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Julie’s Story

I made an appointment with the National Careers Service because I wanted help with my CV – I wanted help putting it into the correct format so that I could capture the attention of prospective employers. I was preparing for my return to work having had my family, and wanted to give myself the best chance possible. However, I was struggling to fill the gaps in my employment history.

During the course of the appointment, all areas of my career to date were discussed, and with the use of prompts, I was amazed at how much experience and skills I had attained in different areas of employment. I really started to see myself and my skillset differently, and realised I have so much to offer. This then enabled me to recreate my CV with more confidence. I was able overcome the possibility of questionable gaps, use the correct terminology, and get the information across in a clear and succinct way.

Following the initial appointment, I then found that although my new CV was getting me interviews, I was unsuccessful in securing the roles applied for. So I made a further appointment with the National Careers Service to discuss interview techniques. My adviser did some mock interviews with me, giving me feedback and teaching me techniques for success, and I came away feeling enthused and positive about future interviews.

With the help of the National Careers Service I now feel better equipped for my future search for employment, and I have gained so much more confidence in myself, at a time when I was becoming quite despondent. I would thoroughly recommend this service.

The National Careers Service provides free, up to date, impartial information, advice and guidance on careers, skills and the labour market in England to anyone aged 13 and upwards.

To speak to a National Careers Service adviser, call 0800 100 900 or use our webchat (8:00am to 10:00pm, 7 days a week)

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