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UK Graduate Jobsearch - The Missing Ingredient



London, August 16, 2006. Careers advisorís E-Book teaches graduates how to maximize their chances of getting that first job.

With mounting student debt and an average of 28 applicants per job, how can you give yourself the edge in the employment market?

Many UK employers Ė especially firms which are committed to equal opportunities Ė refuse to accept CVs. All applicants must complete a form, writing an extensive supporting statement, a prospect which fills most people with dread. But itís not as difficult as it seems. There is a simple formula which will enable applicants to do this effectively. Here it is: candidates must address all the skills on the person specification and give examples.

Despite the prevalence of application forms, there are still opportunities for sending out a CV. One of the biggest mistakes many people make is sending the same CV to every employer. It isnít necessary to rewrite your CV every time, but you must target the job for which you are applying. Employers donít want to know that you are a good team player, with excellent communication skills. They assume you are if you are applying Ė what they want is proof that you have these skills.

To get a job you must get past the first hurdle. You must be selected for interview. Employers are inundated with CVs and application forms. You have 20 seconds to make an impression. This may seem overwhelming, but remember, you need to know only two things:

How to target your CV.
How to write the supporting statement on an application form.

Both these skills can be mastered in an afternoon. The E-Book ď9 Steps to CV SuccessĒ gives precise instructions. CV templates, advice on transferable skills and a critique of your CV are also provided.



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