CV & job search where to start?!
dontdarepokethebear · 03/02/2023 18:36
I'm currently working as a TA. Fed up with the rubbish pay and the ever increasing, unreasonable demands it's time to move on as any positives no longer outweigh these.
I was fortunate enough to fall into this role because I was volunteering so much (my children attended the school).
Now I need to put together a CV and start job hunting but I don't know where to start. It's my first time job hunting in the UK. DH is British but not a lot of help as he works in a niche area and he's just transferred within his company so is also out of the loop.
Can anyone suggest websites for laying out a UK CV? I understand photos are not needed?
For job hunting, what websites/recruiters would you recommend? Is contacting companies directly the best course of action?
Before my life as a TA I previously worked in administration for big multinational companies.
Thanks for your help! X
Changingplace · 04/02/2023 09:42
I would set yourself up a LinkedIn profile, you’ll find jobs advertised on there and also recruitment agencies use it too to search for candidates.
I used a CV template in word, I think I just downloaded it initially. Photos aren’t needed, when you send your CV out save it as a pdf so the formatting is saved.
TiredArse · 04/02/2023 10:18
standout-cv.com And CV Library are good for templates and example CVs and cover letters. The free stuff is fine, you don’t need to pay for one.
For job search try indeed, cv library etc. Also recruitment agencies have plenty of admin jobs, perm jobs as well as temp.
Mumof1andacat · 04/02/2023 10:27
It's probably been about 15 yrs I used a cv to apply for a job. So many companies now used online application forms for jobs. A cv will give you a document to use to transfer over your job descriptions though
Lisaaas1 · 04/02/2023 20:17
I would recommend using Indeed and you can create an online CV with Indeed. You can then chose to make this CV public and companies can contact you directly if they like the look of your CV which I had a couple of times before making it private. Please DM if you need any help
OtherOtter · 05/02/2023 08:22
Don't do a fancy schmancy cv - it doesn't impress anyone. A Word doc is fine. Focus on skills, not tasks, no one cares that you did x, they care that x showed you have good team and communication skills etc.
If you have admin skills/experience. Sign up to a local recruitment agency - more that one if you can - you'll make a valuable connection very quickly. Update your word/excel skills by doing some online courses. Youtube is brilliant for this. The recruitment agencies will be likely to set you a test to ensure you have these skills... don't worry about temping - it's a great way to get your foot in the door with a company that you really like. Good luck.
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