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    The only avenue appears to be online applications, but with it being so competitive, I'm losing all hope. On reed.co.uk they tell you how many people have applied for each job and its usually quite a lot; how can I compete? It's ridiculous.

    So how did you get your job? Which website did you apply for the position from? And also, where are you working?
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    Here's a tip, apply to small companies, often they will actually look at CV's emailed directly to them.
    Unlike larger companies which sift your applications electronically and take forever to complete.

    (Where I am working now is a massive company but I emailed a HR rep directly with a CV and cover letter)
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    A) At least acknowledge the responses given to your question.

    B) Don't take reed.co.uk numbers as gospel - that's merely a hit counter that counts when someone has hit 'apply now', a large percentage of which won't actually submit a full application.

    C) If you're uncomfortable with online applications:

    *get better at them - practice makes perfect
    *utilise your network for opportunities
    *speak directly with employers at university recruitment fairs
    *speak with your careers service
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    (Original post by Ham22)
    The only avenue appears to be online applications, but with it being so competitive, I'm losing all hope. On reed.co.uk they tell you how many people have applied for each job and its usually quite a lot; how can I compete? It's ridiculous.

    So how did you get your job? Which website did you apply for the position from? And also, where are you working?
    When I applied for my current job in recruitment about over 400+ people applied on Indeed.
    The application stage also included a work trial which not everyone was successful.
    Really its more about skills, experience AND personality other than just qualifications, but not necessarily in that order.
    You have to prove to yourself in every stage of the process that you are worthy to hire.

    However to get to that interview stage you have to stand out; don't just hand out your CV, put a cover letter along with it.
    The whole point of it is to introduce yourself and justify why you would like to work for the company and expand from your CV your skills, qualifications and experiences that you may have gained from internships and volunteering if you have any.
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    I got one job through an online application on their website, and another by handing my CV in.
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    I did work experience with my current company for 3 months (1 day a week) and then i showed what i had learnt whilst i had been there.
    Then i had an interview and got a phonecall 2 days later saying id got the job.
    No CV or anything haha.
    So id reccomend doing some work experience and see how that goes.
    Then go from there really.
    But make sure to write a CV and Cover Letter too
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    Nepotism. My Dad knows someone who knew someone
 
 
 
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