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What are my transferrable skills?

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 16:01 -- nick

One of the biggest challenges when it comes to a career change is giving your CV the punch it needs to make an impact in a new industry. You may think that little of what you have done before will count, but you'd be wrong. We all pick up and develop a wide range of skills that can be applied in many different roles.

What is a transferable skill?
As the name suggests, a transferable skill is something that can be taken with you and applied to any new job. These are core skills that all employers value, and include:

Tips for writing an online CV

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 15:56 -- nick
Recruitment is well and truly entrenched in the online world now, meaning that it's increasingly important to make sure your online CV is up to scratch. While online CVs share many of the same virtues of the traditional paper format, there are a few subtle differences that you should consider before penning your resume and submitting it to the world wide web.

What is the worst CV mistake EVER?

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 15:46 -- nick

What could possibly be the worst mistake you could make when it comes to your CV?

Not targeting it to the kind of job you’re looking for is a biggie. Leaving out keywords that a scanner can pick up is another no-no. So is failing to list your achievements in ways the reader will find meaningful.

But the biggest error of all in putting your CV together is simply this: being sloppy.

What is the ideal CV length?

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 14:17 -- nick

We have seen CVs over 30 pages long (true!) with photocopies certificates on top of that. This is not an autobiography you’re writing. It’s a curriculum vitae and it’s meant to be a lot shorter! A one-page CV if it is feasible is recommended – and some recruitment agencies, especially head-hunters, may insist on a one-page CV.

Spring clean your CV

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 14:08 -- nick

Your CV is one of the most powerful weapons in your job-seeking armoury and is often the first point of contact with a potential boss, so it’s vital to make this document as powerful as possible.

There are two stages in this process:

How should I follow up job applications?

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 14:02 -- nick

You found a job you’re interested in online. Excited, you send off your CV along with a cover letter explaining why you would be perfect for the job and sit back and wait for their response. And wait. And wait. And three weeks later you're still waiting. Your early enthusiasm has disappeared and you've concluded your CV has fallen into a recruitment black hole.



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