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Saturday, January 2, 2016

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than making good ones.

Agriculture
Business
Building & DIY

Family Notices

WANTED

Blinds
& Awnings

Roofing
Services

Welsh slates, stone
roof tiles, clay tiles,
flag stones, quarry
tiles. Re-useable
building materials
BEST PRICES PAID

Holiday

Waste Disposal

Here at the Advertising Standards Authority,
we judge ads on whether they’re harmful, misleading,
or offensive. Not on whether they’re funny, clever or
they look good. Which is just as well, really.
Telephone 020 7492 2222 www.asa.org.uk

01495 722514
07970 554985

Leisure

Disabled
Equipment

Cutlery & Crocke

Motors
Notices
Personal
Property
Retail
Buy & Sell

ELECTRIC
Recliner Chair,
full rise and step
out. VGC. Perfect
working order. Suit
disabled person.
Can deliver £175
Tel: 07931 507143

Furniture &
Furnishings

Electricians

Travel Services

CORNER UNIT
in Red Faux Leather,
approx 11' x 6', fixed
seat cushions,
modern. Stunning
condition. £260.
Tel: 07710503720

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Cleaning
Services

Articles
Wanted

Heating
Services

Recruitment
Address:
Cardiff Rd, Maesglas,
Newport NP20 3QN
Fax: 01633 777057
Latest Booking time,
stop or alteration:
4pm two days prior to
publication.
Family Notices:
4pm one day prior to
publication
4pm Friday for Monday’s
publication

Painters &
Decorators

Caravan Parks

Roofing
Services

*Source JICREG/Etelmar April 2015 figure
relates to an advert placed for 1 insert in
print and 1 week on website.

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Tel: 01633 777103

Email: jobs@gwent-wales.co.uk

Make sure you stand out from the crowd

Careers expert James Innes gives advice
here on how best to go about finding a new
job in 2016.
IF THE prospect of going back to work after
the New Year fills you with dread, be assured
that you are not alone.
It is anticipated that millions of workers
will resolve to find a new job in 2016 and, for
most of them, the process will begin in January. But what makes January a good time to
look for work?
Well, it is a time of optimism both for
employees, who resolve to make a change in

2016, but also for recruiters who have new
plans and strategies to deliver for the new
year.
Also, new budgets have been agreed, so
recruiters can afford to search for and hire
new talent.
But with these opportunities come challenges. January is a competitive time in the
employment market – lots of people looking
means lots of applications for every job role
advertised. So how do you make sure you
stand out from the crowd?
Firstly, think about what you really want.
Is it really a new job or is it simply that you
want to change your view of the job you currently have?
Some people want their career to be a key
focus of their life – they live to work. For others, a job or career is a means to an end – it
gives the desired income sufficient for their
lifestyle. Many people have never considered
which category they fit into.
Here are my top tips for helping you to
secure your dream job in 2016:
l Think carefully about what it is that you
are really looking for. Is it more money? More
responsibility? A change of scenery? Once
you know what it is that you really want, you
can begin a really focused job search.
l Get your CV up to date and, most importantly, make sure it stands out. Highlight
your achievements so that recruiters can see
exactly how you have added value in your
previous job roles. And emphasise your key
skills throughout all sections of your CV.

There are companies out there (including my
own www.cvcentre.co.uk) that, for a small fee,
will prepare a ‘killer CV’ for you.
l Enhance your LinkedIn profile. In today’s competitive employment market, your
online presence is crucial. It is used extensively by recruiters to fill vacancies, so make
sure your profile is up to date and that all
sections are complete and keyword rich.
l Be proactive. Your dream job will not
come and find you – you have to get out there
and chase it. Using both modern and traditional techniques of job hunting will enhance
your chances of success but just as important
is networking. Engage with contacts old and
new and let them know you are looking for a
new job for the New Year.
l Enhance your skills and experience.
You can really give yourself an edge in the
job market if your skills are up to date and
aligned with the types of job you are applying
for. So take any opportunity you can to complete more training courses to add to your CV
and LinkedIn profile.
l Get applying for jobs. The sooner you
bite the bullet and start applying, the sooner
you will find yourself being invited for an interview. To optimise your chances of success,
do make sure that you tailor your CV and
cover letter to each different job role that you
apply for. Don’t let rejection get you down.
The odd rejection is almost inevitable. But
it is important not to get despondent. Dust
yourself off and keep on sending out those
applications.

Notes...

l Once you land that all-important
interview, make sure you are well prepared.
Do your homework on the company you are
applying for and prepare answers to the possible questions that they might ask, even the
most obscure.
Finding a new job is not easy at any time of
the year and January is no different. It can be
time-consuming and, at times, demoralising,
so you need to be patient and persistent.
A resolution is not enough; you need to
turn it into a well-defined goal. You need to
be clear what you want to achieve – what job
and where.
It needs to be measurable – break this down
in to steps (revise your CV, gather information and research opportunities, prepare, for
example).
Be realistic and set achievable goals.
Remember, while you are out there looking
for a new job, the best advice I can give anyone is do take the time to review your current
situation. It may be that, with a few simple
changes, your existing job could actually turn
out to be your dream job after all.
If you are bored, try to learn something
new. Ask your boss if you can focus more
on the aspects of your job that you enjoy the
most. Put yourself forward for new challenges and opportunities. But whatever you
do, don’t just sit still and stagnate.
For help on creating a killer CV and
LinkedIn profile, and for more great advice
on all things careers, follow me on Twitter (@
jamesinnes) or visit www.cvcentre.co.uk

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

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Vauxhall

Motors Wanted

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VAUXHALL
ASTRA 1600
AUDI A3
(BLACK
EDITION)

in solid white, 2011,
6 Speed Manual Petrol,
Aircon, Alloys, CD.
Excellent condition.
Chepstow.
No canvassers please.

£11,500
Tel: 07545 674977

Mercedes
MERCEDES
A CLASS
2004 A160cdi,
silver, 5spd manual
diesel, 125k, 12months
MOT, fsh, £30per year
tax, 60mpg,
low insurance,
outstanding condition.
£1,500.00

Tel: 01633 420711

Suzuki
SUZUKI ALTO
1.1
5dr 04 plate,
Silver Met,
Electric Windows,
Ctrl Locking,
Power Steering,
48,000 + miles,
Service History,
Ideal First Car

£795
Tel:
07970 548810

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Alteration or
Cancellation is 4pm two
days prior to publication.
Family notices 4pm
one day prior to
publication, 4pm Friday
for Monday’s publication

Twinport, Petrol,
56plate, Silver,
102000 miles,
Mot til Jan.,
recently serviced,
CD, E/W, Airbags,
Good condition,
lady owner.
Genuine reason
for sale. No emails
just telephone

£1,850 ono
07583934368
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