This is where you can get access to and take a close look at the most relevant information regarding news about different active employment-creating policies and initiatives. As Pontes is a reference thanks to its constant effort to improve employability by using all the tools available to us so as to strive for the well-being and prosperity of our inhabitants by means of vital programmes such as Employment Workshops, Integrated Employment Programmes, and FORMIC among others. All of these generate added value in terms of professional competitiveness and ensure that the Young people of As Pontes are the type of skilled and qualified labour required by the companies looking to hire new staff through our job pool.

The As Pontes Council has got a qualified specialist team at the service of its inhabitants to provide information and advice to anyone who is interested in learning the best ways to gain access to the labour market: Writing a professional CV, coping with a job interview, providing advice about the most highly demanded job profiles in the town, and all and any aspects having something to do with this particular field.

We motivate and actively help in the search for employment, training users to improve their employability.

We emphasize one of the main aspects of this difficult task: motivation, as a motor that generates self-esteem and awareness that control of life depends on oneself.

As a priority theme in this area, throughout the year, different training courses and workshops are organized for the unemployed. We are sure that training is a great tool to improve employability in the local field. In this way we put the provision of the users this type of training actions to expand or recycle knowledge related to the activities most demanded in the job purchased and by the corporate sector pontés.

From the following form you can apply for the Local Employment Exchange and, after studying the offer, we will send you the CVs that best suit your demand.

They send you your job offer. For more detailed information telephone 634.79.07.64


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The main goal of IPPEC (Pontés Institute for Economic Promotion) is the development and implementation of self-employment orientation actions. For this purpose, it carries out a series of activities aimed at promoting and supporting new entrepreneurs. It is considered that the support and encouragement of new entrepreneurs, together with new projects, should be a priority objective of all active employment policies and all those social initiatives aimed at combating unemployment.


A covering letter should be aimed at explaining why a candidate meets all the requirements needed for a given job, drawing the recruiter’s attention to the candidate’s skills, capacity and knowledge which should be shown and illustrated by providing clear and specific examples based on previous experience or the applicant’s track record.

The following parts should be included in such a letter:

Greeting: the letter should be addressed to the person we are interested in approaching. To do so, please contact the company to find out who you need to address your letter to.

Introduction: Introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in their company, sector, industry and position you are applying for in particular. If you are already familiar with the company, take advantage to mention some projects they are carrying out. If you are applying because of a situations vacant advert, this is the time and place to mention it.

Body: This is the section where ought to take advantage to “market” yourself well! Clearly state what you may offer them, how you can make an important contribution to their organisation and why they should hire you (skills, capacity, qualifications etc).

Closure: At the end of the letter you should request an interview. Suggest approaching the company to ask for an interview or a meeting. Last but not least, say goodbye using customary phrases, remembering to be approachable and friendly. Finally, sign and date the letter.

The aim of a job interview is none other than to show that a candidate’s knowledge, experience, track record and skills match the profile and requirements sought by the recruiter. It is therefore essential to give clear, direct, honest and sincere answers to their questions.

Recommendations for a job interview:

Knowing my own strengths and weaknesses: we need to know our own main qualities and back them up with facts.

Information about the company: What sort of business is it? What lines of business are they in? What does the corporate structure look like? Are there any expansion projects under way or scheduled for the future? How many employees are there? What are their core corporate values?…

Information about the post/vacancy: What vacancy is to be filled? What are the main functions and responsibilities? What personal characteristics and skills are needed to successfully to the job?…

⁃Communication skills: We should be careful to use appropriate and accurate vocabulary when addressing the interviewer (they may not always be familiar with the technical terminology and jargon of our profession). We need to express ourselves in a clear and structured way, answering all the questions posed to us


I lack experience/I’ve only completed my studies/I lack practice in this field…

I haven’t completed my studies/I’ve only done/I’ve got no certificates/diplomas…

I’m very young/I’m inexperienced…

I’m too old…

I was fired…

I argued with my manager/workmates…

I did nothing during that period of time…

It is hard for a woman to be hired…

My children take away a lot of time from me…


I’m interested in this job/I’m qualified to do it/I’ve got a solid foundation…

I learned by doing/I’ve got the skills needed/I’ve got experience…

I really feel like doing this job/I’m truly excited about this…

I’m mature enough …

My contract expired…

We didn’t always agree about everything…

I took advantage to study…

Hiring a woman is a great asset and guarantee…

I’ve got someone to look after my children…

These are entities which enable job applicants and organisations offering employment to find each other. Their task is to gather information about job applicants’ profiles so as to be in a position to handle the job offers they get efficiently.

If you are looking for work, you should get in touch with as many intermediaries as you possibly can. When you approach them you should find out about what job profiles are the most highly demanded ones.

The main intermediaries on the labour market are:

⁃ Public entities:

  • Public Employment Service/Agencies
  • Employment information and counselling offices

⁃ Private entities:

  • Employment agencies
  • Job pools
  • Temp work agencies
  • HR consultancy firms
  • Subcontracting companies
  • The media (newspapers, magazines etc)
  • The Internet

A CV’s main role is to ensure a job interview for the applicant. When a recruiter reads it they should feel the need to interview the sender. That is the first step towards getting a job.



In this kind of CV all the information about education, training, track record and such, is shown in a chronological order.  The first experiences and studies are shown in first place.

This type of CV is no longer very common.

This sort of CV, as well as the next kind, may not be the most appropriate ones for people who have long “unjustifiable” gaps in their track records, because they make such gaps more evident. In these cases, it might be wise to go with the functional CV model.

Inverted Chronology (European CV):

As stated by its very name, they are chronological but in an inverted order. The latest experiences come in first place. Thus, our current or latest job will be shown first.

This variety is probably (because there are no magic formulas, and it always depends on who reads our CV) the most suitable option if we decide to draw up a chronological-type CV, because recruiters tend to pay more attention to the latest facts/experiences.


The information is structured into professional or business activity sections. If we have got experience from different fields and sectors, we can reflect this by creating sections for each one of them. In each one of these sections we then specify the chronology of our experiences as we find appropriate.

This type of CV is the most suitable one when we feel that we have got experience from many different industries and that they are all relevant for the job we are applying for. If not, it is more accurate to show only those professional and non-professional experiences, training courses and skills which may contribute towards making us a stronger candidate.

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