This is the time of the year when school leavers decide on their next stage in life. Some will go onto college, some will travel the world, while others will look for employment. As part of the process of leaving, Year 11 students are given advice and guidance on having a great CV to hand into businesses. Having looked at hundreds on CV’s in the past, and then deciding on who to ring up, my advice is to keep it simple. Include the correct contact details such as your current mobile number, make sure your date of birth is shown, then we can work out how old you are and new working rules means the company has to check you have a right to work in the UK. It should be typed and presented correctly, handwritten CV’s are a complete non starter. Keep it to one or two A4 pages, you can expand into further details during the interview conversation. Don’t lie, you will be found out and easily dismissed because of this. Most importantly, be prepared to answer an unknown number. If you don’t, the recruitment manager might just move onto the next person. First impressions are very important if you make it to the interview stage. Time keeping is a must, arrive 10/15 minutes early. Be confident and think of it as having a conversation with somebody on the bus. The person sat on the other side of the desk once had their first interview, so they know how you feel. Dressing smart and looking neat and tidy is a must. I’ve mentioned this before, but it is one of my favourite stories, I once waited for over an hour for someone to show up for a interview, I found out afterwards that they went to the wrong store in a completely different town!

LRB Trophies Will be attending the SELBY JOBS FAIR offering FREE CV help and guidance.

For the 3rd year in a row, Business Partner, Steve Butler will be giving up his time to help Job seekers. Using his previous management and recruitment experiance, he will offer tips and guidance on CV’s. He will take in current CV’s and give his honest opinion to see if it can be improved or changed. Some basic errors are made such as not putting on a contact number or having it run over to 4 or 5 pages.

Full details can be found via: http://www.selbyandainsty.com/jobs-fair

Taken from the Jobs fair website: Press coverage can be found in The Press here and also here Coverage on Minster FM here and here . Following last years event, Mr Adams said: “It was fantastic, the best Jobs Fair we’ve had yet” – “The first person came in at 9.15am, and the first person to tell us they had an interview lined up was at 9.25am. We also had a lady who secured a job on Thursday and started on Friday.” Mr Adams said there was a correlation between the lower attendance at this year’s jobs fair and the reduction in unemployment since last year, but said he would continue to hold the events until they were no longer needed. He said: “The previous events have been a real success, but there was great feedback from jobseekers and employers who were impressed with the quality of candidates.” Unemployment in Selby and Ainsty is down by over 45% since the last election and successes at this years Jobs Fair have contributed to the jobless total falling especially youth unemployment which is down by over a third since 2010. Companies at Nigel’s 2013 Jobs Fair included Marks & Spencer, John Lewis Partnership, Heineken, Caddick Construction, Drax Power, Lindum Construction, Shepherd Construction plus many others.