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Thursday, 21 Sep 2017

Application & Resume Tips

Your resume is the first thing a potential employer will see from you.  It identifies your accomplishments and skills, explains your employment history, knowledge and successes. Your resume is what makes you stand out from the crowd and differentiate you from your competition.

Remember, You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Things to triple check

  • Spelling; Read and re-read (spell check will not pick up on all errors or misused words)
  • Dates of employment
  • Tenses and punctuation
  • Information that has been crossed out or handwritten is unacceptable
  • Make sure your resume will email and photocopy well

Job Searching Tips

Network (Not only in Cyber Space)
Most people find jobs through word-of-mouth (not on line). Talk to the people you know, including relatives, friends, teachers, and former co-workers. Let them know that you are looking for an Apprenticeship or Traineeship; ask their advice; seek out introductions to people in the field that interests you.

Target that Job
Create a custom version of your resume for each job that interests you. Your resume is usually an employers first contact with you. Make sure it highlights your passion and any experience that relate to the job that employer is seeking to fill.

Sell Yourself
Identify your skills. Work on communicating them effectively. You need to be able to lay out your skills, and explain how they relate to the job you're seeking.

Get Organised
Make a list to help keep track of your job search efforts. Preparing a list also helps you to organize your priorities and keeps you focused on your goal - finding your perfect Apprenticeship or Traineeship.

Know your Stuff
Read the newspaper and industry mags to remain current on developments in your field of interest. Knowing the latest trends will help set you apart from other candidates in an interview.

Practice makes perfect
Preparation is the key to a successful interview. Know your skills and be ready to illustrate how they relate to the job in question. Practice with a family member or a friend to get comfortable with your responses and to formulate strong answers to questions you might not anticipate.

Follow up
Follow up on all leads as soon as possible. If you don't, your competition may.  Send a post interview thankyou e-mail.

Keep smiling
Looking for a job can feel like a job in itself.  Don't let it get you down. With patience and hard work, you will succeed.