Belfast Telegraph

Put your best form forward on the job hunt

Top tips for those seeking employment ‘in today’s challenging economic times’ are on hand from local Careers’ offices.

Terry O'Hanlon, Careers Manager for North Belfast at |the Department for Employment and Learning’s Careers Service NI, said competition for jobs |is currently tougher than ever.

“The most important thing |to remember is that we’re |ready, willing and able to help,” he said.

“We would urge anyone wanting help with job applications or completing a CV to call in to their nearest careers office.

“We can also offer help to |anyone seeking information or making decisions on staying on |at school, going to college, |seeking employment or changing jobs.”

Mr O’Hanlon continued: “Many companies and recruitment agents will ask you to apply using a standard application form so that they can compare applicants on a like-with-like basis by considering their approach to the form and how they complete it.

“This will be your first introduction to the company so it’s down to you to make yourself stand out from the rest.

“It’s useful to make a copy or download a few applications so you can practise.

“Keep copies of your applications for future reference, |or to avoid making similar |errors if an application is poorly received.

“If there’s little space to list |all your qualifications, it may |be possible to summarise key |results.

“You could refer to a fuller listing on a separate sheet or mark as ‘available upon request’.

“If in doubt, contact the employer to check they’re happy to with this approach.

“The bottom line is that if you’re seeking careers information, advice or guidance you should contact your local careers office, go to Careers Service website www.careersserviceni.com, call us on 028 9044 1781 or visit the employment section on www.nidirect.gov.uk.”

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