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Your Career, Your Choices

When time is a factor for employers, many use phone or Skype interviews as a means of sifting through the candidates, before inviting a chosen few to a personal interview. This requires a little more preparation on your part, but with the right approach, you can still make a virtual impression, writes SABINA TRENCH, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers.

Your Career, Your Choices

Q: I’m about to start a college work placement with a leading company in my sector – marketing. It’s an eight-week thing during and I really want to make an impression. Any thoughts? (DR, email).

Heads up on the interview panel: use it or lose it

Sometimes when you are called for interview, you will be given the names of the interview panel. This is very common in the public sector, but also happens in the private sector from time to time. But, what should you do with this information? Plenty, writes SABINA TRENCH, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers.

Your Career, Your Choices

You have been working in the same place for the last 15 years, and you just know it’s going to come up in the interview. You can use this to your advantage: all you need is a strategy writes Sabina Trench, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers.

12 things to remember when writing your CV

It can be the most challenging of tasks, writing your CV. Where to start? What to highlight? How to shorten? How to sell yourself? These 12 pointers will help you get on the right track, and will also assist you in writing your LinkedIn profile, writes MARY O’BRIEN-KILLEEN, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers.

Five tips for the job seeker’s LinkedIn profile

Recently unemployed or wanting to make a change from your current role? Having a LinkedIn profile will help to showcase your qualifications, experience and skills…but can you make your profile stand out from the other hundreds, if not more, also seeking similar roles? The following five tips will help you do just that, writes SARAH QUINN, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers

What questions should I ask at interview?

When you’re preparing for interview, it’s always a good idea to practice answering some typical questions you may be asked, but don’t forget to prepare for that all-important, yet lesser-spotted question: ‘Do you have any questions for us?’ By asking the interviewer excellent questions, you will not only prove yourself a strong contender, but glean a deeper understanding of what’s involved, writes HEATHER HAMILTON, CAREER COACH, SLI NUA CAREERS.

Six simple tips for a college graduate’s LinkedIn profile

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How can hobbies add value to my CV?

At the end of many CVs there’s a section reserved for personal information such as hobbies, interests and volunteering. We’ve all seen the cursory attention this section sometimes gets with the predictable list: reading, walking and socialising. But don’t let this opportunity to add value to your application pass you by writes SABINA TRENCH, CAREER COACH, SLI NUA CAREERS.

Virtual preparation can bring real interview benefits

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Q: I live in a remote region. I have a job interview early next week - I haven’t done one in years and wasn’t much good at interviews the first place. I am really worried about this one as it is a job I really want to get – jobs like this don’t come up very often in this area. ‘Get some interview training’ is the advice I am getting online – my problem, however, is that because of my location, and family duties over the next few days, I cannot travel to meet somebody. I have been offered a Skype session – can this work? (EG, email).


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