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If you are starting your career or if you have reached a certain point where job change is necessary then you must do some homework beforehand if you want to reach positive outcome. Practice has shown that without preparation you are bound to fail and you will lose both valuable time and money.

This page has been created to help you make your first steps to begin your career or help you bravely take up new challenges. From pointers you will find useful information on how to write your CV as well as different points on how to successfully apply for a vacancy.

If you need help in writing your CV you can always turn to CVcenter.az team. Our team is here to help you every step of the way.

You can take a look at example CV's of CVcenter.az in: There are also example covering letters:

Looking for a new job

Changing a job is a normal step in every person's life. There are few people who work their whole life at the same place at the same post. It is said that every person fulfills himself on one post on average in 4-7 years. This is the time in which one develops everyday routine and the person is no longer capable of working in such a way that is required for that post. After the 7th year it is high time to start thinking about changing your job.

Of course in life there are situations in which case you have to change jobs due to other circumstances: illness, layoff, company’s bankruptcy, changing place of residence, etc. In either case you are facing a problem: how to find a new job?

We will hereby emphasize the main rules that will help you find a new job in a short time. Workforce flow means that there is always some company who is looking for a new employee. Your task is to make yourself aware of those possibilities and that your information as a job seeker is made available for the employer. You should approach the matter from different angles:


Invisible job offers

There are always invisible job vacancies which are not filled using public channels. That kind of information about new vacancies is spread around in the company which enables to use personal contacts to find a suitable candidate. Also the vacancy can be unfilled because the employer for some reason has not yet had the time to start looking for a new worker through public channels.

If you want to discover these invisible vacancies you have to be active in finding out just the right people and companies that can offer You the right information. To do that you need to:

In addition to being active it is necessary that you have the skills to present yourself to the potential employer. But don’t forget that praising yourself and giving inaccurate information will come out sooner or later. You do not want to damage your reputation!

During the job seeking period it is beneficial to keep yourself up to date about all job ads that have been posted by using various kinds of information channels and at the same time using the active personal initiative ways to find possible vacancies.

The invisible vacancies are usually filled with such personnel that have been found using electronical databases. Therefore it is necessary that your CV would be available at these databases. Many companies use the CVcenter.az database every day! You can be one of the lucky ones that gets a new job through this channel.


Who will you become after graduation?

After graduation the students are happy that: “Its all over now!” but actually this is just the beginning.

Nowadays not all are accepted to universities after high school graduation. Not all want to go either. And not everybody has friends or family members that will help them find a well paid job after school or provide an opportunity to study abroad. Then you have to start looking for a job yourself.

It can seem quite hard and stressful to find your first job without previous experience. Obviously not all get to be highly paid company executives. And that is good. Otherwise who would build houses, fix our cars or sells us products at the supermarket.

What kind of job would suit you the best? Be honest with yourself. You can look for a job in advertising or sales marketing but if you don’t have the capabilities or potential for it then you may not reach the desired result.

Think about:

If you know what kind of job you are looking for then you are a step closer to a new challenge – looking for a job.


How to write a proper CV

No matter how good your CV is, it does not automatically guarantee you the job. Nevertheless a well constructed and attractive CV will certainly attract the employer’s attention and will thus create a chance for an interview. The purpose of the CV is to show that you are a problem solver and with your previous experience you can fulfil exactly those tasks that are required on that job. If the employer understands on the basis of your CV that you are competent then that increases your chances on getting the job.

Think of the CV as your personal advertising material. You have to present in it all your achievements and all your capabilities. You have to select strategic key words that characterise your desired job offer.

A proper CV also indicates your communication and organizing skills. It is like a reminder to the employer which shows what a good employee he/she has. But a poor CV on the contrary will be cast aside right after reading.


10 typical mistakes in a CV

Before sending another CV make sure whether your CV contains any of the following faults:


CV writing rules

If you start writing or have already finished your CV then pay attention and check if your CV corresponds to the following main rules:


How to write an outstanding CV

Your CV does not have to be a long list of every job you have ever had. It is just a tool to sell you on the job market. If it helps you find a job, it has fulfilled its task. If you are thinking about what to write then keep this in mind – less is more.


Covering letter – what is it and what is the purpose?

Writing a covering letter is as important as writing your CV. You may have a perfect CV but the covering letter is what completes your CV. A good covering letter enables you the opportunity to go to the interview but a bad covering letter erases your chances.

While your CV’s purpose is to show who you are and what kind of experience you have, the covering letter’s purpose is to answer the employer’s question why this person is the right one for the job? The covering letter gives a short overview of your professional skills that coincide with the requirements for the job. In addition the covering letter is addressed personally (if the person is listed in the job ad) to the person responsible for the recruitment. The importance of the covering letter lies in its simplicity. Basically it is a paper that on the one side has the requirements and on the other side has your skills that meet exactly those requirements.


Contents and formatting of the covering letter

The purpose of your covering letter is to present yourself in the best possible way to the potential employer. You should never send a CV without a proper covering letter but you must remember that they are two totally different things. A CV is your curriculum vitae; a covering letter is a list of skills you have that are necessary for that specific job.

There are no concrete rules for formatting the covering letter but there are some certain guidelines you should keep in mind:

Here are some keywords for writing the covering letter:


Five things to remember when writing a covering letter

If you have trouble composing the cover letter then try to think it through step by step. Here are 5 questions which answers make up the key points for your covering letter and help you write it.

When you have thought about all the questions mentioned above, you are ready to write your covering letter.


Types of job interviews

During the job seeking period you will soon find out that there are different types of job interviews. We will describe the different types and give advice on how to behave during different interviews.


Questions during a job interview

Try to find answers to possible questions already before the interview because it will make you look more confident and you can show to the company why you can be useful for the company. Here are some examples:

In addition try to find answers to these questions:

Your qualification

Your career

Your job experience

Your education

During the interview the interviewer can ask you a question that is not related to the job. You can always answer every question if you wish and to such questions that are not job related, if you wish. If you answer such questions then present the answer in a way that it would be related to the job. For instance: “If you are on a business trip then who will look after your kids?” you can answer: “The offered working time is suitable for me and also business trips if the job requires them.”


Questions to ask the interviewer

At the end of the interview they can ask if you have any questions and the usual answer is “No, you explained everything very clearly“. That is a wrong answer and by saying that you have missed a great opportunity to ask questions about the jobs suitability for you.

But what kind of questions should you ask? If you ask about holidays or sick leave then it might leave the wrong impression to the employer and he might think you are interested in skipping job as often as possible.

The first interview’s purpose is to get to know the future employer and job tasks not pay raise options and bonuses. You can ask about salary at the end of the interview. It would be appropriate to ask about the job tasks, company culture and its development plans. You can ask what their next half year plans are because that shows that you are interested in the company and the employers love to talk about their plans and visions. It can turn into a lively discussion and leave a positive impression of you.

An interview should be information exchange – what does the company need and what do you have to offer them. But it is also about your needs and what the company can offer you.

It is also important whom you are talking to. Human resources manager knows more about job description and tasks, the necessary personal characteristics and about the inner culture of the company. You can ask the owner or the CEO of the company about future plans and expectations about the job.

Don’t ask something that has already been answered during the interview. Don’t ask questions that might leave the impression that you are interrogating them. Here are some examples of appropriate questions at the beginning of the interview:


Mistakes made during the interview

You have the chance to meet our potential future employer face to face. However no matter how confident you are about getting the job make previous preparations because insecurity or a accidental inappropriate comment can decrease your chances.

Here is a list of the main mistakes:

In addition to the previous faux pa’s here is a list of some typical mistakes:

Every job interview is a valuable experience. By avoiding these mistakes you can take your risk of failure to a minimum!


Preparing for the job interview

If you have not yet looked for information about the company then do it now. The more you know about the company and the vacancy the bigger are your chances. Usually the interviewer is pleasantly surprised if you have previous knowledge about the company and it gives a positive impression of you. You can look for information in the internet, newspapers or current or previous workers.

Keywords for preparations: