I would like to go back to work part-time now but feel that my skills are out-of-date. Do you have any suggestions? Judith’s answer: Many people lose some confidence after taking a break from work and it makes it difficult to present a positive image – on paper and at interview. One way to tackle […]
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Yes, it will be OK to use notes (unless you have specifically been told you must present without them) but they must be discrete (not a thick pad of A4) and you should be so well-prepared that you should only need to refer to them occasionally. The best way to prepare is to practise your […]
I go along to these on my own but I don’t really make the best of them. Everyone seems to know each other and I feel like a spare part. How can I join in – without feeling like I am butting in – and promote my business? Judith’s answer: These events can be very […]
Using the video is entirely optional – some people go for it and some just won’t entertain it! It is up to you. I suggest it for some circumstances because I think it will help. Don’t forget, we are not just looking for faults and areas for development – we also look for the things […]
It is difficult without seeing the proposals myself but a common problem that occurs is that businessesdescribe themselves and their products (ie. they write about their features) rather than supplying information about what they can offer to the prospective customer (ie. write about the benefits). It may be that this is what is happening to you. Please get […]
Well, I obviously can’t be an expert in all subjects for university and college courses and all jobs – so I research the technical area and develop my own bank of questions. This enables me to ask you technical questions and gives you practice thinking about how you would answer them, succinctly and with examples. […]
Generally, they are looking for applicants who are enthusiastic, motivated, passionate about their subject and keen to learn. Birmingham University has produced a very interesting and useful video with a number of Admissions Tutors for different subjects on it and they give a good insight into what they look for. (See the link on the […]
Quite a long time if you want to do a really good job! Before you even start to write you will need to have done some solid research and have established some clear aims. For example, which course(s) you are interested in and which universities you would like to apply to. You will also want […]
Accuracy and completeness are critical. If there are gaps where information has not been provided – or gaps between jobs or education that aren’t explained – then the person recruiting will wonder why. If they are busy (and they probably will be), they may decide that they can’t be bothered to find out and so […]
No, not really. I recommend producing a CV with a layout and structure that would suit the job or jobs you want to apply for. I see the CV as a number of sections which we would put together in a certain way – changing the emphasis as necessary so that the most important and […]
- I have had a break from working for five years while my children were little.
- For my next job interview I have to make a five-minute presentation. Will it be OK to use notes?
- I am a sole trader and have just become a member of a couple of business networks.
- I don’t think I want to see myself on video when I come for a practice interview – it’s going to make me feel worse – why do you suggest it?
- I am trying to get work for my business but my proposals are being rejected even though I know we could do the job really well? Have you any advice?
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