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A recent report from totaljobs revealed that Brits are hungry to find work –so much so that they’re spending a small fortune trying to get their foot in the door. The figures revealed that with each interview, Brits are spending an average of £146, with the majority of that going on looking good. But with a quarter of jobseekers not even researching the role they are being interviewed for, it’s clear that candidates could do some homework on potential employers and fine tune their CV first.

So if you’re a parent looking for a part-time role or hunting down that new job, read on and learn how to cut costs on your interview outfit, receive CV advice for free and be ready to get the role for you.

Get your CV spot on

The best place to start with your job hunt is to get your CV right. It’s the first thing an employer will see and it should reveal whether your skills and experience are suited to the role they have. That’s why it’s important to keep your CV professional, concise and up to date.

According to totaljobs, 60% of candidates don’t update their CV to reflect the needs of each different role they applied for. So before you send out your CV, make sure to tailor it towards what the employer is asking for and research the industry sector you’re aiming towards.

For free CV help, the Government’s National Careers Service has everything you’ll need to get it right. They’ll teach you how to write a CV, update it, and also provide a Freephone service to discuss it. The site is a perfect resource to help with job hunting and make positive steps to finding work and building a career.

Stay professional, but don’t blow the budget

Looking good and making a strong first impression is important for an interview. But you don’t have to buy a new outfit until you get an email or a call offering you an interview, so hold back on the spending for now.

If you are invited for an interview, make sure you give yourself enough time to plan what to wear and make sure it’s right for the job role. Rather than spend a fortune, be sure to shop around in second-hand stores, utilise what you already own, or even ask a family member or friend to borrow one of theirs. With a quick press and clean at the dry cleaners, a suit can look brand new, without having to fork out for a new one.

But if you do want to buy something new, shop in stores such as Tesco and Primark. These have great affordable clothes, shoes and accessories. If you need a haircut, why not model for a trainee in a salon – this is often free, or hugely discounted.

Be prepared and do not worry at the interview

The interview is one step closer to getting the job you want. It’s an opportunity for you to show the employer you live up to what’s in your CV and can fit in with their company. Remember, that to reach this stage, the employer wants to meet you and sees you as a potential employee. It’s surprising that many forget this, with 58% of jobseekers claiming not to have slept well the night before an interview, and 85% not eating anything.

If you’re looking for more tips, the National Careers Service has great advice on preparing for an interview, with standard questions and ones that could throw you off course.

Hours and benefits

If you are lucky enough to be offered a new job role but it isn’t the right amount of hours or falls short of the money you were expecting, don’t rush to turn it down. Even if you are working less than 16 hours a week or more than 16 hours a week, you could still be entitled to some benefits or credits that let you make up for this shortfall in earnings.

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