Job search dos and don’ts

By Newham.com

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Job search dos and don’ts

The dos and don'ts for presenting yourself to employers.

Writing a CV

Do

  • Give examples of when you used each skill you say that you have
  • After checking for spelling mistakes, get someone else to double-check
  • Use good quality A4 white paper when printing and copying your CV
  • Sell yourself! The other job applicants will, so you should do also.

Don't

  • Use more than three sides of paper - the recruiter may be viewing hundreds of CVs so keep it brief
  • Give information that is not releveant - your points should relate to the given job specification in some way
  • Fold a printed CV - it will look more professional if received uncreased in an A4 envelope
  • Lie or over exaggerate about your abilities or achievements - you will get caught out...eventually.

Preparing for interview

Do

  • Find out as much as you can about the organisation and the team you would be working with
  • Practice answering interview questions - get a friend, relative or careers advisor to help you
  • Make sure you know how to get to the interview - check transport routes and street maps in advance
  • Prepare questions for the interviewer that show you are interested in the organisation
  • Look after yourself - eat well and get enough sleep.

Don't

  • Drink alcohol on the night before or the day of the interview
  • Eat food with a strong odour e.g. fish or garlic
  • Wear too much perfume or too much scented products
  • Leave preparation to the last minute - you will be more likely to panic and flustered
  • Be late - remember, first impressions last the longest.

At the interview

Do

  • Smile
  • Answer questions fully
  • Develop rapport with the interviewer
  • Ask questions.

Don't

  • Tell jokes - people have different senses of humour
  • Lie or over exaggerate about your abilities or achievements - you will get caught out...eventually
  • Don't bad mouth other people or past colleagues - even if they are truly terrible
  • Accept alcohol or cigarettes even if offered - limit the chances of things going wrong e.g. getting drunk or causing a cigarette burn.

For further information see:

www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk