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You got knocked down – now get up again

Q: I started a new job six months ago – but I hate it. I feel totally constrained in it: I worked in a very similar role before, but with a different company, and the two companies are like chalk and cheese. Before, the attitude was try, try and try – and if you failed, so what, you’d learn from it. Here, caution is the byword. Nothing ventured, nothing lost. I’ve applied for a few new jobs and next week I have an interview – how do I explain the fact that I’m leaving this job so quickly? (DP, email).

Your Career, Your Choices

During the summer break some employers found it difficult to put interview panels together. So it’s no wonder that many people are being called to interview now as we all get back to business. Here are ten essential interview tips to help you get that job, writes Sabina Trench, Sli Nua Careers.

Choosing the right words to let your CV shine

I cannot over-state the importance of choosing the right buzz words for your CV. A CV tends to be only two pages long, so every word counts – and preparing a good CV is the first, and a very important, step on getting the job that you want, writes Sabina Trench, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers.

Doing better than expected need not be the end of the world

Getting way more than what you expected in the Leaving Cert. needn’t be the end of the world. Just because you got top marks doesn’t mean you have to opt for an ‘air is thin up here’ course.

Your Career, Your Choices

Q: I haven’t worked outside the home for 20 years. First, I was at home with the children, and then my husband took ill and I became his full-time carer until he passed away last year. Now, I want to go back to work, but I am frightened. Where to start? Previously, I worked in retail and enjoyed it, but I fear my skills have lapsed. Any suggestions? (GL, email).

‘I want to work – but I don’t know where to start’

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Q: I haven’t worked outside the home for 20 years. First, I was at home with the children, and then my husband took ill and I became his full-time carer until he passed away last year. Now, I want to go back to work, but I am frightened. Where to start? Previously, I worked in retail and enjoyed it, but I fear my skills have lapsed. Any suggestions? (GL, email).

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.

 

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