3 career articles you must read this week

Job hunting | Image courtesy of Graela (Flickr)

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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  • http://www.ericajmoss.com/ Erica Moss

    Mildred, thank you so much for sharing my post on YouTern! I hope it proves useful to your readers.

    • http://www.mildredtalabi.com/ Mildred Talabi

      You’re very welcome Erica, I thought it was an incredibly useful insight into exactly what it takes for someone to impress for the long term in such a short space of time :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/nljonesconwy Natalie Jones

    Great blog as usual. Have you done a blog on whether recruiters really use CV’s placed on jobs board as a way of finding people? I find I can spend a lot of time uploading my CV to different job sites and then…..??!! I wondered what evidence there is to show that employers actually search for people on these jobs boards, and whether it is really a worthwhile part of someone’s job search strategy compared with responding to advertised jobs, contacting people speculatively etc. Would love your thoughts! Natalie, blog subscriber.

    • http://www.mildredtalabi.com/ Mildred Talabi

      Hi Natalie, thank you for your kind comments – I’m really glad to have you as a reader!
      That’s a very good point you raise; I haven’t written about job boards specifically before but I do suspect a lot of the shortlisting from the boards is done by computers before it filters down to a real person. It would certainly be interesting to explore it in a future post; thank you for the suggestion.

  • http://youtern.com Dave Ellis – YouTern

    Hi Mildred! Thank you for including one of YouTern’s blog posts in your list. That post you chose is great because it’s a topic that relates to a lot of our Gen Y audience, and it was written by an up-and-coming Gen Y blogger we featured.

    Thank you again for your support! :)

    Dave

    David Ellis
    Content and Community Manager
    YouTern

    • http://www.mildredtalabi.com/ Mildred Talabi

      Hi Dave, no problem at all – thank you for featuring the post! I enjoyed the article so much, I’ve also snapped up your blogger for a future guest post on my site ;-)