Month: January 2017

Online Bio

Text and visuals

  1. Name
  2. All your qualifications (C and above)
  3. Plan post-qualification
  4. Sharing Experiences in the industry – What? Why? Where? Who? When?
  5. Address and where are you from? Experiences?
  6. Family/friends – Who you live with?
  7. What are your hopes and dreams? Better at…

How To Structure Online Bio

  • Look at CV’s
  1. Design type
  2. Graphics & banners & thumbnails & frames
  3. My photos – Me, location, job
  4. Text edit – font, colour
  5. How do you share your online biography? E.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc.

Deadline: 27th January 2017

Words: 700 (done)

Visuals, links, design?



Research online bio.



700 Words – Personal Statement, CV and Interview Techniques

Interview Techniques

Before you start any job you are usually interviewed beforehand. This will ensure the manager is employing the correct person for the role and someone they can trust. There are some great strategies and some not so great strategies to ensure you grab that job role you wanted.

The main key is to focus on STAR. This stands for situations, task, action and result. In simpler term, situation is the location as to where you may have previously worked or what further education you had and where. For example: apprenticeships, university, telephone and even social media. The task is specific about you aiming on your team and you. Talk about how well you work in a team as well as on your own. Action is the response to the question and dealing with customers whilst avoiding acronyms and talking about your work history. Talk about you and what you did that stands out from another employer. The result is the outcome talking about the percentage of sales, saving of time and money using quantified and qualified evidence.

It is important not to mention why you left your previous job unless they ask because this could be the difference between getting the job and not getting it.

You must dress appropriately for an interview and smart and not slouch when you are seated. You should shake the hand of your interviewer as you enter the room and close the door after yourself.


A CV stands for Curriculum Vitae and this is what you hand in to the employer before you may be asked in for an interview. This includes your name at the top, address just below it and your key skills, experiences, education and references, if you have any. A CV is a way that you ‘sell’ yourself so you must summarise why the employer should employ you and not the other candidates. A CV should be double-checked for spelling and grammar and it is best to get other people to read your CV, for example a parent or carer.

A CV should not include many sentences and should list your education rather than write sentences about it. A standard CV should be no longer than one double-sided A4 page. It should be typed up on Microsoft Word in Times New Roman, Calibri or Arial font. Place your highest grades at the top of your education list to appeal to the employer and place your most attractive skills and talents at the top of your CV to boost your chances of impressing an employer. Bullet points are a good way to list your education. Never lie on your CV because this could portray a bad image and could make you come across to the employer as dishonest. Along with your CV, you should include a cover letter unless the employer has stated otherwise. The CV should be typed on a size 12 font so it is easy for the employer to read but isn’t too extreme.

Personal Statement

A personal statement is to talk about yourself and is usually for getting into universities. Avoid mentioning universities and colleges by name because a personal statement should be the same for all the courses you apply for. There should be course descriptions which should mention the qualities, skills and experience that are useful to have for each subject. The personal statement should mention why you are applying, your ambitions and what interests you about the subject and higher education.You should include any skills you have developed voluntarily for example NCS or D of E awards etc.

You should talk about any science, technology, engineering or maths skills gained. If you studied in another country, then you should mention why you want to learn in this country and not over there, your English language and any English courses or tests you have taken. Just like a CV, you should proof read your personal statement with your teachersand families to check spelling, grammar and punctuation. You should try to stand out, but be careful with humour, quotes or anything unusual just in case the tutor doesn’t have the same sense of humour as you. It should also be in a size 12 or 14 font in Calibri, Arial or Times New Roman. It should be about 4000 characters and 47 lines limit.


STAR Interviews


S – Situations – soft skills e.g. Teamwork, Patient and Negotiation, Communication (Formal, Informal, Talking or Letter) Apprenticeship, University, Telephone, Social Media. Set the scene. Who? When? Where? (Location)

Task – Team – Specific about me (Team and me)

Action – Response – Detail? History? Avoid Acronyms? Dealing with customers – (Me and what I did.)

Result – Qualified (Explain and evidence) and quantified (numbers), saving of time and money, percentage of sales (Outcome)

– Tell me about a time when you did this

Competency – The ability to do something well and successfully. Behaviours that are effective. Attitude, Skills and Knowledge. – Common Sense and thinking for yourself. Real life examples.

I used to work in Monsoon and had to respond quickly to customers which made me efficient and had to make sure I was fast at their service and dealing with their concerns.

Each candidate for the job is asked similar questions. Key competencies?

Tell me about a time when…

Describe an occasion when…

When has it been important to…

Give me an example of…


Tell me about a time when you had to work under pressure.

Tell me about a time when you offered to help other people.

Tell me about a time when you have had to hit a deadline.

Describe an occasion when you had to help other people.

(Describe an occasion when you showed a high level of cleanliness.)

When has it been important to ensure proper cleanliness is ensured?

Give me an example of a time when you had to ensure the washing up was done promptly.

Customer Focus 

Difficult Customer

Nice colleague. Calm.

Various Situations


Team Management – Inspiring trust. Sensitive situation.

Strategic Thinking – Goals and company goals. In the past year how has the person supported objectives? It could be team, company or personal objectives. When wider impact?

Effective Organisation – Achieve deadline. Time and prioritise. Completed project. Competing project.

Collaborative Working – Successful team. People different views. How agree? Complete task/project with people outside the team.




Pattern in Partner

Emotion? It made you feel anxious and awkward



Write 5 Interview Questions…

I know you worked in Monsoon before here, what skills and experiences would you say you have that stands out from the rest of the other candidates?

Tell me about a time when you had to work as part of a team?

Give me an example of when you had to cater for someone else’s needs?

Tell me about a time when you faced a problem and how you overcame it.

Tell me about a time when you had to help other people.


Difficult Customer

Adapt Communication – Hand gestures

Obstacle overcome


Checklist unit 11 & Wellbeing



10 Basic Points

1. research

2. Look sharp and feel good

3. be prepared

4. Be on time or early (15 mins) And Allow getting lost

5. Show enthusiasm

6. Listen

7. Answer the question being asked – don’t be afraid to ask them to explain it again

8. Specific Examples. Story. Success, unique

9. Ask questions

10. Follow up – Marketing Me


Breath In…Hold…Out

Avoid autopilot


career wellbeing – I work in Costa part time and have done work experience locally for Lynn News.

social wellbeing – I have friends in college and keep in contact with some from work.

Financial WB- I earn money at Costa as well as doing

Physical WB – I walk to college 4 days a week about 1 mile each way as I park further away. I also cycle on most weekends to do paper round.

Community WB – I used to go to Explorers so would hang out with the community there but not anymore