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How to improve job prospects - better job prospects
What are job prospects?
There are different ways
to build job prospects
People already with a job
will be doing different
things to grow them
Job prospects are simply your
chances of landing a job – the
probability of being hired.
So how do we improve them?
Improving your job prospects with the
aim of getting hired requires effort in
Building the CV; personal growth
Knowing where to look; the job search
Nailing the interview; proving yourself
Invest in yourself
Your CV is essentially everything that you are in an A4
document. This is quite restrictive.
So you have to make sure the content in it is striking
and extremely supportive to your intended path
Build your CV around the path you wish to take – and
if you’re unsure, you can build more than one CV
Training and Education
There’s little better to show commitment to a
path than by taking a course in it
Do these well in advance of applications as the
time constraints associated with them may hinder
up to date
Don’t let it look like you’re just stuffing your CV –
keep the courses relevant and show a continued
effort with them
For example, doing a First Aid course is great, but
have you been practicing?
Experience volunteering with St John Ambulance,
or being designated as First Aider at work will
prove commitment here
Climbing the ladder or switching careers
- can require further education.
There are many institutions that offer part-time courses
Taking management courses is a great example
Those who can see themselves stepping up but want
training and knowledge to do it well will make the
most of these
Creative CVs – think
outside the A4
Ditching the traditional CV is certainly not for everyone
But some have benefited greatly from reaching out in
Adam Pacetti spent his last £500 on a billboard asking for
a job – and it worked
A Coventry University marketing graduate
stood in a tube station asking for people to
take a copy of his CV – and it worked.
Work and voluntary
Unpaid work isn’t naturally appealing, but then
neither is unemployment!
Unpaid experience may be an expectation for
candidates in particularly competitive markets
A common complaint of job seekers is that they
need experience to get a job to get experience
– but this isn’t always the case
There are routes into a field that don’t involve
Take an Apprenticeship
Apprenticeships are built up of National
Vocational Qualfications (NVQs), achieved via
assessment and training
learn on the
job, and earn
Paid to work and learn
These are great for CVs as they will show work
as well as study – the perfect combination of
education and experience
Apprenticeships can be
taken in a variety of
fields, and apprentices
may end up with a job
offer at the end
Work experience can be chased in a similar way
to normal work; be professional, enquire and
show your interest in the field
Work experience can be in a short period, like
many do for a week in their final year of KS4, or
a longer period with an internship.
Internships usually last at least
three months, with many lasting
up to six and even a year
Internships are often unpaid, but not always.
Interns are of huge help to many charities and
organisations with little capital, but the
experience will be hugely valuable to a CV
Voluntary work shows
of financial reward
Often done for caring causes, this work will help
grow you as a person as well as boost your CV
Experiences will be on par with other work, and
will be much easier to find!
Know where to look
After having built your CV, you need to know how to find
the best places to put it
Primarily an issue for entry-level applicants, it is important
to understand how the internet has affected this process
It is very easy to find a job opening now.
But it’s also very easy to apply. Employers
are flooded with choice as a result.
Use job websites properly
Target your applications
and use the appropriate
CV – make sure you’ve
got one for each type of
If they provide other contact information, use it!
Show your interest in the position and push to get
noticed. You may be competing with hundreds of
others for these positions.
Manage the little things
The interview is about your presence – so ensure you’re
well groomed and that your clothes fit properly
Look up tips on body language – this TED talk is a great
Gaining an understanding of body language
will help you improve your prospects in a
lot of areas of life
To finish – and to start:
Believe in yourself
This belief will give you the courage and willpower to go
and fight for positions
Without it, you will consistently be aiming lower than you
deserve and avoiding great opportunities
Break that mental barrier and
watch everything fall into place
Why not improve your
job prospects with us?
Contact one of our careers advisors at Pathway Group
who can point you in the right direction.
Call Pathway on 0121 707 0550