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Explore the guides and ideas below and have a go at building your CV, practicing interview skills, writing a cover letter and much more... 

When trying out any of the activities below, make sure you've got your Explore Portfolio in front of you - the information you've stored in it should help you a lot! Don't forget to ask your mentor for help too. 

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Create or improve your CV - a one or two page summary of your personal details, education history, work experience and skills.

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When recruiting, employers will often ask applicants (that's you!) to write a cover letter, describing why you're interested in the job and why you think you'd do it well. Here are some ideas and guidance to help you write yours. 

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Application forms will often have a section that asks you to describe in detail why you would be a good person to take on the job. Here are some ideas to get you started.

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If the employer likes your application, they will probably invite you for an interview. This might be in person, on the phone, or via a video call. This is their opportunity to meet you and find out if you're a good fit for the job. Check out these resources for some top tips on how to calm the nerves and impress the employer.

Before you start, take a look at this video of top tips from Heather at Saddles and Paddles. Heather has employed many young people and has a couple of simple suggestions for how to improve your chances of getting the job.


Here are some more tips from Catherine at Hospiscare.

Hospiscare Top Tips

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