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Articles tagged with: careers

22May

How to Write a CV

Posted in Work


You’ve applied for tons of jobs for months and months but it just seems like a dead end because you never seem to get a response. Maybe your CV needs some work! Below are major tips to getting past the first stage of the interview process and creating a CV to impress your potential employer.

Contact details: This should be the first section of your CV and include your name, mobile number and email address. Some people take it a step further by adding a profile picture however this is completely optional and not a requirement.

Personal statement: A personal statement is like an introduction to who you are. It should be a summary that reflects your goals, skills, and ambitions. It explains what you can offer as an employee and what you are looking for. Keep it short, sweet and simple but make sure you outline why you are a suitable candidate for the role.

Work experience: This is obvious, you should list all your relevant work experience (including work placements, volunteering and apprenticeships) with the most recent going first. Make sure you use this section to its full capacity by going into specific details of what you have done in previous roles that makes you well equipped to work effectively in the role you are applying for. Include your job title, the name of the organization you worked at, the time of your post and your main responsibilities.

Education: In this section, you simply need to list and date all your previous and current professional and educational qualifications with your most recent going first.
Skills and achievements: This is your chance to stand out and show how you may be different from other candidates. Do you speak other languages? Are you Prince2 certified? Have you raised money for a charity? If so, this is your time to brag about your proudest moments and attributes!

Hobbies and interests: This is an opportunity to show the employer a better idea of the type of person you are. Make your interests relevant to the job you are applying for, i.e. if you’re applying for a role with a fashion company, a great interest would be - ‘In my spare time, I love attending fashion shows and creating posts for my personal fashion blog’.

References: A lot of people opt out of providing the exact contact details of their references at this point and leave it till they’re requested at the interview or hiring stage. The decision to include these details on your CV is entirely up to you. If you choose to provide this information at a later stage of the hiring process you can simply write ‘reference available upon request’.

Here at TCHC, we run a range of programmes designed to put you on the path of employment. The programmes include services that can help you with your CV writing skills in order to present yourself in the best light possible to your future employer! Visit tchc.net today to learn more about all the support you can get in putting together the perfect CV. You can also check out our employment guide for tips and tricks.

03September

Dream Career Vs Your Skills

Written by Bethany Carter Posted in Careers

Dream Career Vs Your Skills

When you’re at school you are constantly being asked what you want to do with your life. It can be really hard to side line the input from your parents, teachers and peers that say you should follow a particular path. How do you decide what is right for you; do you take the path for doing something you’re really passionate about?

28July

Interviews: Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Written by Neil Mawdsley Posted in Interviews

Interviews: Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

A recent blog post looked at how to make a good impression at an interview and included a range of really useful tips. I’d like to follow on with the interview theme and consider one of the top 5 interview questions namely –  Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

10July

Deciding the Right Path

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Career Planning

Deciding the Right Path

You might be very unsure of your career and thinking, what is the right career for me? Your future does not have to be uncertain, you can think about.

21May

Matching your personality to a career

Written by Neil Mawdsley Posted in Career Planning

Matching your personality to a career

What does Kelly Holmes and Michael Owen got in common apart from the obvious that is?

Well they’ve both taken the icould.com/buzz test and they’re both Polar Bears! Or in personality terms they are strong and determined and enjoy being the boss. Polar Bears enjoy working independently and are happy in their own company.

29April

"I have no qualifications, what can I do?"

Written by Zera Bacon Posted in Career Planning

There may be many situations where you may not have completed your school quals or have not obtained the marks you hoped to get. The reasons can include things like:

22April
15April

Chocolate Jobs

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Work

Chocolate Jobs

It’s Easter and so we are bringing you a special career addition, this time talking about chocolate jobs.

You may not believe it, but there are plenty of jobs in what is a lucrative and increasingly expanding industry. Hotel Chocolat even has a dedicated course, the Diploma in Chocolate, teaching employees about chocolate production methods and customer service.

11April

Top Tips for an Effective Job Search

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Careers

Top Tips for an Effective Job Search

If you are looking to kickstart your career or need a job to get by or fund training, then there are a number of things you can do to carry out an effective job search.

08April

Why It Is Important to Plan

Written by Matthew Webb Posted in Career Planning, Careers

Why It Is Important to Plan

I think ‘having a plan’ is a phrase that either  brings comfort to people who like to be organised or, alternatively, strikes fear in to those who like to ‘go with the flow’. People constantly wonder: What am I supposed to work towards? What if I change my mind? How do I do it? Why should I bother? These are all perfectly normal and understandable questions to ask.

03April

Careers that Involve Writing

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Work

Careers that Involve Writing

Maybe you enjoy writing but don't know what you want to do with your career. Or perhaps you are not sure how you can make money out of doing what you love.

However, there are a number of careers that involve writing, including:

12March

Careers that Involve Maths

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Work, Careers

Careers that Involve Maths

Careers that involve maths? This is not tricky. The real answer is every single job under the sun, from shop assistant to astronaut.

However, there are certain careers which heavily use maths. Here are just a few of these careers:

06March

Weirdest Apprenticeships

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Apprenticeships, Careers

Weirdest Apprenticeships

Not sure what you want to do for your career? Perhaps you think that Apprenticeships are only for technical careers or your opinion is governed by the popular BBC show, The Apprentice.

The reality is very different. There are plenty of careers out there which you might have not even heard of before, let alone considered. Here is our small selection.

16September

Deciding your Future

Written by Zera Bacon Posted in Career Planning, Careers

Deciding your Future

I can’t tell you how many times I have had the “what career is right for me?” discussion with one of my 17 year old clients. The answers have ranged from a Vet - until she found out the intensity of some of the examinations she would have to do - to a Hairdresser, but then she decided that she didn’t want to stand up all day - to a photographer, because she likes taking “selfies”.

In reality there is only one person that can come to a real conclusion - YOU!