Plan ahead to get ahead

10 Dec 2010     Last updated: 20 Jun 2014

"No one can be sure of continued secured employment. Many employers have been reducing working hours and / or introducing pay cuts. The future is uncertain. Be in control of your destiny. Plan ahead to get ahead."

NICVA recently hosted a CVs and Interviews training workshop as part of an ongoing campaign which aims to identify very specific smart solutions for tough times.   

Career Coaches Rosemary Donnelly and Sharon McCollum delivered the training, which they described as ‘vital in the current economic climate’.

Participants were encouraged to consider their personal career objectives before reflecting on experience, skills and abilities.

Sample job advertisements, cover letters and CVs were used to enable participants to see things from an employer’s perspective.

Once it was clear what worked and what didn’t, participants designed their own CV templates and updated the content.

"I will go home and update my CV now that I know how to do it well."


 Techniques for dealing with pre-interview nerves were shared and, after a brief relaxation session, mock interviews were held. This gave everyone experience of being part of an interview panel and also of being the dreaded interviewee.   

Participants fed back to one another on strengths and weaknesses, leaving each person with a clear idea of how they would move forward after the course.

The training ended with all involved feeling charged up and ready to confront any employment related tough times ahead.

If you are interested in CVs and Interviews training, please contact Roisin by email, or telephone her for more information on 028 9087 7777.

The current training calendar is available online; the March 2011 - August 2011 training calendar should be available from mid January.

For vacant posts and volunteering opportunities in the voluntary and community sector, please see the careers section on CommunityNI.

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