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Ultimate job search: invaluable advice on networking, CVs, cover letters, interviews, psychometric tests and follow-up strategies

Author: Williams, Lynn Publisher: Kogan Page, 2008.Edition: 2nd ed.Language: EnglishDescription: 230 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780749453886Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes index
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Ultimate Job Search Invaluable advice on networking, CVs, cover letters, interviews, psychometric tests and follow-up strategies Contents Acknowledgements Introduction 1 First things first 1 Find out what skills, qualities and abilities the job requires 4; 2 Match those skills, qualities and abilities with your own 6; 3 Prepare examples of how, when and where you have demonstrated them in the past 7; 4 Present those skills, qualities and abilities clearly and confidently both in writing and verbally 7; 5 Demonstrate in your presentation, appearance and behaviour the personal qualities required 8 ix 1 3 2 Making a start 9 Key tasks 10; Skills, abilities and knowledge 10; Qualifications and training 11; Results and achievements 11; Match the skills you've got to the skills they want 12; Using an advertisement to improve your CV 13; Reading the advertisement 13; Putting it in your CV 14 3 The skills they want from everybody Teamwork 18; Communicating with others 18; Problem solving 19; Analysing 19; Organizing and planning 19; Flexibility and adaptability 20; Drive and determination 20 4 Your CV Attract attention 21; Create a good impression 22; Present your relevant skills 22; Keep your CV relevant 32 18 2 1 5 CV problems Problem: there are gaps in my career history 36; Problem: my career history isn't straightforward 37; Problem: my relevant experience is in a voluntary role 37; Problem: I've had lots of very different jobs 37; Problem: my CV is more than two pages long 39; Problem: I'm doing more than one job 39; Problem: I've only ever had one job 40; Problem: a lot of my jobs have been the same 41; Problem: I've been unemployed for over a year 41; Problem: my current job isn't very impressive or relevant, or it's a bit of a step backwards 42; Problem: I haven't got much experience for the job I want 43; Problem: I'm over-qualified 43; Problem: I'm under-qualified 44; Problem: I'm over 50 44; Problem: I'm under 25 45 6 CVs with special considerations CVs for school, college and university leavers 46; CVs after a career break 50; CVs for career changers 52; Your online CV 55; CVs and scanners 57 7 CVs for specific jobs The clerical CV 61; The sales and marketing CV 64; CVs for technical jobs 67; The management CV 69; CVs for creative jobs 72; CVs for practical jobs 74; CVs for customer relations jobs 76 8 Application forms Application forms section by section 82 9 Covering letters Appearance 87; Layout 87; Readability 89; Content 89; What goes into the letter? 89; E-mail 94 10 Telephone calls General points 99; Information calls 100; Speculative calls 101; Follow-up calls 103; Telephone interviews 105; When they call you 105 11 The job search Job search stages 107; Job market research 108; Ways of job hunting 112; Using your skills effectively 115 36 46 61 81 87 99 107 12 Job search strategies Answering advertisements for vacancies 118; CV and follow-up call 119; Personal letter 120; Recruitment agencies 121; Networking 122; Job fairs 123; Personal appearances 124; Foot in the door 125; Unconventional approaches 126 13 Interviews: making a great impression Why have an interview? 130; What happens at an interview 131; Preparing for the interview 132; Making a good impression 137; Sounding the part 137; Looking the part 139; Acting the part 140; Overcoming nerves 142 118 130 14 Answering interview questions 144 The three rules 144; What sort of questions will they ask? 145; Questions they ask everybody 145; Dealing with negative questions 150; Questions about salary 152; Dealing with closed questions 153; Dealing with the person-specific questions 154; Inappropriate and illegal questions 158; Your questions to the interviewer 159 15 Questions for specific jobs Questions for practical jobs 162; Questions for creative jobs 166; Questions for clerical jobs 171; Questions for sales and marketing jobs 175; Questions for technical jobs 181; Questions for management jobs 187; Questions for customer relations jobs 194 16 Questions for school and college leavers 17 Interviews and more Different types of interview 207; Interview extras 211 18 Offers and rejections Write a letter 219; If the organization doesn't make you an offer 221; Keep applying 224; If the organization makes you an offer 224; Negotiating the offer 224 Index 161 200 207 219 226

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