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A changing labour market

The labour market is constantly changing and how it is today is quite different from how it was in the past. If we look at the past, a few things …

Defining career

Have you thought about what career really means? A common definition of the word ‘career’ is: An occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life, with opportunities for …

Elevator pitch example

In this video, Heather gives you an example of an elevator pitch. Watch the video for some inspiration on how to create your own.

Attitude is everything

In this video, Heather talks about the importance of conveying the right attitude in your cover letter. Attitude is everything!

Building the four paragraphs

First paragraph In the first paragraph you want to introduce yourself and tell of shared values between you and the company. For example, if the company states that they value …

Everything in four paragraphs

Your cover letter should only consist of four paragraphs! This makes it easy to keep track of and also ensures that you keep things clear and focused. Think about how …

Cover letter visuals

Here is an example of a CV and a cover letter next to each other. Notice anything? They don’t match each other. The style of the documents is completely different. …

Keywords

Okay, so you’ve made some preparations, understood what the job is about and ensured that you want it. Now what? Collecting a list of keywords from the job ad is …

Preparation

Before you start writing your cover letter, you want to make sure to read the job ad thoroughly. You are also recommended to do the following: Find out who your …

Building your CV

Note that depending on where in the world you are, it might be more common to use the word ‘résumé’ to describe this document, but these tips apply for both. …

The magic formula

Most job seekers think that there is the magic formula for getting a job. Something that looks like this. People think that if you have an education and some work …

Appropriate timing

In this video, Heather talks about when to discuss salary and why you shouldn’t tell how much you are currently earning. Timing is crucial when it comes to discussing salary. …

Be specific

When you negotiate, give a specific number and not a range. Studies have shown that people who give a specific number often get much closer to their asking salary. Giving …

Communicate value

In order to help the company understand why you deserve a certain salary, you need to tell them about the value that you bring. The most important thing you can …

Do market research

In order to find out what is a reasonable salary, make sure to find out what the market is paying for someone with your education and your level of experience …