my name is Mike firm studied accountancy and business law and then did spells in retail catering and then retail financial services I hope to make Parliament a more effective place but also I feel strongly that Parliament needs people with a business background and to add balance to the house quality in terms of trying to match your skills and experience the job you're going for it's important to understand what the job involves so friends if the job is looking for someone who's very good at coping with change and a fast-paced environment particularly say for instance turnarounds then where you're coming from is less relevant the relevant experience is that you've got and a track record of going into something which is perhaps broken or underperforming and turning it around and making it better and so it's selling your skills of maybe it's people management or financial management or you know retail in the marketing whatever your skills are it's about understanding what needs to be done in the job you're going for and highlighting your relevant experience that should get you through the door every employer knows that's a potential candidate he's probably looking around it you know several jobs at once but they do want to feel that you spent some time thinking well how do I match what this company is looking for so having a range of CVS that are stress indifferent plus points is useful but also making sure that when you send that CV with a covering letter you really understand the job you're applying for and try and make sure that you pick out some salient points also shows that you've read the advert and tie it into your experience that shows you've given some thought and effort Seavey's can sometimes be too long or the another common mistake is the font is too small it's almost microscopic and often people will put in a covering letter that things that aren't borne out on our CV so they say I've got a good eye for detail and then you find that it's littered with spelling mistakes or they use a cut and paste and it's quite clear that they've not really given any thought to the job that they're applying for or the company they're applying to and you know names of the company or the position are wrong because they've simply you know fired out a dozen CDs that week highlighting in personal interests or extracurricular activities are useful in that it shows you as a well-rounded individual if all you have in your life is work then you know potential employer might say hmm very talented at jobs but how will they fit into the team some of the common errors at the interview stage is people arriving late not knowing who they're being interviewed by not having any questions prepared because often it's your chance to interview the company and if you don't understand what the company does and looked at their website as a good starting point then it shows that you're really not very interested the other common problems that people come disheveled it's amazing how some people come for interviews and if you haven't spent any time on your personal appearance making you know good presentation it suggests well what he done to be like when actually you're in the role if you can't be bothered it's about a good foot forward at the interview stage what are you going to be like if you were to get the job some of the differences would be that you much more likely to get a panel interview out in a public sector organization so for instance when we recruited at Barnet a new chief executive or a new corporate services director the candidates were interviewed by a panel of local councilors and certainly if four heads of service it might well be an interview with three or four senior directors the council in the private sector it's much more likely to be either a one-on-one interview or a two-on-one interview in terms of the ethos or perhaps the the biggest difference is many of the jobs in the public sector do require a bit of a personal calling a bit of a vocational desire I mean being a social worker particularly in children services is a very demanding job doesn't get a good press but it's a crucial job so people need to really want to do that kind of job so but in terms of pay and conditions and management styles the gap between the public and private sector has closed dramatically there's not much to choose between the two for people who want to get involved in politics the first tip is actually get involved there's no point in shouting on television from you away from the sofa is actually go out and do something some people are quite happy knocking on doors to live in leaflets doing the you know the mundane jobs that are so crucial to getting elected other people want to be elected other people who want to hold the elected office just it's useful for them to find someone that they can seek out as a mentor so that there's someone who can give them some advices and guidance now the system worked the kind of things to get some experience of if for putting themselves forward for election