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Advice for Graduates - Job Applications

Posted: 10th February 2016 | Category: Graduate section

Preparation

What are your skills?

Know what you have to offer so that you are prepared when potential employers ask you the question. Make a list of your achievements and past experience as this is all valuable and may be the difference between getting the job and being unsuccessful.

Research potential employers

Make a list of employers you are interested in and compare them. Ask yourself - Why am I interested in working for this company? What can I offer the company? Make sure you research them in enough depth so that you are prepared for questions at interview stage. For example, the products that are being sold, what area do they cover and a little about their history.

Know what your employers are looking for

Check that you have got the correct qualifications and experience for the job. You do not want to waste the employers' time if you are applying for a Sales Manager role, for example, and you have no sales or managerial experience. There is no harm in being ambitious but think realistically about the jobs you are applying for.

Application requirements

Have the employers asked for any specific documents? Examples could be: covering letter, certificates to prove qualifications, proof of identity and proof that you are legible to work in the specific country.


Application Process

Writing your application

Give yourself time to write your application. Don't leave it to the last minute and make sure you are applying for a job that you are interested in and one which you also have the right skills set for.

Tailor you application

Match your skills and competences to each job. If you are using the same covering letter for more than one application, make sure you have read it before sending and that it is relevant to the job which you are applying for.

Response

Be prepared for any questions you may get about your initial application. If you are caught off guard and you sound uninterested this will show. Remember to highlight your abilities and what you have to offer.

Double check your application

Before sending off your application make sure you have read through it and checked for spelling and grammar. Maybe get a family member or a friend to read through as a fresh pair of eyes may bring up some new ideas.


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Body Language

Posted: 4th February 2016 | Category: General De Lacy posts

Your body language can have a huge effect on first impressions. At interview it is important to present yourself in a professional and confident, yet approachable manner. It is vital that you don't come across bored or uninterested. Body language can instantly portray how you are feeling so remember the following points when at interview:

1)The Handshake

A firm handshake will show your interviewer that you are a confident candidate. A weak handshake may make them feel that you are nervous and lack confidence.

2)Good Posture

An easy way of gaining your interviewers attention is by sitting up straight. Your interviewer may get the impression that you are not interested if you are slouching.

3)Frowning

Frowning may give the impression that you are unhappy with the interview which will immediately make the interviewer wary of your interest in the position.

4)Fidgeting and Fiddling

Just like having good posture, sitting still is also an easy way of keeping your interviewers attention. Fidgeting and fiddling can instantly give off the wrong impression. Although it may mean you're nervous, the interviewer may presume that you are bored and uncomfortable.

5)Eye Contact

By keeping eye contact throughout the interview will show that you are confident and will therefore maintain your interviewers interest in you.

6)Crossing your arms

Do not cross your arms. By not crossing your arms this will make you seem more welcoming and not so defensive.

7)Personal Space

Invading personal space may make your interviewer seem uncomfortable. Although you must appear interested in your interviewer, don't get too close!

8)The Time

Remember the interviewer has taken time out of their day to meet you so respect this by avoiding checking the time. The interviewer will think that you are bored and would rather be somewhere else.