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Generally most people want to leave their current employment on good terms – it is best practice and sound advice. So, if you've agreed to participate in an exit interview, you should plan ahead of the interview to ensure you exit on the best possible terms. Here are five tips to guide you through a successful departure.

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Target CV

The CV is your main entry point into a new job or career, it is what will get you to the interview stage, so taking the time to analyse the vacancy and compare the role with your key skills is paramount.

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Job Hunt with the Influence of Social Media

Social media job sites have completely revolutionised a ‘job search’ leaving job seekers who are not technologically minded at a great disadvantage, as consequently the impact of social media has completely changed the way in which people now find employment.

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Interview Preparation

An interview can be one of the most important events in a person’s life because the thirty minutes to an hour spent with the interviewer may determine your entire future. We know that for some candidates, interviews will be a really exciting opportunity but for many others it can be an extremely daunting and stressful experience. It may have been a long time since you have been interviewed so you simply have no idea what you are going to say and what the interviewer may ask you.

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CV Content

Curriculum Vitae literally translated means "direction of life" and it is your first opportunity to impress a potential employer. When a vacancy is advertised a candidate specification is created, identifying the skills and experience required for the role. During the selection process the CVs will be reviewed to see how closely they match the person specification, in an attempt to find the most suitable candidate possible.

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What an Employer Looks For In a CV

Think of your CV as a sales brochure your sole purpose at this point is to get to the interview table, everything else can follow. Although you may possess excellent qualifications and relevant experience it is the documentation which is crucial.

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How to Explain a Gap in Your CV

A lack of consistent employment without a reasonable explanation will look bad on your CV and your application could be instantly rejected. Send a covering letter with your CV and clarify why there is a gap in the history of your employment, as there could be a perfectly legitimate reason and you want to make this abundantly clear and leave no reason for doubt.

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Allocating Time to Find a Job

As life becomes more demanding and hectic it is evidently more difficult to find a new job. Increased activities create further responsibilities and even small minor tasks are time consuming, every minute is precious. You begin to feel tired and drained of energy, your thoughts and concentration are easily distracted and you feel as if you are turning into a scatter brain. How do you overcome it?

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The Jobseekers to Do List

Looking for employment is a full time job in itself and treat it like so because it is only through continuous application that you will eventually be successful. Plan your day when job searching, set goals for what you will accomplish each day, vary your job hunting, for example do not buy the same paper every week try different newspapers, consider different areas of employment and keep records of all your job applications.

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Typical Interview Questions

An interview is a nervous experience for anyone but bear in mind that research has proven that the most successful candidate for the job is not always the person whose experience, skills and intelligence is far above other candidates but it is the individual who possesses learning agility – a worker who can adjust rapidly, a ‘quick learner’ adapting to a new situation and working environment together with excellent communication skills.

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Preparing Your Answers

Many questions can be anticipated in advance and it is wise to have some well constructed answers that you can tailor more closely on the day. It is advisable to at least have a number of key phrases available to use.

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Positive Body Language

Well done for making it to the interview table – this proves that academically you are qualified to perform the job. The next hurdle, and it’s a big one, is how to impress in person. This, in a nutshell, boils down to portraying an image of positive body language.

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Recommended Questions to Ask

These questions are merely suggestions but it is important to limit any enquiries to your role and the company. Bear in mind that the interviewer’s main objective is to successfully fit you into their organisation.

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How to Close an Interview

If you really want the job, or if indeed you need to secure a second interview, the close of an interview can be crucial. Think of the role of the interviewer, they are a liaison officer who aids an organisation in finding qualified applicants and selecting the wrong person will ultimately reflect upon their poor judgement.

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How an Interviewee Can Cope With a Poor Interviewer

Regardless of the circumstances of the interview, and if the interviewer appears to be unorganised for whatever reason, a candidate should always bear in mind their own objective, remain polite at all times and display enthusiasm.

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Second Interview

It is very likely that you will be interviewed by another person, along with the first interviewer, and that you will be asked very similar questions to those in the initial interview. Repeat everything from the first interview that got you to the second.

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Panel Interview

The golden rule of a panel interview is to engage with the whole panel not just one specific member of the group. By definition a panel job interview is when an applicant is interviewed by a group (panel) of interviewers. In many instances a candidate will meet the panel separately; this is most common for a senior position. However, in other scenarios there will be a panel of interviewers and several candidates all in the one room.

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Tips for the Telephone Interview

Preliminary interviews by telephone are becoming increasingly popular. This is a very low cost method of approaching candidates at the initial stage of recruitment but extremely important. If you want to get to the next stage of the interview then you have got to approach this first step with full preparation and professionalism.

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Six Reasons Why You Did Not Get the Job

If you have made it to the interview table; you have the appropriate skills and experience and it is simply a matter of how you present and conduct yourself. However, as a recruitment agency we endeavour always to provide feedback to a candidate whenever they have been unsuccessful in gaining employment.

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What to Learn From Not Getting a Job

It can be a devastating blow when you have done well in an interview and then you receive the dreaded bad news … “I am sorry to tell you, unfortunately you have not been selected …” They are difficult words to accept and can often take some time to sink in. However, you have to bear in mind that everyone at some stage in their life has had to cope with rejection, what is important is that you do not become too discouraged because this will ultimately affect your performance at your next interview.

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Choosing a Career and Finding the Right Job

How often do we look at enterprising people like Richard Branson or Bill Gates and assume that they were immediately successful and wealthy? No doubt their achievements required great perseverance and effort, nevertheless career success is the entitlement of the average ordinary person and it is for this reason that you should spend the time and effort to study your own chosen career path.

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The chronological CV

The chronological CV is the most popular CV format, which details employment history and education background in reverse chronological order, with the most recent detailed first. This is the most effective style if you are staying within the same industry sector, as it highlights career progression, experience or ambition.

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When is it time to move on?

When you have worked at the same job for many years, some people develop ‘job burnout’. It’s a relatively easy condition to spot in other people but far more difficult to identify within yourself.

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Your Online Image

All the information that can be found about you on the internet is referred to as your 'online presence'. Increasingly this information comes from your profiles on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. It also includes photographs of you and anything that you have written or has been written about you. This may be on blogs, forum posts and wikis.

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