We all know that applying for a job can take a lot of time and effort. Sometimes you put together a CV, to find you also have to fill in an application form or answer essay type questions. It can feel like there’s a lot of hoops to jump through before you get anywhere near an interview. As it can be such a lengthy process, it very often leads to applicants making a mistakes.
With A Level and GCSE exams finally over, it might be that you’ve started to give some thought to what happens next. It might be that your next step is a job, either looking for a full time career or a part time job. If it is, to get a job, you’re going to need a CV. Putting a CV together can take time and if you’ve never had to do one before, where do you start?
I was shocked to see a recruiter advise people to use white text on their CV, stating by adding a third page which contained key words written in white text, they’d easily get through any filter. I thought the post was incredibly misguided, it’s alright telling people how to buck the system, but the fact remains that if your CV does manage to make it through, when an actual person reads it, you still won’t get the interview, let alone the job!
Anyone who has ever looked for a new job will tell you that the two most annoying things about job hunting are; Never getting any form of response from a job you’ve applied for, not even a “we’ll keep your details on file” Going for an interview and just receiving a standard “thanks, but no thanks” type rejection. These can be soul destroying, particularly if you’ve spent time crafting the perfect application and it was a job you really wanted. The worst thing can be not knowing why you were turned down, which is why it’s absolutely fine to ask for feedback!
Changing jobs or re-entering the workforce after a career break downs;t necessarily mean completely retraining. You will have transferrable skills you can use.