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May Career Advice Round-Up

Written by: Charlotte Rogers
Published on: 31 May 2023

May job seeking advice roundup

Have you started looking for a new job this month, or are you on a longer job seeking journey? Whatever your situation, we have the career advice that can help you find your next role. Whether you’re wanting to find out more about career breaks or maximising your CV, we can help you on the way. This month, we’ve shared 6 new articles on a whole range of subjects. We’re here to help you find the next step in your engineering career. 

Maximise your early career CV

Writing your first CV can be daunting, there’s a lot of work to do and you have to start somewhere! The beginning of your career can be both an exciting and exhausting experience. There are so many great things you’re going to do and it all starts with a CV. Understanding what you can include in your CV and what you should steer clear of can really help you feel more comfortable and confident when sending your CV to employers. This article discusses what to include as well as how to structure it. Make sure the CV you’re sending is the best it can possibly be. 

Working compressed hours

Have you heard of the 4-day workweek or even compressed hours? It may just be something that’s offered to employees in time, but how do you feel about it? Like everything else, there are advantages and disadvantages to this potentially ‘new’ way of working. More and more candidates are looking for roles that are able to offer them a more flexile approach to working and this might just be the solution for some. This article discusses what a 4-day workweek could mean, how it could impact you and your role and how to potentially ask your employer about this initiative. Click the link above to read more. 

How to prepare for a performance review

Performance reviews at work can feel overwhelming to begin with but they are a vital part of being able to share your achievements and any possible queries with your line manager. It’s a time where they are able to give you feedback and be able to set out plans for the upcoming year. Performance reviews can have a negative connotation to them but the whole point is to help you reach your goals at work. Click the link above to read more and find out how you can make the most of your performance reviews now and in the future. 

How to answer the ‘Have you ever worked with colleagues you didn’t get along with?’ Interview question

Interview questions can often put you on the spot, especially if you haven’t considered what you may say beforehand. It’s important to know exactly what the interviewer is asking you. In this case, they are looking to find out how you get along with people and build relationships in a good team dynamic. Being able to give the interviewer the answer they want can allow them to figure out if you’d be a good candidate for the role as well as the team. This article discusses how you can answer this question and steer clear of any negativity throughout. 

Working on your online application form

Online applications can sometimes be a long process and when looking at one for the first time, it can be hard to know where to start. During this article, we break down online application forms, discuss how you can answer questions and ensure you share only your best work. They can take time, but if you’re able to take it one step at a time, you can share the best possible version with the employer. Hopefully, resulting in the next stage in the application process. 

Why do I have a 3-month notice period?

Are you sat there wondering why your notice period is so long? We’ve taken the time to discuss why your notice period may be a different length to others, why you should work it and what you can spend this time doing. There’s a lot of information thrown at you during a notice period and this article can help you navigate your way through this time!