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Land that dream job // CAREERS // STAY FOCUSED The first thing to consider is that your search for a new job won’t be easy. Unless you are lucky enough to be headhunted, you are likely to be in this for the long haul, with numerous rejections and knock-backs before you clinch a new role. But, as business entrepreneur James Caan explains, it’s vital that you keep your eyes on the prize and avoid losing momentum. ‘Job searching is a job in its own right. It can be time-consuming to read the trade press, send your CV to a recruitment consultant and scour online jobs boards in search for opportunities,’ he says. ‘It can be disheartening to apply for dozens of jobs and for nothing to come to fruition, but stay focused and proactive and your persistence will pay o .’ Every stage of the application process needs to be considered – are you looking for jobs in the right places? Many desirable positions are never advertised, and so career success can rely on being in the right place at the right time. Maximise your chances by networking within your industry and sending out speculative CVs – the more people who’ve heard of you and know you’re seeking work, the better. Creating a targeted CV and covering letter is vital (see Is Your CV Up To Scratch?, right). Many people make the mistake of sending out the same, tired catch-all CV, and lose out to candidates who have prepared one that showcases work relevant to the job in question. TALK THE TALK Think about the responses you give at an interview, and whether you are going into enough depth with your answers. It’s very important to include examples of what you’ve achieved so that the interviewer can relate to what you’re saying. Be descriptive to bring examples to life and use words with impact such as “dedicated” and “committed”. For ideas on questions an interviewer may ask you, a good resource is www. The way you handle yourself is key to how others see you and can give an insight into the way you are viewed. Body language and behaviour expert Judi James says: ‘Around 55% of the communication we make on a face-to-face basis is through body language.’ So what are Judi’s tips for projecting the right image in the workplace? ‘Pause before you walk into a room – whether it’s for a meeting or job appraisal. Straighten your posture, iron out your facial expressions and walk in expecting to give a firm handshake, without letting your hand go too limp or allowing your arm to get pumped.’ It’s also a good idea to maintain eye contact during your interview, accept a drink if you are o ered one (sipping water can provide valuable thinking time before answering trickier questions) and have a couple of questions prepared – but avoid asking about salary or holiday entitlement. These potentially contentious issues can be broached at a later stage. You may have a CV, but does it really show your skills and attributes in the best light? Follow these steps to be sure yours will end up on the ‘shortlisted’ pile… I YOUR CV UP TO SCRA T ? S CH 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 TARGET YOUR CV FOR EVERY JOB YOU APPLY FOR Always refer to the job advertisement that you’re responding to and make sure that you ful l each of the criteria. Think about things you’ve done that may be relevant to this new role – there might be a work placement or achievement that could help your CV shine. PUT A POSITIVE SPIN ON EVERYTHING YOU’VE DONE However insigni cant it may seem to you, eg work experience placements taught you to manage your time. Nearly everything can be turned into positive CV-speak – it’s just a matter of identifying your strengths and playing them up. IF YOU LACK EXPERIENCE, EMPHASISE SKILLS Open with a paragraph outlining the skills that make you perfect for the job. Perhaps you can talk up dealclinchers such as IT and language skills. AVOID OPENING WITH A PERSONAL STATEMENT OR OBJECTIVE Your prospective employer would rather you just laid out the facts. If you can’t resist a self-indulgent paragraph, put it at the end of your CV. KEEP YOUR CV TO TWO PAGES AT THE ABSOLUTE MOST Three pages is overkill, while one page will struggle to contain the must-haves for a CV and still be at a readable font size (no smaller than 11 point). ADD VALUE Savvy candidates have used the recession to add value to their CV by undertaking courses or developing their transferable skills to make them stand out from the crowd. STILL STRUGGLING? Then maybe it’s time to call in the experts. CV-writing pros can whip yours into shape from £10 a pop. Go online to nd someone who can help. DRESS FOR SUCCESS When it comes to choosing which clothes to wear for an interview, think about the type of role you’ve applied for. If it’s a creative role in the media industry, you’re probably better o not wearing a suit. But if you’ll be facing clients or attending board meetings, it makes sense to smarten up. Either way, avoid looking scru y – if it’s appropriate to wear trainers for your job interview, ensure they are box fresh. You should be neat and freshly showered, but avoid putting on too much perfume or aftershave – be sure to leave an impression, but for the right reasons. Less is de nitely more – and that goes for make-up and accessories, too. If you have any visible tattoos or piercings, consider covering them up or taking them out for that vital rst meeting with a prospective employer. WORDS: EMILY WRIGHT | PHOTOGRAPHS: GETTY IMAGES in Mainta while contact uestions ng q answeri t the job abou s ke hand and sha close at the IP TOP T eye JUNE 2011● 35

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Lorraine Kelly - June 2011

Editor’s letter
Hello from Lorraine
Notebook news
Update your calendar
Mum’s the word
In the shade
Beach baggage
Pick a straw
Foot fever
Be bold
Beach chic
Vintage veterans
Celebrity style
Up close and personal
Steal Lorraine's style
Lorraine and friends
Happy hiker
Birth order
Going the distance
Intimacy in numbers
Tales of triumph
Breaking up
Splits in the spotlight
Skill savvy
Bucket list
Serious saving
Big days
Notorious nuptials
In the know
Treat your feet
Drink up
Time of the month
Conception made clear
Manage your menopause
The big C
Battling the blues
Skinny stars
Health hotlist
The new atkins
Sumptuous Summer
Stop fussing
Gym bunny
Hot to trot
Crystal clear
Stop the clock
Dimple doom
Forever young
Make-up made easy
Polish perfect
Luscious locks
Fix it
Dental dos
Banish that blemish
Shopping for baby
Size 20 at seven
Indian spice
Exotic Indonesia
Lone traveller
Offshore weddings
Summer makeover
Room revamp
Keep cosy
Feeling board?
Coming soon
Craft savvy
Guilty pleasure
Rock that frock
Book corner
Final countdown
TRAVEL - Celeb campers
TRAVEL - Camp it up
TRAVEL - We love it
TRAVEL - Little britain
TRAVEL - Holiday lodges
TRAVEL - Quirky places to stay
TRAVEL - Transport yourself
TRAVEL - Best days out
TRAVEL - A brit special
PETS - Star pooches
PETS - Pet products
PETS - Make the right choice
PETS - Caring for your animal
PETS - Feeding time
PETS - When pets get poorly
PETS - time to shift some weight
PETS - Me and my beloved pet
PETS - Animal rescue
PETS - What a picture!
CAREERS - Lorraine's career path
CAREERS - Beauty and brains
CAREERS - C'est chic
CAREERS - Girls at work
CAREERS - Just the job!
CAREERS - Go out and get it
CAREERS - Pick and choose

AT Home with Lorraine Kelly - June 2011