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  • There are a number of essential skills that are key to most jobs today.

    It is important to make reference / include them in your covering letter, CV / application form and prepare possible answers for when you go for interview.  These are in no particular order:

    • Team work
    • Communicating with others
    • Problem solving
    • Analysing
    • Organising and planning
    • Flexibilty and adaptability
    • Drive and determination


    Most people will have had experience of using most of these skills in the work place or in some other areas of their lives.

    The reason why employers value these skills is because you would need them to carry out most tasks within an organisation.

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    Having been offered a job interview it is important to prepare thoroughly by using some of the research tools listed below.

    The first place to start is:

    To re-read your notes, advertisement, job description and person specification. 


    • Visit company website and also look at the News and Events page
    • Visit social media sites (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter etc.)
    • Visit competitor websites
    • Undertake financial research (use your local library)
    • Read any marketing material
    • Do a google search of the organisation (this will give you other key information)


    It is important to consider other research tools other than just the organisation's website.

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    Stirling Careers Consultancy believes that when you want to leave your job you should  hand in your resignation in the form of a letter.

    Before you do so:

    • Make sure that you have received and accepted your new job offer letter and contract including salary details.
    • Make sure you read the contract carefully.
    • Make sure you read the small print before accepting.
    • If it includes restrictive covenants make sure that you fully understand them before signing. If in doubt, take legal advice.

    When resigning:

    • Have an informal chat with your line manager.
    • Hand in a formal letter stating that you are prepared to work out your notice.
    • Work out your notice, if required, although some organisations may ask you to go on gardening leave.
    • Talk to your new employers and organise a start date.
    • If appropriate/possible prepare handover notes.
    • Make sure that you hand over your work to somebody such as your line manager / senior member of staff.
    • Leave on a positive note.
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    Stirling Careers Consultancy details below some top tips on helping you keep your job in a competitive market place. Whether you like your new job or see it as a means to an end it is important to stay fully focussed.

    Stirling Careers Consultancy believes that having secured your new job it is important to have strategies in place to make sure you keep it.   One of the most important things is to understand what your objectives are and pass your probationary period.

    • Do your job to the best of your ability
    • Keep your boss informed of your activities
    • Volunteer for new projects
    • Keep on maintaining and updating current skills and qualifications
    • Continue networking within and outside the organisation
    • Keep an open mind
    • Become indispensable
    • Have a back up plan in case your employer is in trouble
    • Look at ways to develop your own brand
    • Develop a positive approach and "can do" attitude


    Final thoughts on keeping your job

    • Be on time and be flexible
    • Be a team player
    • Work hard
    • Avoid criticising your boss

    Remember the key is to understand/agree what your objectives are and pass your probationary period.

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