctly? Have you thoroughly checked for grammar and correct use of language? Get a second eye to have a read through.
- Is it consistent? Do the dates follow in the same order for your education and employment sections (this must be in reverse chronological order)? Make sure to use the same font, size and layout throughout.
- Bullet points, not paragraphs. This makes it easier to read.
- Have you included all your work experience? Employers do not like unexplained gaps in employment.
- As well as highlighting those all-important skills, employers love to see achievements. If you have ever volunteered, run a race or won a competition, make sure to include it.
- You must have at least two referees. Can they be contacted easily? You must include their phone numbers and email addresses. If you have run out of space, add the following line: ‘The name and details of referees can be supplied on request’. Or something similar.