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Seven ways to find a new job

Hi Everyone

With doom and gloom still prevailing over the economy, it is easy to become disheartened at getting back into work.  The number of jobs are more limited but they are still out there.

Try websites like:

  • Look in your local job centre
  • Look in shop windows
  • Ask family and friends
  • Sign up to agencies
  • Look in newspapers
  • Contact your potential employer direct

Good luck and stay positive.

Sandra Bellamy

employment, job search, Redundancy, unemployed, unemployment

Remain Active during Redundancy

Hi Everyone.

Whilst you are redundant it is important to keep yourself active by:

  • Seeking work:  Surf the web, go to the job centre, look in shop windows, buy the paper, talk to your contacts, just keep looking and never give up.
  • Applying for jobs:  It may sound stupid but if you keep telling yourself there is no work out there, you will begin to believe it.  Tailor your C.V.and Cover letter to the job for which you are applying.  Highlight your skills in relation to that specific role.  Do your research.  Sell yourself.
  • Doing voluntary work:  Is a great way of learning new skills, boosting your self confidence and self esteem and is a fantastic addition to your C.V.
  • Hobbies and interests:  Make sure you pursue these.  It is important not to stagnate and become depressed.  To stay motivated you must relax and enjoy life.
Remember – Stay positive.
Sandra Bellamy
C.V., interviews, job search, redundancies, Redundancy

Have you got S.E.X. appeal?

Hi Everyone

If you want interview advice, you have come to the right place.

Follow these interview essentials to pave your way to success.

S = Smiley:
Smile, be warm and approachable.

E = Experience and Enthusiasm:
Ensure you match the job specification to your experience and speak with enthusiasm. Make the interviewer believe you have all the skills and experience they are looking for, make them believe you are the one they should employ.

X = X Factor:
Stand out from the crowd. Be the best at everything. Write the best C.V. and cover letter. Dress the best way for the job and act like you are their best candidate.

Stay Positive.

Sandra Bellamy.

employment, interviews, job search, Redundancy, unemployment

Are you doing your dirty bit?

Hi Everyone.

One of the most important first impressions when you attend a job interview, is personal hygiene.

If you look like you don’t care for yourself, not only is it off-putting for the interviewer, it indicates:

  1. You don’t care about the job.
  2. You don’t care about working with other people.
  3. You are not going to take pride in your job or make an effort.

It is important you clean up your act by doing the following before your interview:

  1. Shower or have a bath.
  2. Wear clean clothes, underwear and socks.
  3. Play safe.  Wear a formal shirt or blouse and a formal skirt or trousers.
  4. All clothes need to be neatly ironed and stain free.
  5. Keep colours as neutral as possible, black and white or navy and white are good options.
  6. Use deodorant.
  7. Polish shoes and ensure any laces are tied.
  8. If you suffer with bad dandruff, brush it away beforehand.
  9. Clean your teeth and freshen your breath.
  10. Clean your hair and groom it well.

Good luck.

Stay positive.

Sandra Bellamy

employment, interviews, job search, Redundancy, unemployment

Be positive, get help, get a job!

Hello Everyone.

In these tough economic times, it is extremely difficult to get work.

Thinking negatively is no good to anyone and quite frankly won’t get you anywhere fast.

Although it is a harsh thing to say and I am sorry if I have offended anyone, but no one wants to employ someone who looks and sounds depressed.  If that’s the state you are in right now, your interviewer will be thinking, what would you be like with the pressures of the job and how will customers or clients relate to you.  You can and must ensure you get help.  You have choices, you can:

  • Talk things over with family and friends.
  • Get help immediately, the sooner you get help, the sooner you will be able to get back into work.  Talk to your doctor about referring you to a counsellor and stress how your life is being affected.
  • If you can afford to pay for private counselling, then do it.  Some small local organisations require just a small donation of what you can afford, so research on the internet or ask your doctor.
  • If you are desperate, you are not alone, looking after yourself should always be your number one priority, phone the samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 (UK).  Or visit their website  –  do not wait, if your need is immediate, take immediate action.

How you come across in an interview will determine if you stand a chance of getting that job, in preference to other people.

If your depression is controllable and you have managed to work in the past, then you may be able to act like you are a positive person in the interview and by acting like it, you will be teaching yourself how to become it.

How to be positive:

  1. Smiling, says you are approachable and friendly.
  2. Talk about your strengths in terms of what you can do to increase company profits, increase productivity and increase efficiency.  (A company is only interested in what you can do for it.)
  3. Prepare your weaknesses in advance and have a positive slant prepared for each one.  Test these out on your family and friends.
  4. Highlight your skills and experience in specific relation to that particular job.  Employers only want to know about skills which will benefit them and their company.
  5. Believe you can do the job and don’t forget to tell them so.  This was a mistake made by a lot of my interviewees, they did not say, I am confident I have the skills you require, (backed up with examples.)  I can do this job.
  6. Have an answer prepared for why you want the job, based on research about that particular company.  Highlight what the benefits would be for you, if you were to work for them.  In other words, tell them what you think is good about their company.
  7. When talking, use a positive tone of voice, a slightly high tone is better than a dull tone.
  8. Use positive language and positive comments.  Such as, you have a beautiful range of products.  I understand your company is performing fantastically.  I would love to work for you.
  9. If they ask where you see yourself in the future, ensure you answer it as though you will be with their company for years.  For example, in a few years time I would like to be a supervisor for you or a top sales person.
  10. End the interview, with, I look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you for your time.  I believe it would be a wonderful opportunity to work for you and your company.
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Stay positive.
Sandra Bellamy
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