Sample job application cover letters
INTERVIEWS: Do's and Don'ts
The right way to prepare and take part in an interview, click the image to view the PDF document:
20 Common Interview Questions
Here we have a list of 20 questions, which are often asked in an interview. Click here to view the PDF document.
Getting a Job
Key brief pointers to improve your chances:
- Get your CV up-to-date: If you don't have formal academic qualifications think about the skills you have had to use and demonstrate in previous jobs, at home, or in social or sporting environments, for example, and highlight them. If you don't have qualifications or if you think you should get some new ones, you should actively think about (and pursue) bringing your skills up-to-date. Some training funded by local and central government is available free-of-charge. For more information on how to update your CV, follow this link.
- Be prepared to be flexible: Employers who are willing to take on older workers may want them on a job share, part-time, fixed contract, project-specific or consultancy basis. These may lead on to 'permanent' status although not necessarily so. You may have to be prepared to accept a lower salary than the one you have been used to, at least initially.
- Do your homework: Try to find out about the businesses/ organisations that you are applying to. Visit their website, ring and ask If they can send you a copy of their staff newsletter or company/ organisation brochure. Read them and try to understand more about the business or organisational environment they operate in. Understand the job and the person specification they are looking for.
- If, and when you get to the interview look smart, be positive and keep it brief: Clarify the details of the job and the sort of person they are looking for. Focus on how your experience can help the business/ organisation achieve its goals but don't bang on endlessly about the way things were done within the previous organisations you worked for. Help them to see you as a potential member of staff who is willing to put themselves out and to get the job done.
- Good Luck: Hopefully, you'll get the job, but if you don't then ask them politely why you didn't succeed. They can give you useful feedback that will help you at future interviews.
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