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          The LSI Job Club

          Every Friday we hold a job club which is designed to help you and give you the tools you need to find a job in the UK.
          As well as providing you with general information to help you find work, our job club gives you the opportunity to ask for personalised help with your CV, practise interview techniques or ask any questions. All for free! There will be a teacher there to help you – you just have to sign your name on the Job Board to participate. To see our Job Club poster, click here.

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          "After 4 months studying at LSI, Marco from Italy wanted to stay in Portsmouth. He managed to find a job working at Portsmouth’s most iconic tourist attraction, Spinnaker Tower, where he could be found taking visitors’ pictures and helping in the shop."


          "Arantxa from Spain studied at LSI for 5 weeks, at the end of which she found a job working as an au-pair. She loves it and says she learns a lot of different new words with the children!"

          • Local employers

            Here is a list of local bars, hotels and organisations that have employed students in the past. Check out their ‘jobs’ pages on their websites or simply go and speak to them with your CV – you never know!

            G Boutique Hotel
            Spinnaker Tower
            The Jolly Sailor
            The Ibis Hotel
            The Holiday Inn
            Tiger Tiger

          • Recruitment companies and Job Centre

            Have a look at the job vacancies on the recruitment agencies’ websites, or phone and arrange a good time to go and register with them.

            Wild Recruitment Limited
            FPR Group
            Personnel Selection
            V3 Recruitment
            Office Angels

            Job Centres are government agencies that list jobs available and that will help you find work. They can also arrange your National Insurance number (see legal information) - //www.gov.uk/jobsearch

          • Au pair agencies
          • Online job sites

            These are generally national, so narrow the search to jobs in your local area. Alternatively, post your CV on the site so that employers can also find you.

            Jobs Today
            Job is Job
            Fish 4
            CV Library
            Portsmouth University
            Total Jobs
            Job Site

          • CVs – models and hints to help

            • CV

              Give employers a reason to meet you - remember they may have to read through 100s of CVs – make sure yours stands out;

              - What makes you unique? Put it near the beginning.
              - Don’t make it too long.
              - Make sure your extra-curricular activities demonstrate accomplishment, initiative, potential, communication skills and the ability to work with others.
              - Focus on value, not tasks: not "head waitress at local restaurant" but "increased nightly takings and customer satisfaction 20% by implementing new training programme as head waitress".
              - Make it relevant to the job: customize it to each different application.
              - You do NOT have to include your date of birth, place of birth and marital status
              - Format: there are many different opinions on what is or isn’t best. Look at models and templates and choose the best one for your experience and the job.

            • Covering Letters

              You are more likely to get a reply when you include a covering letter with your CV.

              - Your cover letter should be specific to the position you are applying for, relating your skills and experience to those noted in the job posting.
              - If sending an e-mail, put your covering letter as the body of your email. It's wise to format it as plain text as then it can be read by any email reader.
              - Try and find the name of the person you’re sending the application to – not just the title
              - Make it clear when you're available to start work: be as flexible as possible. Remember to read, spell-check and then double check everything before sending them out – you never get a second chance to make that first impression.

          • Interviews – how to make the best impression

            Take time to prepare before the interview:

            - Find out all you can about the company.
            - Read the job description CAREFULLY - It will help you aim your answers toward things they are actually looking for.
            - Prepare your own questions about the company and the job.

            Know your CV very well - review the order of your jobs, the tasks at each job, and the reason(s) you left. Also look through your CV to remind yourself of some stories where you found a problem and solved it, showed a good example of teamwork etc. Situation - the context Task - what you had to do Action - what and how you did it Result - the outcome and what difference it made.

            - Make sure you know where you’re going! Check – and double check – the address, so you are not late.
            - Take a clean copy of your CV to the interview.

            • Practise your answers to key interview questions:

              - "Tell me about yourself"
              - “What are your biggest strengths / weaknesses?”
              - “Give an example of teamwork you have shown”
              - “Why do you think you are suitable for this job?”
              - “What do you know about us?”

            • During the Interview

              - Maintain eye contact – to build rapport.
              - Using body language to create a strong first impression
              - Answer the question: you are of course keen to tell them about all your strong points but make sure it’s relevant to the question.
              - Increasing personal impact by using your voice more effectively: convey a clear and confident style; use pauses to control pace and deliver clear well-structured responses …and don’ts!
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              - Don’t arrive late – or too early.
              - Address the interviewer by his/her first name – unless they specifically tell you to do so.
              - Fiddle with your keys, hair, tie, watch, pen or any other item.
              - Keep your hands in your pockets or fold your arms across your chest.
              - Eat, drink or chew gum - even if the interviewer does so.
              - Criticize your previous or current employer.
              - Use phrases such as 'I don't know', 'I don't think so', 'Why do you want to know that', or similar statements.
              - Contradict yourself in your answers.
              - Answer a question if you don't understand it fully. (Ask for further clarification)
              - Indicate that you are desperate to get a job.

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