3 November, 2010

Would Like to Work

A new kiwi television series called ‘ Would Like to Work’ started last Wednesday at 7.30pm on TV One. In the words of TVNZ  “our expert presenters work with long-and short-term unemployed New Zealanders to teach them how to stand out from the job-hunting crowd and prove themselves the perfect candidate.”

Essentially they set up a job interview for a new person each week and help them go about getting said job. I’ll let you decide for yourselves if you think it’s worth a look but either way for those who are struggling to find work it might be worth tuning in for a bit of inspiration.

I tuned in because it was a kiwi programme and I was interested to see what aspects of job preparation they focused on. The candidate last week was going for a job at Carters. Prior to this television programme he had applied for several jobs and hadn’t received a single interview. This is most likely because of the quality of his CV and cover letter. If you are applying for a job please come and see us at Vic Careers during our drop in hours to get your job application checked over.

It’s so important that your CV and cover letter stand out and get you noticed, in the right ways! We have sample CVs and Cover Letters on CareerHub so make sure you are signed up and have looked at those. We also have articles on how to write a good CV and cover letter on our website and here in the office.

They also did a mock interview with the candidate and pulled him up on some basics – clothing, body language, and confidence. Interviews can be scary and your interviewers will understand if you are a bit shaky but remind yourself that they picked you for a reason so shake off those nerves, relax your body and smile! If you’re a female and you don’t have enough money to buy a smart interview outfit there is a not for profit organisation called Dress For Success who can help you with that. You need a referral so we can help set up an appointment for you.

I liked that the show told the candidate to do some company research prior to the interview. This is so important. He actually went into the store and had a chat with some of the other staff members working there. If you can do that then it’s definitely worth your time. Also remember to check out their website, Facebook page, anything you can get your hands on. Not only will this help in your interview but it will allow you to find out more about the company and if you would enjoy working for them.

At the end of the show the candidate did get the job. He was up against 9 other people. I like to think he got the job on his own merit rather than being on a television show but  either way he definitely had improved based on the help he received.

For those of you who are struggling to get an interview or turn the interview into a job offer, please come and see one of our career consultants and look at our website for some great resources: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/careers/

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