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If you’re job seeking, I can’t stress enough how important it is to feed your mind with useful resources that will help you stay ahead of the game.

Thanks to the internet, there’s an entire ocean of help and advice out there waiting for you to dive in (check out these 10 must-read career blogs for starters).

Now I try and read as much careers advice as possible from other sources so I can make sure I’m bringing you the best and most current advice and resources on my blog each week.

Today, I want to share with you three incredibly useful articles I’ve recently come across that will absolutely help you to move from job seeker or volunteer to employee – if you faithfully follow the advice.

Here they are:

What Recruiters Really Want to See on Your CV | >>Undercover Recruiter

CVs are my thing so I’m always curious to read what other people have to say on this subject. This article is an interview with a Senior Recruitment Consultant at the Graduate Recruitment Bureau (an agency that specialises in placing graduates into graduate jobs) and she clearly knows her stuff.

Among the great advice given here (and it’s not just applicable to grads by the way) are the following nuggets:

  • “If a CV looks bad the implication is that the candidate is bad and they are either too commercially unaware to know how important a CV is or too apathetic about their job search.”
  • “People who know what sector they want to start a career in and can prove their commitment with a good CV and experience portfolio to back it up, are attractive to employers.”
  • “Use Linkedin –it is your best friend in a job search and beyond. Don’t just use it to make contacts but also to do your research.”

You can read the full article here…

My application forms are fine. So why aren’t I getting any interviews?        | >>Momentum Careers Advice

This is easily the most detailed article I’ve ever come across on how to successfully complete application forms – a task many job seekers find very challenging.

The author, careers adviser Hannah Morton-Hedges, demystifies the interview shortlisting process and offers helpful guidance on how you can approach application forms in a way that will put you in good stead for an interview.

According to Hannah, the four main reasons you can miss the interview shortlist are:

  1. You’re not qualified enough for the job
  2. Your application is not tailored strongly enough to the person specification
  3. You don’t give enough evidence of the skills you have
  4. You’ve decided to leave certain information out of your supporting statement

All of these are easily rectifiable and you can find out how by reading the rest of the article here…

Turn Your Start-up Internship into a Full-Time Job Offer | >>The Savvy Intern

This last one is a rather inspiring story of an intern who impressed his temporary employees so much so that he was hired as a full-time employee at the end of his two month internship.

This young man went above and beyond the call of duty to improve the processes where he worked and exceed his monthly goals, but he also embedded himself into the culture of the work place and became a valued team member in the process, long before the job offer arrived.

Click here to read the full story (and also check out last week’s post on how to volunteer your way into a paid job for more inspiration)

So that’s it for this week! I’ll be back here next week with another career article or resource. In the meantime, you can follow me on Twitter for daily career tweets (and other occasional ramblings) – @mildredtalabi.

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