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job offer

Making sure that your new job offer is in line with your expectations and that the company values you appropriately You have just been offered a job! Fantastic. Now you need to know that the job offer is in line with your expectations and that the company values you appropriately. It is natural for employers to try Read more…

cover letters

Here are a couple of sample cover letters you may find useful.   Dear I wish to apply for the role of Accounting Supervisor advertised in The Times on 20 December 2008.

job

In the current climate some job ads will get thousands of applications. Job ads frequently get hundreds of people responding to them depending on the speciality and seniority of the position.  So of course it is bound to be a bit of a lottery. Not even the most conscientious recruiter can screen and prioritise that many applications Read more…

cold calling

A carefully prepared  and well delivered cold call can be an extremely effective job applications strategy – if you get through to the right person! Making job applications by cold calling does not seem particularly attractive as a job applications strategy. Most of us find the idea uncomfortable and shy away from it. So what can you Read more…

recruiters

The importance of using recruiters as part of your job applications . If a recruiter feels they can earn a fee through you they can be helpful. But if not, you are unlikely to find the relationship very productive. Nevertheless, even though networking remains the most likely route to getting a job, recruiters still handle a good number Read more…

recruiters

Choosing the right recruiters to apply to is essential when making job applications . As with all things, a trusted recommendation is worth more than any amount of advertising. Speak to your friends and colleagues about which recruiters they have used for their job applications and whether or not they would recommend them. In the absence of Read more…

cover letter

Your job applications cover letter is just as important as your CV . It is where you show that you meet the qualities set out in the job ad’s Person Specification. This article give you some tips on how to write a cover letter, and a couple of example templates. Some of the following might seem obvious Read more…

speculative letter

Consider writing speculative letters as part of your job applications strategy . It may surprise you to learn that most jobs are never advertised, but if you think about it for a moment it makes sense. Advertising is expensive and the employer knows nothing about the people who reply to the advert, other than the CV that Read more…

job application

Not every job search is the same. Some organisations, particularly in the public sector, do not accept CVs. Instead you are required to submit an application form. The recession has hit the public sector particularly hard, with 15% of local authorities planning to make job cuts in 2009, according to the Local Government Association. But that still Read more…

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