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How to improve job prospects - better job prospects

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Whether you're looking for work, have been made redundant or would just like to improve your job prospects then look through this powerpoint, better job prospects,

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How to improve job prospects - better job prospects

  1. 1. How to Improve Job Prospects
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. So how do we improve them? Improving your job prospects with the aim of getting hired requires effort in three areas: Building the CV; personal growth Knowing where to look; the job search Nailing the interview; proving yourself
  4. 4. The CV: 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
  5. 5. 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 your chances
  6. 6. Keep qualifications 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
  7. 7. Get part-time education too  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
  8. 8. Creative CVs – think outside the A4  Ditching the traditional CV is certainly not for everyone  But some have benefited greatly from reaching out in other ways  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.
  9. 9. Work and voluntary experience  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 full employment
  10. 10. Take an Apprenticeship  Apprenticeships are built up of National Vocational Qualfications (NVQs), achieved via assessment and training  Apprentices learn on the job, and earn money too
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. Work experience  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.
  13. 13. Internships  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
  14. 14. Voluntary work  Voluntary work shows honest commitment without expectation 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!
  15. 15. The Search: 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.
  16. 16. Use job websites properly  Target your applications and use the appropriate CV – make sure you’ve got one for each type of job!  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.
  17. 17. The Interview: 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 start  Gaining an understanding of body language will help you improve your prospects in a lot of areas of life
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. 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