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Online resources: All you need to know to apply for a job

Useful links that provide step-by-step guidance

Here are some specialised links to websites that can really help you.

I. General or specific guidelines?

Before starting to write to your target employers, it’s important to read some general tips:

If you are returning to work after a period of unemployment, a women returner or if you have a specific disability you may find useful information here:

Regardless of your situation, remember to look at national, regional and local job adverts you could apply for in order to improve your chances of getting a job. Also, look at specialised recruitment sites in the public, private or charity sector.

II. Information is power!

Before starting to apply, collect information about vacancies linked to the job you have selected.  At this stage, you are just learning more about companies offering this work and their terms and conditions. Every company has its website, and it’s a good idea to visit it before applying.  A job searcher is like a reporter;  for each vacancy you need to find out:  who, what, when, where, why, and how!

III. Organise your research

There are several ways to organize your research and follow up vacancies; you can add them as your favourites in a browser, or just create a folder for each vacancy on your  PC where you can also file the job advert, your CV and cover letter for each application sent.  This will enable you to manage and keep track of your job hunt.   We suggest creating a spreadsheet to organise your job search.

IV. Your CV = marketing tool

Your CV (curriculum vitae or resume) is your passport for a job interview! Even if there are many more ways to present your skills and experience nowadays (and we will see this in the next section) a CV is still essential! If you’ve done a skills assessment in the past, it is time to pull it out now and have a look at it. It will form the basis of your CV. Here are some tips:

It is important to use word processing software to write your CV (e.g. MS Word), but you can also use some specialized websites that offer a “CV builder” to write and save your CV online.

Remember: your CV must be relevant to a specific vacancy, even if most of the information it contains holds true for all job adverts.  You should change it a little to focus on a particular professional experience, key skills, or specific training.  This will depend on the type of company and essential criteria in the person specification.

Once your CV is written, double-check.  Moreover, don’t forget  there are resources and specialised professionals who could provide further advice.  Always make sure that someone else proof-reads your CV.

V. Your cover letter = your first advert

Your covering letter also forms part of your marketing strategy to potential employers. You will find some covering letter templates and helfpful tips in these links:

Take some time to do it well! Have someone proof-read it for you.

Now let’s have a closer look at the vacancies you selected at step 2:

  • Why are you applying for this job?
  • What do you like about the company?
  • How do your skills and experience add value to the company?
  • After reading your CV the employer may want to know more about how you could work together, your cover letter can provide this kind of information.

This Facilitator’s handbook will provide you with the information and guidance you need to act as a tutor/facilitator for the online employability toolkit “Key Competencies for All.” The toolkit supports the enhancement of basic key competencies in adults who wish to improve their employability through an alternative learning approach (ICT-based, user-centred, interest- oriented).


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