The perfect CV

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Before I start this blog, I want to let you into a secret, there isn’t a perfect way to write a CV in fact different companies like different things from a CV. However there are certain elements in a CV, which could catch the attention of an employer, and help you to get that interview you want.

Layout and structure

Layout will be different on every persons CV, it is important to remember when writing a CV that your layout is very clear and concise. As it only takes employers a short amount of time to look at your CV and decide if you are the one for the job.

Contents

Personal information

  • Personal statement- A short introduction about yourself and why you feel you would be good for the job.
  • Name
  • Home address
  • Email address- Make sure that your email is professional.
  • Phone number

When adding contact details it is important to include a range, and that they are up to date so that employers can easily get hold of you.

Work history

This part of your CV is incredibly important, it is vital that you put your work history in date order, so starting from the last job that you were in or presently in. On each history you need to add the date you started and left, what your job title was and if it is relevant a sentence about what you did in the company.

Skills

This part is based primarily on the job that you applying for you need to think about the skills the job wants, so look over the job advert, and then think about what skills you have that maybe useful to this. You can even add a sentence to back up

Education

Your education and qualifications may not be directly related to the job you’re applying for, but they’re still important achievements that any employer will want to see. Like your work

Hobbies

It is also important to include interesting hobbies in your CV this will make you seem like an eventful person. However make sure that your hobbies are interesting as it shows that you are a well-rounded person. They don’t necessary need to be relevant to the job you are applying for but this helps if they do. Do not put socialising, going to the cinema as although this may be true they won’t be able to add value you to your application.

Remember

Make sure that your CV is not too long as employers only have a certain amount of time dedicated to looking through CV’s and finding the right candidate.

There’s no room for bad spelling mistakes and punctuation in either your cover letter on your CV. Keep sentences short to avoid confused punctuation and, if you can give it to a friend to check it over. Check the spelling before you send your CV off.

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ICT Systems and Principles apprenticeship

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Systems Support/Systems and Principles are the Technical Certificate qualifications that can also be used as the knowledge component within the IT, Software and Telecoms Apprenticeship Framework. They may forms part of our IT Apprenticeship and are based National Occupational Standards (NOS) units with a broad set of industry-recognised certifications from Vendors such as Microsoft and Cisco.

What’s involved in studying this course?

The course offers the opportunity for you to learn and demonstrate knowledge and skills you have developed for a specific area of ICT, such as:

  • database development
  • website design
  • IT product development
  • network planning and installation
  • programming
  • systems analysis
  • cabling and telecommunications.

Learners will learn on the job in the work environment and/or in the classroom.

Assessment includes workplace or real work evidence and/or vendor certification.

Which level is right for me?

Level 2
Ideal for those looking to work, or starting out, as a systems analyst, system support technician, web designer or software developer.

Level 3
Ideal for those looking to progress in their career or to learn new ICT skills. It is also appropriate for those looking to progress to a Level 4 Diploma in ICT Systems and Principles, an ICT Higher Level Apprenticeship or enter higher education.

What careers can this lead to?

These qualifications provide the knowledge required to progress in a wide range of ICT roles, including:

  • Database administrator
  • IT product developer
  • Telecommunications technician
  • Systems support desk technician
  • Web designer
  • Software developer
  • Network installation and support technician
Level 2

System Support or Systems and Principles qualifications are ideal for those looking to work, or starting out as a systems analyst, system support technician, web designer or software developer.

What careers can this lead to?

These qualifications can help you to progress in a wide range of ICT roles, including:

  • Database administrator
  • IT product developer
  • Telecommunications technician
  • Systems support desk technician
  • Web designer
  • Software developer.

Level 2 Certifications and Awards

  • Level 2 ICT Systems and Principles
  • Level 2 Award in ICT Systems and Principles
  • Level 2 Diploma in ICT Systems Support
  • Level 2 Certificate in ICT Systems Support
 Level 3

System Support or Systems and Principles qualifications provide the knowledge that is ideal for those looking to progress in their career or learn new ICT skills. It is also appropriate for those looking to go further with their education on a Level 4 ICT qualification or Higher Level Apprenticeship or higher education.

What careers can this lead to?

These qualifications can help you to progress in a wide range of ICT roles, including:

  • Database administrator
  • IT product developer
  • Telecommunications technician
  • Systems support desk technician
  • Web designer
  • Software developer.

 Level 3 Certifications and Awards

  • Level 3 Diploma in ICT Professional Competence
  • Level 3 in ICT Systems and Principles
  • Level 3 Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles
  • Level 3 Diploma for ICT Systems and Principles for IT Professionals
  • Level 3 Diploma in ICT Systems Support

Useful interview tips to help you prepare for your job interview

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The search for jobs can be very tough process but for many, attending an interview can be a daunting experience. It is important to prepare for your interview, because you are selling yourself to the employer and showing them why you’re the best candidate for the job. Therefore we have put together these helpful tips to help you succeed in your next interview.

Research the company

Make sure you do your homework on the company as you will most likely be asked questions specific to the company. You should learn about what the company does, and what their goals are. You can do this by looking at their website and social media pages, and reading the job description carefully to understand what the job involves and what will be required of you. This will help you to be able to answer questions related to the company, and adapt it to your own experiences which will impress employers.

Research yourself online

Not only should you research the company, but you should consider researching yourself online. It is becoming increasingly popular for recruiters to look up potential candidates on social media, or google to see whether the employee will fit into their company culture. Social media is a great opportunity to represent yourself as a brand, particularly on social media networks such as LinkedIn. Therefore you should look through your social media sites, and make sure there isn’t anything which could ruin your chances of getting the job.

Practice answers

You should research online the most popular interview questions, and practice answers to these questions. Some of the most common questions are:

“Tell me about yourself”

“Why do you work to work with us?”

“Have you ever worked as part of a team?”

“Why did you apply for this role?”

When you are answering these questions, it is good to use the star technique. The star technique stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Result.

Situation – describe the situation where your task or accomplishment took place

Task – explain clearly the objective and the challenge which occurred

Action – this is where you explain what you did, and the skills you used to complete the task

Result –explain the outcome (you should try to give an example which ends with a positive outcome)

This will help you to structure your answers, and to make sure you get all the right points across. You could ask a family member or a friend to ask you sample questions which you can practice answering.

Dress 

First impressions are very important which is why you need to dress the part. You need to act and dress professionally to show the employers you are serious about the job, and you are going to be a positive representative of the company. Second chances don’t come around often, so if you’re not sure on the right attire you could contact the company and ask them about their dress code. This would be beneficial for you as you would not want to dress too formally for a company culture which is quite relaxed, and the employees wear casual clothes. However, most companies will usually expect the candidate to be dressed smart when attending the interview.

Arrive on time

In relation to first impressions, you would give the employer a very bad impression of you if you arrive late. Make sure you know where you’re going, and how long it will take to get there to ensure you will arrive on time. It is always good to try and arrive fifteen minutes early. This will allow you to relax and try to calm your nerves before the interview, rather than arriving right when they expect you and having to go straight into the interview.

Body language

Conveying positive body language and showing confidence are one of the most important traits to portray in an interview. Always be well-mannered, smile and be polite to all employees you’re introduced to during the interview. This will help you to stand out to the employer, as they’re less likely to want to employ someone who is slouching and fidgeting because it doesn’t make you seem interested in the job. Also try not to be perceived as overconfident, as arrogance can be very off putting to an employer.

Prepare questions to ask the interviewer

Employers always like it when candidates ask questions at the end of the interview. It will leave a good impression with the employer because it shows you’re interested in the job. It is best to think of questions that will make you stand out, and to show you have a real interest in the job. Some example questions could be:

‘What opportunities are there to progress within the company?’

‘Do you have any concerns about my potential to succeed in this job position?’

It is best not to ask the employer questions concerning salary or time off on holiday, until you are offered the job or if the employer brings it up. Asking inappropriate questions such as ‘what the company does’ could cost you the job.

Keep calm

By following the previous tips you should be well prepared for when you go for your interview. Being prepared and knowing your stuff inside out should help to ease your nerves. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep from the night before so you are well rested, and make sure you eat something at least an hour before your interview.

Why are Apprenticeships worth considering?

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Why are Apprenticeships worth considering?

Over the years young people have been under the impression that gaining a university degree is the only way to gain a career. This perception has made it difficult for apprenticeships to appeal to the mainstream as another good alternative to pursue a career. However, many people including employers are starting to see the true potential in what apprenticeships has to offer, as it can benefit both the young person and the employer.

So what exactly is an apprenticeship? 

An Apprenticeship provides young people with real world experience and training, whilst earning an income over a minimum of 12 months. This is particularly worthwhile if you want to pursue a career in IT, because you would gain the necessary skills and qualifications which can be equivalent to gaining a degree. This would impress potential employers who would more likely want to hire a candidate who already has experience in the field.

Many young people are now realising there are more pathways when choosing which route to pursue a career, than just the traditional view of studying a degree at university. The government has also discussed plans to focus on the increase of apprenticeships in businesses, as they believe this can truly benefit young people. If more young people considered choosing an apprenticeship it could potentially reduce the problem of candidates not having the necessary experience or essential skills when applying to jobs.

If you want to work in a fast-paced industry and pursue a rewarding and exciting career, a career in IT might be just for you. To find out more about our IT apprenticeships, call us now on 0207 183 7967, email us at training@iprotech.net or complete our contact form.