Succeed in the workplace
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Succeed in the workplace

Week 6: Creating strong job applications


Developing your career will involve applying for the work you want to do. This might be with your existing employer, with a new employer, voluntary work, short-term contracts or work experience. Whichever option you decide to pursue, you will need to be able to match yourself to the work and the expectations of the employer. This week the focus is on helping you to do that successfully.

The first step is to analyse what is needed for a particular job. In Week 3 you learned how to research the requirements of types of work or employer. The process here is similar, though your focus will be on a specific opportunity. However, you still need to find out what is needed and then present yourself in the best way.

In the first part of this week you will consider how to do this in response to advertised jobs. In the second half of the week, you will create a CV which allows you to respond effectively to more formal opportunities which arise.

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Wendy Woolery:
Welcome to Week 6. Last week, we looked at how your personal and work contacts can help you explore opportunities, to progress your career. This week, we’ll look at a specific opportunity and consider employers are looking for in their person specification and job descriptions. You'll also have the opportunity to write a personal statement. And finally, we’ll look at different types of CVs and consider how you can update your social media personal profile.
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By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • review a job advert
  • consider what makes a good job application
  • explore why it is important to have a current curriculum vitae
  • create or update your curriculum vitae (CV).
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