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Writing your CV

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It’s obviously important to have a good CV. This is what your employer will be looking at before they meet you and you can win them over with your dazzling personality. In this CV you really have to sell yourself and don’t have a lot of words to do it in. I really struggle with writing about myself and I know a lot of other people do too.

When writing my own CV I used a guide I found on the University of Kent’s website (which can be found here) and found it extremely useful, I would highly recommend it for any one struggling to write their own. They have a very easy to follow guide to help you know exactly what to (and what not to) put in your CV, breaking the process down into easy to follow points.

I actually visited the university of Kent when writing my dissertation as well so they have definitely helped me a lot in life, despite never attending their university.  All the staff I dealt with were extremely friendly and useful, they have definitely earned my respect and gratitude.

‘Till next time!

Claire


How to Decide on that Dream Job

 

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I think before you really start looking for a job it’s important to think about what you want out of it.

Do you want it to be a long term thing or just a job as a means of income until you can get the job you really want? Do you care about what your job involves or are you more family oriented and just want to be able to pay the bills?

Knowing what you want out of a job will inevitably help you find the ideal job for you.

If you really care about your career and feel like you have to find a job you truly enjoy then here are a few things to keep in mind in that job search:

 

1) How many hours would you like to work? Are you looking for a full time job or would you prefer to have a bit more time to yourself? Do you mind working nights or would you prefer the 9-5? Do you want a set routine or are you ok with shift work?

I originally started working at the pub because I didn’t really mind when I worked, I just knew I wanted part time to give me lots of time for acting and the such. I also quite liked how I would get a lot of days off in the week as this would mean more time for auditions. However, now i’m concentrating more on sewing and Ash is at University during the day i’m finding i’d much prefer a regular day job. I’d like normal(ish) hours and no more closes at 2am so I can get myself in a routine and have more time to spend with Ash.

 

2) Do you want to progress in your career? Do you want the opportunity of promotions in the company or are you thinking of moving on soon after? 

If you just want the job for money until you can go for the job you really want then I wouldn’t be too fussy about where you apply or about any promotion opportunities. However, the willingness to learn and to advance in your career is always going to impress the interviewer whether or not you really are looking to stay permanently. Plus any progression you do make will look great on your CV!

 

3) What is it you enjoy? What kind of job do you really want to do?

I think it’s important to enjoy your job, I know people who don’t and they are miserable. You will have to be going to this job every day/week so you have to at least find something your enjoy about it, even if it is just a temporary or part time thing. Think about something you really enjoy, maybe some kind of hobby you do in your spare time. I love to dance, Act and sew. As much as I love dancing I know I wouldn’t want to do it professionally, however I can really see myself taking up sewing or acting as career. The only problem is that both of these are difficult to get going so I know that I need a full time job until I get my feet off the ground. When looking for something I knew that I loved interactions with customers as opposed to an office job and thought bar work would be perfect! I was right and I do love my job, it’s just that other circumstances have changed but maybe I can look into jobs in a box office at a theatre. Then I would be linking my acting and love of customer interaction whilst (hopefully) avoiding such late closings.

 

It really is important to think about exactly what your looking for before you start applying. Otherwise you might just find yourself in the same position a couple of weeks down the line.

‘Till next time!


5 Helpful Job Search Websites

If, like me, you’re think of looking for a new job in the UK, then here a few useful websites to help you with the search.

Just Jobs 4 Students

If you’re a student in the UK you may need a part time job to help you afford food (and all those nights out). This website specialises in jobs for students, obviously including loads of bar work, front of house and other part time shift work. It is also good for finding jobs to fill your gap year or christmas/summer breaks.

Graduate Jobs

This is the perfect site for recent graduates like me who are struggling to find a job. It can help you find a job that suits your degree and takes your grades into account in the search.

Indeed

This site was actually recommended to me by the people at the job centre. It pulls jobs from all around the internet (including the government job seekers website) and put them all in one place for you to browse. Very useful to get the widest job search possible.

Apprenticeships

For those of you who think an apprenticeship is more suitable, this is the site for you. Lots of great opportunities for the person who didn’t like the idea of university but still wants to learn.

Adecco

This is great for is you’re not looking for the standard 9 – 5 as this site focusses on agency work. They find the work for you and you just have to turn up. It’s usually good pay as long as you get the hours.

Good luck in your job searches!

‘Till next time


Another Job Search Begins

I’ve decided that once this craft fair is done I will be looking for a new job.

I need more regular hours, I need better pay and I need to feel like my needs are taken into account.

Thats not to say I don’t like my job and the people there and they don’t look after us (most of the time), but I have been thinking of leaving for a while and last night I felt like I really didn’t want to be there.

In all honesty the main reasons I’m leaving are because of money (especially now we’re hiring more staff and my shifts are going back down to 20hrs from working 40+ hrs) and because I’m finding the constant change in my sleep pattern is taking it’s toll.

I would like spare money to put aside so that I can afford holidays and other nice things, I would like to have a routine to my day so I feel I can be more productive. This job allows neither of these things and so I know I need to look for fresh new pastures.

The thing that has tipped me over the edge though from it being a ‘I should, but I like it here’ to a ‘Yep, I need to leave now’ is the fact that it’s so hard to book any time off. I know it’s probably because we’re so understaffed for the moment so not really my bosses fault, but I never seem to be able to book any time off. Sure I had my trip to China, but i’d told them about that in my interview and so they knew about that before I even started and knew there’d be no way for me to work. I’ve only tried booking time off twice since and both times the rota has been changed a couple of days before making it hard to find cover or even cancel the thing I was booked off for (or at least cancel with a chance of getting my money back).

This time I’d booked off this sunday for the Frost Fair in North Finchley I will be attending. I’ve put down money on a table and with 2 days notice there would be no chance of me getting money back and would have created a pretty bad name for myself with my first big craft fair.

I spent my whole shift last night trying to figure out a way to get it covered and asked everyone I could, but they all had good reasons as to why they couldn’t cover. Eventually one of the new staff agreed to swap. She’s now doing my day shift and I’m doing her close down (pretty good swap for her! Everyone hates closing down).

However this does mean I’ll be working a finish on Saturday (so wont be home until about 2 or 3am), getting up at 8 for the frost fair and then doing another finish that night. I might not be functioning at my best but I will just man up and deal with it.

I think i’m just getting tired of this job in all honesty. I love the people, I love the sociable aspect, but i’m just tired. Constantly tired.

I would like to find a new job in something creative, maybe in a small shop, or in a theatre. Sure they might not pay much better, but at least the hours might be a bit better suited (i.e. no 3am finishes as well as 8am starts). Plus I think i’d have more time to put into this Penguin Theory, or at least I’d spend less time procrastinating through tiredness (as of now it is nearly 1pm and I’ve done nothing on my list of things to do for sunday).

So if anyone out there is looking for an assistant, a receptionist, a saleswoman, even a coffee maker in London/North London. Please don’t hesitate to contact me. All I ask is that there will be no early morning finishes! (at least not on a regular basis)

‘Till next time!