Am I employable?

18 August 2004
Am I employable?


I have spent two years managing a property in France for absent owners, having previously worked as an area manager for a tour operator. I wish to return to Britain. Am I employable, given my lack of formal qualifications?


!]( - Jane Sunley, managing director, Learnpurple: We always advise employers to look first at attitude and then at skills; qualifications come into play afterwards (except for graduates). In a job market where, year on year, we have progressively greater difficulty in filling our vacancies, if your attitude is right then you should have no problem. If you have progressed to area manager level, you will also have valuable management experience to offer an employer. Update your CV, showing how your achievements in past jobs can contribute to your success in the future and go for it. Good luck.
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Lesley Reynolds, chief executive, Portfolio International:
Of course you are. The joy of this industry is that your experience and attitude can take you a long way. It may take you a while but, if you take the time to compile a good CV, look carefully at the job advertisements and websites and speak to some recruitment consultants, you should find a suitable entry post in the UK. Be patient and be sure to choose an employer that really identifies with your unique blend of personal attributes and will give you some valuable training on the job and, possibly, the chance to gain some qualifications as you go. Each week our expert panel will answer your career questions. If you'd like to submit a question, send it to .
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