When it comes to submitting an application, most places ask for a CV and a covering letter. We know a CV is a very important document, but a lot of us are guilty (myself included) of copying and pasting the same covering letter and sending it to employers.
And believe it or not, employers can spot this very easily. Even though many of us place a huge amount of importance on making sure our CV stands out from the crowd, we don't apply the same amount of emphasis on our covering letter. And this is a damn shame.
I totally believe that our covering letter is equally important as our CV. When an employer sees your application, they tend to read your covering letter first. And if your covering letter is
Mind maps are an excellent study and learning tool. Research has shown that mind maps can improve learning and memory by 10 to 15%.
To know what a mind map is, it is a graphic technique that is used to represent information that is normally visualised in our minds. You have to remember that our minds mainly operate in a non-linear manner.
In other words, our minds are always all over the place. And we find it hard to concentrate. Especially on a difficult subject since our minds tend to wander a great deal.
By utilising a mind map, it helps to makes sense of our cluttered thought process and turn it in to something that is understandable and rel
Interviews can be a daunting experience. The feeling of walking into an interview room and being greeted by one or two (maybe three) interviewers is extremely intimidating. After all, these people stand in the way of the job you want.
Some people feel at ease going to interviews. But a majority of us, get a little anxious. And I can totally understand how you feel.
Thankfully, this blog post aims to share a step-by-step process in helping you prepare for that all-important interview.
1. Get To Know The Company
When getting an invite for an interview, you need to know the company inside-out.
You can familiarise yourself with the company by visiting their website. Find out what the company's aims and goals are and become attuned to their beliefs. Also, loo
It is difficult to be a proactive job seeker when it feels like there aren't many jobs going around. You browse through popular job listing sites like Indeed, Total Jobs and Reed. And even though you see loads of vacancies on these sites, the one that you're looking for is quite scarce.
To give you an example, let's say you're looking for an administration job in Haringey. You'll notice there are only four of these jobs posted in the last 30 days. As you can imagine, the competition for these four positions will be fierce.
According to The Telegraph, each graduate job gets around 39 applications. If you think it is hard
Before creating your CV, you need to know what your potential employer is looking for in a candidate.
You have to ask yourself:
“What skills are they looking for?”
“What experience matters the most to them?”
“Which qualifications do employers want their staff to possess for this role?
Answering these questions will help you tailor your CV to meet your potential employer's expectations. And at the same time, it will make your CV stand out from the crowd.
To become aware of employer's expectations, simply read the job description of the role you're applying for. Job descriptions outline the employer's requirements for the role (i.e. skills, qualifications and experience). And they're usually found on job boards
If there is no job description available, the
When it comes to revising for exams, many of us (and this includes me) have resorted to the good old-fashioned technique of cramming in as much information as we can in to our brains. This involves memorising a load of facts, figures and theories. And all without really understanding what we are trying to remember for the exam.
This is highly ineffective. Sure, it may get you a top mark if you have a great memory but have you ever thought about trying to explain what you've memorised to a young child?
Chances are, they won't understand. You can't just relay the information that you've memorised to them. That won't work because they're going to ask that one question you want to avoid, and that's “why?”.
If you can't explain what you're studying to a child, then you don't re
If you're looking to improve either your English, Maths or ICT skills, or you don't possess the qualifications to prove that you have these skills, then you would need to complete a functional skills course.
Having good English, Maths and ICT skills are absolutely necessary if you want to get into university or secure a decent job. Without these skills, you are limiting your opportunities for a better future.
These key functional skills are usually possessed after your GCSEs; when you've finished secondary school. But we all know that it's not the same for everyone.
We do acknowledge how unforeseen circumstances can happen. It can happen to anyone. And these events can prevent you from achieving your qualifications to show you have the functional s
Working in health and social care comes with a social stigmatism. Many people think working in this industry only presents constant challenges and has very little job satisfaction.
But that is far from the truth.
Having a career in health and social care is by far one of the most rewarding careers out there. Yes, you will encounter challenges and some will be more difficult. But if you get motivated by putting your efforts into helping people, then this is the right career path for you.
We at The Learning Centre can help you take your first step towards a rewarding career in health and social care. We can help you achieve the necessary qualifications that equips you with the required experience and s
Haringey is about to undergo a £2bn regeneration scheme, creating 5000 new homes in the process. This is welcoming news for Haringey council. And for those wanting to find work in the construction industry.
The introduction of the CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card in 1995 has improved the level of health and safety standards to work on a construction site. Resulting in fewer reported incidents and achieving a public vote in confidence for the UK construction sector. No wonder why the construction industry has the happiest work force.
The CSCS card
Getting the necessary functional skills is crucial if you want to go to University or hold a decent job. However, we do understand that some of you will have gone through difficult situations that would have prevented you from getting those skills.
Some of you may not have achieved a decent GCSE grade in Maths and English. Or maybe you have recently settled in the UK to start a new life but have come to learned your qualifications are not valid here. Whatever your situation, we don't believe in making a judgement of individuals. We believe everyone has a second chance.
Here at The Learning Station, we give that second chance. We have helped many individuals in the North London area achieve those necessary functional skills.
The Learning Station