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DWP’s Steve McCall offers tips on how to get work-ready, whether it’s to support the national effort or prepare for...
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Whether you’re looking for a new job, to change your career or making the most of opportunities during furlough, you...
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If you’ve been put on temporary leave (‘furlough’) due to coronavirus, you might be wondering what that means for you....
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Firing off the same old CV time after time is a sure fire way to rule yourself out of the...
This page lists some of the national recruitment exercises that DWP are aware of. There are currently vacancies in a...
How to avoid CV mistakes
Getting your CV right is easily the most important part of the job application. But you’re not going to get...
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When you write your CV, it can sometimes be difficult to populate that down-near-the-bottom section marked ‘skills’: surely that’s all...
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A work coach from Jobcentre Plus shares their favourite tips for that all important interview: So, you’ve wooed the employer...
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How do you demonstrate to an employer that your skills, education and experience are relevant to the job in hand?...
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There are many different types of job application forms but often employers will use a ‘competency based’ form to help...
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If you are disabled or have a physical or mental health condition, you may want some extra support in finding...
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Joanne Pickering, a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD (Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development) has experience of recruitment in a...
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So your CV worked and you are through to the interview stage. A work coach from Jobcentre Plus has some...
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Organisations are more frequently asking candidates to make a presentation as part of the interview in the hiring process. The...
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So, you’ve sweated through the interview, successfully dealt with those tricky questions, avoided common pitfalls like badmouthing your former employers,...
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Sometimes, you’re just going to get a difficult interview question. Often, it’s because an interviewer wants to catch you out. A...
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As a jobseeker, one of your big challenges is making sure that you have the basic skills necessary to build...
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A work coach from Jobcentre Plus gives their top interview tips. A job interview can be a daunting experience whether...
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Volunteering is a rewarding way of helping others, working on worthwhile projects and meeting new people. It’s also a great...
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If you are considering a change in career or want to understand your finances, the mid-life MOT is available as...
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Been off work for a while or furloughed? It’s a good chance to take stock and improve your skill-set to...
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Working into your 50s and early 60s and, if you wish, after State Pension age can help support your financial,...
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Thinking about returning to work after taking time off work to be with your family? Returning to work can be...
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Deciding on how much career history to include on your CV can be challenging. On one hand, you’re keen to...
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When applying for a job, each job application needs a CV and cover letter. A work coach from Jobcentre Plus...
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If you had already been looking for a job for a while before the coronavirus outbreak, you may be finding...
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Finding yourself centre stage at an interview, for the first time in many years, can be one of the most...
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Mark Esho, a small business owner from Leicester, has a workforce spread around the country so is well placed to...
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With video and phone interviews becoming the norm during the coronavirus emergency, it’s important to be prepared. Take a look...
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There are many reasons why someone may take a break from working. Whatever the reason, knowing how to address these...