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It's an exciting time for the public sector in Greater Manchester, so what better time to step up the career ladder. Take a look at some of our top tips to help you secure your dream job role.

Finding the right job for you

Qualifications: Make sure from the start that you have the right qualifications or equivalent experience for the job before starting an application. This will avoid wasted effort and stand you in good stead in the shortlisting process.

Personality: It is important to think about your personality when looking for jobs as this can help indicate a particular field that will suit you. For example are you more creative? Do you like to work with numbers? Or do you love being around people? This thought process will help narrow down your perfect career move.

Work hours and flexibility: Not one work pattern suits everyone, so think carefully about what working hours suit you and your lifestyle. If you have a family and other commitments pick a sector with more flexibility.


Job application top tips

- Read the advertisement multiple times to make sure you are clear on what the job entails.

- Start your draft application on a separate document so that you can make amendments and complete a spelling and grammar check.

- Keep your examples concise and try to relate them to the job you are applying for.

- Make sure you have a final check over your application before submitting it. It may be a good idea to ask a friend or family member to proof read your application as well.

Interview top tips

Once you have made it to the interview stage there are things you can do that will help you prepare effectively.

  • Always do some research on your potential future employers. It is likely that you may get asked as part of your interview and if not you will impress the interview panel with your knowledge and the fact you have done your research.
  • Prepare a series of work examples to speak about in your interview. Try to make these different from the ones you used in your application.
  • Think about why you want the job. Expressing a real desire for the job will help give you the edge on other candidates.
  • Plan your journey in advance to ensure you are on time.
  • Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake and thank them for inviting you to the interview.
  • Make sure you have a smart outfit to wear.
  • Make eye contact and consider your body language.
  • Prepare a couple of questions to ask at the end of the interview.

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