Better Job Searching

help, advice & guidance for job seekers

This practical one-day course is designed to ease your worries and help you present your existing skills, achievements, abilities, and knowledge positively. It will also help you identify other transferable skills you may have acquired through your hobbies or voluntary work and what you have learned in school, college, university or on training courses needs to be included too.

Finding a new job is never easy. It is always a difficult and stressful time and especially so if you are unemployed or facing redundancy but this course will help you.

Once you have got a new job, you need to know about what your employer will expect from you, and what they have to provide for you. So this course takes you past your successful job interview into the world of work and explains what is likely to happen in the first few days, weeks and months.

Today’s world of work is not the same as it was even five years ago, so we cover all the breaking news around the job market as well as key developments in society. Knowing where to go, who to talk to, and the opportunities that are available will help to move you from someone who dreams about having a job, to someone who secures the job they always wanted.

At the end of this course you will be able to:-

  • Describe your skills, values, and beliefs about work and looking for opportunities.
  • Show an understanding for the types of work that are available and where to get information.
  • Talk about the transferable skills you have got from hobbies or voluntary work
  • Tell the differences and benefits offered by career coaches, counsellors, and mentors.
  • Complete Job applications forms in a way that shows off your skills
  • Create a modern CV but effective CV
  • Prepare better for job interviews and tests including face to face job interviews, social media, telephone interviews and tests for aptitude
  • Use different approaches to job searching, such as networking and finding hidden jobs
  • Understand the key points from employment law, your legal rights and responsibilities
  • Identify further sources of information and support

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CONTENT

The course has five separate but related parts to it. We will our share experiences of what has worked and what has not. We also include practice and give you good quality feedback and advice on how to improve your own personal performance.

1.All About You
Open Forum – In a lively chat session you will be invited to share your own experiences of job search and what you have learned from them. We look at and discuss a list of the skills we think every job seeker needs. We will ask you to think about your own skills and what you can do to make them even better.

We will then think more about the modern world of work, what employers want and ways you can show that you have what it takes to be successful.

2.The Changing World of Work- Rights and Responsibilities
We will have a lively chat about what everybody thinks about changes at work and in the job market; both in the last few years and in the future. We will look some recent stories that have been in the news and think about which laws affect us at work. Building on this we will discuss what your rights are at work and what your new employer can expect from you, including during the job application and interview stage.

We look at

  • Employment and equality Laws
  • Privacy and data protection laws
  • Health and Safety
  • Safeguarding – Disclosure Barring Service

3. The Recruitment and Selection Journey
We will take you through a practical A to Z of good practice with-

  • Job adverts
  • Application forms
  • CV and speculative job letters
  • The Job description and the person specification
  • The equality monitoring form
  • Supporting company information and materials sent to job applicants
  • Documentation such as certificates or visa validation that may be required by the employer if the candidate is shortlisted
  • References
  • Medical questionnaires

4. Shortlisting and beyond
We will tell you about the most common approaches. We look in detail at:-

  • Preparing for the interview – face to face and/or telephone
  • Interview questions
  • Good practice answers
  • Do’s and Don’ts for the job applicant
  • Commonly used ways to find out about the applicants skills

Using 300 interview questions grouped into 12 different areas we do some practice interviews, face to face and telephone styles, to help you prepare. We think about interview questions and answers for customer care, team working, personal planning, problem solving, time management and other modern work activities. As before we give you useful feedback and guidance on ways you can improve your interviewing skills.

5. You Got the job – What next?
We will take you through the door of your new workplace and look at what you might find

  • On your first day
  • Paper work you might need to show
  • Staff handbook
  • Employment contract
  • Probation period
  • Medical clearances
  • Bank details
  • Next of kin
  • Induction and staff training topics for the first few weeks
  • Where to get more information, help and support if you need it.