What not to include in a cover letter

The purpose of a covering letter is to give the reader an overview of who you are, what you are applying for and why you think you would be good at the job. Always try and send a covering letter with your CV unless it states specifically not to, as this is your chance to highlight something on your CV which may be missed if they scan read it. A covering letter should be short and to the point. Many potential employers have not got the time to read through lots of CV’s with pages and pages of covering letters. You do not need to mention hobbies, irrelevant qualifications or...

Constructing a winning covering letter

As anyone who has been hunting for a new job will know, the covering letter is increasingly important in attracting the attention of the right employers. Gone are the days when you would apply for a job in person or by telephone, and get the opportunity to talk through your suitability and fitness for the specification. Now, it is essential to be able to get that across clearly and concisely in your covering letter in order to ensure that your application beats the pile and you progress to interview. There are some fairly obvious tips to start with – firstly, ensure your grammar and spelling is correct and appropriate. Pay...

Be careful not to micro manage

As an am employer you will have the responsibility of your other members of staff. You need to have certain skills to be a manager or employer and you may find it hard to get the balance between being a boss and being friendly. An employer does not need to be shouting all the time and micro managing their staff in order to gain respect but they do need to maintain a level of professionalism and ensure that employees are happy and doing their job right. If you are generally a friendly person then you may find it hard to distance yourself slightly from your employees, you may easily become...

How to get a job in retail

If you are looking for work and would like to work in the retail industry then you may want to start applying now as towards the end of summer many retailers start to employ more people getting ready for the run-up to Christmas. Some retailers will only take in CV’s and application forms from people when they have a specific job opening but others will be happy to take a copy and keep it on file should anything come up. Have a good amount of copies of your CV printed out and pop along to your nearest shopping centre. Make a list of retailers that you would like to work...

First day nerves in a new job

Just like when starting school your first day in a new job can be very nerve-racking.  You may worry about whether you have taken on too much or whether you are going to get along with your work colleagues or it may be that you are worried that the job is not going to be challenging enough for you.  These are all common things that people think when starting a new job. One way to calm the nerves is to make sure that you are fully prepared for your new job.  Decide in advance what you are going to wear on the day and make sure that it is clean...