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If you are out of work and seeking new employment or you are changing career then get yourself down to Grand Canal Hotel on 30th September. The NRF are holding a FREE Career Workshop for 100 people and you could be one. There will be a range of stuff covered including “writing a world class CV”
Details for the event are outlined below …..
The workshop will run for 90 minutes and will cover:
• Writing a world class CV
• Where to find the next job
• Advice on dealing with recruitment agencies
• Improving interview skills and techniques
• Networking skills
• Negotiating salaries
The goal is to provide insight and support to candidates who are currently in a difficult job market. Free Jobseekers Workshop is targeted at all levels of candidate, from junior through to senior management.
Where & When?
September 30th from 6PM to 7.30PM at the Grand Canal Hotel, Dublin 4 and will be presented by NRF Committee member Peter Cosgrove.
To register a candidate for the NRF Jobseekers Workshop or offer your services for the CV Clinic please contact the NRF office on 01-8161754 or email name and contact details to email@example.com
Most jobseekers put time and energy into CV Writing and even pay people like me to do it for them. You need a good CV but I do feel though that there should be more emphasis on finding jobs in this market. I write CVs for many clients and as part of the process I tell them the reality of the current job Market with emphasis on proactive job hunting. I know much of this is not heeded and that many jobseekers will inevitably sit and wait for the jobs to be posted online or in the papers. I guess my point is that there is no point having a great CV if no one ever gets to see it.
Reminds me of a story I read once about two students who finished up for the summer. They both planned to get work for the summer. The first student spent the first week creating an immaculate CV and the other student got a job.
CVs are an essential tool as most employers will want to see the document at some stage no matter how you source the job. Having said this I know of many people who got jobs without a CV. In this market a planned job search strategy is more important as I feel it is harder to find jobs than write a CV. Are you using your CV as the reason for not finding a job when in fact it is more than likely your approach to job hunting?
My dear – Been so busy for the last 6-8 weeks that I have had limited time to research the market and my competition. If you are a jobseeker you have sooooooooooooo much choice for career advice, interview coaching and of course CV services and judging from my latest findings this choice has increased.
I noted a few individual providers that have set up in the last few months and the backgrounds range from management consultants to public sector. Of greater note – Irish Jobs has set up a new website myhorizon to support the jobseeker market in Ireland. They are offering CV support because the online advertised jobs market has collapsed. I had a quick look at the site and it certainly looks good and the prices are a real steal. Get on to them straight away –OR MAYBE HOLD UP A MINUTE.
Here are a few questions I would want answered if I was seeking a CV Service
Who is writing my CV?
This is critical as there are too many people working from text books. Unfortunately this won’t deliver in this market place. I don’t doubt the experience of the CV writers with myhorizon BUT I would still like to see a face and a profile.
What am I getting for my money?
A good CV takes 2-4 hours to prepare depending on the current state and the level of experience by the owner. When I see very low prices advertised I question what would I get for this price.
Is there human contact?
How anyone writes or reviews a CV without human contact beats me. How anyone reviews a CV without knowing where you are going beats me.
Some months back I attended a jobs fair offered to the staff of one company who were cutting employees. The fair was made up of education providers, recruiters and job boards. I was a guest of one company who had a stand at the fair. My role was to analyze CV’s for the employees and provide CV advice.
The jobs fair initiative was part of a bigger outplacement offering which included CV support and interview support. Two things struck me about that day.
- I was amazed how many employees had not attended the supports offered and were then spending 30 minutes with me.
- I was also amazed at the quality of some of the CV’s from those who had attended. (Amazed in a bad way). They had production line CV’s that lacked impact. Anyway this point is for another article.
Outplacement Services can potentially be a great springboard to help you bounce back into the job market. If they are offered to you – TAKE UP THE OFFER.
CV is a critical part of any job hunting activity BUT this is especially the case in tough economic climate and jobs market. So what makes a winning CV – A CV that stands out in the crowd and delivers those important interviews?
I am regularly asked this question and my response is as follows. There are 3 critical ingredients to developing a winning CV
Content – They say property is about location, location, location. Well then CVs are about Content, Conent, Content. Your CV needs focused content. If you have one CV that you send to all jobs then you are making a deadly mistake. Your CV will need tweaking or even major overhaul for each application. Tailor the information to the employer and watch your results improve.
Information Positioning – This follows on from the content element and is all about getting the relevant information to the reader as quickly as possible. You can be creative here and don’t limit yourself to the rigid formats you have be told. If it is not on the 1st page of your CV then it might not get read.
Visual Appearance – we all like to read something that is easy to read. I don’t mean frills but instead a nice clean CV with plenty of white space and uniformed formatting.
Deliver the above and you will deliver more interviews
Have you been using recruitments agencies in Ireland?
Are you frustrated by the lack of returned emails or calls?
The below article from the Irish Independent identifies why this could be the case. Read what leading Online Recruitment & SEO expert Ivan has to say about the Recruitment Sector in Ireland ….
OVER a third of recruiters have lost their own jobs, due to the record hike in unemployment.
The industry dedicated to matching vacancies with workers has itself been decimated over the last 12 months with a total of 4,500 jobs lost in what was once a 12,000-strong sector.
Many employment agencies have drastically reduced their staffing levels as the numbers signing on soared by 97pc.
The group representing employment agencies, the National Recruitment Federation (NRF), saw just a handful of clients go to the wall but has recorded a massive drop in the number of employees.
NRF president Frank Collins, said he knew of one agency where staffing levels plummeted from 12 to just one person, and another where they fell from 28 to eight.
He said “green shoots’ were visible in some sectors of the economy, although employers were waiting to see if this would lead to a recovery.
Managing director of recruitment website employireland.ie, Ivan Stojanovic, said his business survived purely because it was not heavily dependent on placement adverts.
“Recruiters have been the hardest hit of any sector,” he said. “As time goes by, it’s getting worse and worse. I believe the figure of those who have lost their jobs in recruitment could be around two out of three.
If you are using recruitment agencies in this tough market you need to change your approach. What worked previously will not work now. Find out how to make your CV stand out for recruiters on this site.
If you had enough sending your CV to the recruiters via Job boards, and not really hearing much back from them (besides the auto responses) you might give a try the Social Media for Recruitment – Jobs Market site. How does it work? Just put your profile on, and it is visible online immediately. You can even write your own blog there, and present yourself, your career, your achievements, your interests.
When you publish your profile on the Social Network site as opposed to just another CV database in some job board, your Profile is free to all Employers and they can contact you directly without any burdens. You then choose who do you want to accept and embrace with. Recruitment Social Networks Jobs Market is the future of recruitment. You can publish your existing blog on it, the RSS, the Twitter,….
Worky.com is a new Irish Recruitment Social Networking site.
When you write a good CV for your next Job in Ireland, make sure you do not apply to it on the Jobs sites. Since according to Worky – Job sites don’t work.
Here you can find more about Worky.
What to do with a CV? Upload it to the databases. The employment statistics show us that far more candidates are getting hired by uploading the CV to the online databases than just applying for the jobs on the jobs sites and sending it to the employers. Uploading your CV to the online CV databases assures you will be found when the recruiters will need you (not when you need a job – and send the m the CV out of a blue!). Sending a speculative CV to an Employer creates work on their end. Storing it in the CV database makes your CV available when they will have a need for it. So be there – be found.
Get your CV in the right CV databases to be found when the employers will need new staff member with your skills. Be found when the right time comes!
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