How To

12th November 2018

How to… accelerate your career

Whether you are looking to progress in your current role, get promoted or make a career change there are ways to ensure you are not overlooked for opportunities. Speak up Make your commitment to the company clear and express an interest in moving forward in your current role. Ask for more responsibility. Take an interest...

29th October 2018

How to… be a good interviewee

A job interview is the first chance you have to make an impression with your prospective employer and it’s one you don’t want to mess up. Nerves can often lead to honest mistakes during interviews but it’s also important you don’t let bad habits ruin your chances of landing that dream job. Don’t fidget Try...

22nd October 2018

How to… choose a career

Whether you are looking for your first job or want to change career, you should understand what type of person you are and what you want from your work and life. Spend time getting to know yourself and research different opportunities to help make the best decision for you. The Careers Service at www.nidirect.gov.uk offers...

15th October 2018

How to… answer unexpected interview questions

Interviewers often throw in a trick or unexpected question to try and catch you unaware. Quite often there is no right or wrong answer but rather they are trying to gauge your ability to think on your feet. If you were given a box of 10 pencils can you list 10 things that you could...

5th October 2018

How to… study effectively

While September may be all about settling into the new term – or maybe even a new school or university – now is the time to start focusing on your study technique. Putting in a little effort now will make life easier come exam time. HINTS AND TIPS Take good lecture notes It may sound...

1st October 2018

How to… avoid interview mistakes

In her latest blog post for nijobfinder Generation Women founder, Sinead Sharkey shares her advice on things to avoid doing at an interview. Talk badly of a previous employer It is never acceptable to bad mouth a company or manager you’ve worked for previously. It doesn’t matter how awful they were. You need to find...

24th September 2018

How to… create an eye-catching cover letter

The main aim of a cover letter is to encourage recruiters to read your CV. While a CV sets out the skills and experience you have for the job, the covering letter more explicitly demonstrates your understanding of the employing organisation and the nature of the job being advertised. A covering letter gives you the...

19th September 2018

12 things you should never say or do at interview and what to do instead

Having worked in HR and management roles in the corporate world, I’ve been on the opposite side of the interview table on many occasions. Now I coach women to get them ready for the important event. It’s amazing how the most talented people can struggle with selling themselves at interview. In fact, many of the...

31st August 2018

How to… budget your student finances

Leaving school and going to university often means leaving home and living on your own for the first time. This is will no doubt mean you are now having to manage your own finances and living expenses, while it may be tempting to blow the student loan in the first term here are some hints...

3rd August 2018

How to… explore graduate work opportunities

If you’ve recently graduated and aren’t having much luck securing employment then don’t panic. There are plenty of career opportunities out there for students willing to display some initiative and imagination. Join a small business Thanks to the massive campus marketing efforts of the major graduate recruiters, it’s easy to forget smaller employers. They may...

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