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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.
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
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.
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.
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).
Q: I have been hearing a great deal of late about ePortfolios. Some people I know have them and are adamant I should have one too. They work in graphic design and architecture – my area is teaching. Do you see any value in it for me – I have to say that I struggle to see how one could help me?
By the time you reach the end of the interview, all you want to do is get out the door as fast as you can. However, that could be a mistake, and asking the right question or questions might just help you to secure a job offer, writes SABINA TRENCH, CAREER COACH, SLI NUA CAREERS.
Q.: “I have been working in the same job for 15 years, and recently I have started trying for internal promotion. I’m getting to interview, but no success so far. Where might I be going wrong? (JD, email).”
Many students are now facing into Transition Year (TY) with a mixture of trepidation and excitement. This year offers a great opportunity to gain skills and experiences that should not be missed writes SABINA TRENCH, CAREER COACH, SLI NUA CAREERS.