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Seven tips to help you write a cracking job application

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Q: Can you give me some tips for completing a complex job application form, especially for someone who hasn't done one in a while? That’s the boat I find myself in now. I’m at a loss wondering how I can complete all the sections without boring them – or, indeed, me – to death. (KL, email).

How to ‘curate’ your career to interest potential employers

Q: I’m writing my CV for the first time in 24 years – and I don’t know where to start. I’ve done so much across a range of sectors – to be honest, I think I’ve forgotten half of it. I’ve managed two large retail outlets; sold advertising for a magazine and website; managed a team of merchandisers; and even ran a community enterprise. How can I blend all this together so that it makes some sense without running to 20 pages? I’m at my wit’s end trying to figure it out. (LF, email).

Why a pay cut may be just the tonic

Q: I’ve been offered a better job but there is a pay cut involved. I’m tempted. People might think me crazy. Should I take it? (DF, email).

15 tips to make a strong return to your old career

Q: I’m thinking seriously about returning to my old career. I’ve been doing something else for the last 20 years and I miss what I did previously. It’s time to go back to the future, I feel. What do I need to look out for? (IK, email).

Coping with remote work overload

Q: I’m a member of a remote working team collaborating on a major project – and I’m struggling. It feels like everything has to be scheduled and I never know if people are even concentrating in Zoom meetings. I feel overloaded and I miss being around people. Any tips? (DF, email).

Eight tips on how to show you’re more than just a smooth talker

Q: I am talkative, and I think quickly on my feet. People would say I am rarely stuck for a word. I sometimes feel that people think this means I am flighty or lacking in depth - in fact, as I’ve shown throughout my college years, I have great focus and attention to detail. Just because I talk a lot doesn’t mean I can’t listen and pay attention. I’d like to maintain my verbal dexterity in an important job interview next week, but also convince them I’m not just a fly-by- night. Any thoughts on how I could combine those twin goals?” (TT, email).

How to strike the right tone in community work interview

Q: My friend is going for an interview in a fortnight as a community development worker with a youth organisation. The role will involve helping young people growing up in difficult circumstances to get involved in activities such as sport, drama, art, volunteering and the like. She is newly qualified in this area but hasn’t a breeze what kind of questions to expect in the interview. I’ve agreed to put her through a mock interview next week and would like to have an idea of questions I could ask her - and possible answers for them in general terms? (LC, email).

How to strike the right tone in community work interview

Q: My friend is going for an interview in a fortnight as a community development worker with a youth organisation. The role will involve helping young people growing up in difficult circumstances to get involved in activities such as sport, drama, art, volunteering and the like. She is newly qualified in this area but hasn’t a breeze what kind of questions to expect in the interview. I’ve agreed to put her through a mock interview next week and would like to have an idea of questions I could ask her - and possible answers for them in general terms? (LC, email).

How volunteering can bring real career benefits

Q: I’m new to Ireland and I want to get working and advance my career. I’m applying for various positions but haven’t made much progress yet. Some people have told me that I should do voluntary work locally, but I’m not sure how much value that will bring at this stage. I really want to get paid work and don’t want to waste time – volunteering for a local sports club or charity doesn’t bring in badly needed money or get my foot on the career ladder. How do you think I should approach this? (LJ, email).

How volunteering can bring real career benefits

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Q: I’m new to Ireland and I want to get working and advance my career. I’m applying for various positions but haven’t made much progress yet. Some people have told me that I should do voluntary work locally, but I’m not sure how much value that will bring at this stage. I really want to get paid work and don’t want to waste time – volunteering for a local sports club or charity doesn’t bring in badly needed money or get my foot on the career ladder. How do you think I should approach this? (LJ, email).

 

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