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Articles tagged with: interviews

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.

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?

23July

Interviews: Making a good impression

Written by Bethany Carter Posted in Interviews

Interviews: Making a good impression

You've done the hard part, you've put in the hours for your job search and now you've had the personal victory of being invited to come for an interview; but how do you overcome the overwhelming amount of pressure of making a good impression?

12March

Day Five: Interview all round!

Posted in My MGN Journey

I missed the morning part of today’s session, as I was at an interview. It was an interview for a waitressing job at Giraffe in Cambridge, and I’ve landed myself a trial day shift this Sunday! Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

15January

The Importance of Language at Interview

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Interviews, Careers

The Importance of Language at Interview

You may not think it, but language is very important in interview. From the language you use in the interview, to the image you project through your body language, here we will explore why language is important for interview and give you advice on using it effectively.

10January

Samantha's Story

Posted in Experiences of My Mentor, Learners' Stories

Hi, I’m Samantha and I am NEET. This means that I am Not in Employment, Education or Training. I had previously been living with my mother but unfortunately we never had the best relationship. When it soured, I couldn’t take it any more so I decided to leave and move in with my partner’s parents.

20September

My Study Programme

Written by Matt Allman Posted in Education and Learning, Careers

My Study Programme

Interview with Sophie, who is currently studying on the ONIT course at 4rce training, Ipswich. This is a year long course designed to help young people who are NEET or who are leaving college to participate, motivate themselves, improve personal skills and employability skills  while also improving their qualifications. The aim is that afterwards they will either return to college or enter work, apprenticeships or further training afterwards.

05September

Dressing Inappropriately: How you could be letting yourself down at interviews

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in General Advice, Interviews, Careers

Dressing Inappropriately: How you could be letting yourself down at interviews

Last week at the MTV Video Music Awards in the United States, Miley Cirus attracted a storm of criticism and controversy in the news and on social media. Dressed in a flesh-coloured bikini, and prancing around stage with a foam finger, twerking as she went, the performance of the 20 year old singer at the awards has been described as inappropriate by many, seeing her in particular as setting a bad example to her young fans who look up to her and admire her.

20March

Looking for Work: Matt's Top Tips

Written by Matt Allman Posted in Work, Careers

Looking for Work: Matt's Top Tips

If you have decided to start looking for work you may be busy giving out your CV and attending interviews. We all get frustrated when we hear nothing back after hours of walking around giving out CVs. You need to stay positive and keep motivated, don’t lose focus or give up.