Welcome to the twelfth bulletin during this lockdown period.
There is no doubt about it, there are a lot more jobs being advertised now, we will be updating the local jobs link below more often so keep checking in.
Link to businesses who have jobs with immediate starts available wish-live-vacancies
As we are sure you are aware, the number of people looking for work has increased hugely too so this week we are adding a new feature to the bulletin this week to give you some help with completing those application forms. We want to provide you with useful information so that you have a better chance of getting to the interview stage.
There were some interesting statistics released last week about the number of vacancies advertised in the last month. This is likely to change over the next few months and we will try to keep you updated but it may help you to focus your job seeking in a sector where there are roles available, even if it means that you change what you do for a few months. link to LMI chart
Skill of the week - Communication
In view of the statistics in the chart above, we make no apology for returning to this skill as it is the one which is sought by almost all employers at the moment.
Take a piece of paper and list all the ways that you can communicate with someone else, both in the workplace and in your day to day life. Try to think of as many versions as you can, so a vague term like “online” will not be detailed enough.
Now score yourself out of 10 for how confident you are using that form of communication. If you identify a gap in your skillset or something that you really need to brush up on, see if you can find a way to improve. There are hundreds of courses online or you could ask someone who you know is really good at it to share some of their tips. Maybe that will involve doing some voluntary work, as we discussed last week, to get you really comfortable but it will not be time wasted as you will have a solid reference proving that you are able to fulfil the requirement.
Ask us for suggestions if you are struggling to find a way to improve.
Online courses – opportunity to have a say in what is available in the future
Aspire Sussex have launched a survey seeking the views of West Sussex residents, aged 19+. This survey will help Aspire to establish the courses local residents would like to be put on to meet their needs, especially during and coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have children, there is an opportunity to request courses for them as well so please complete the survey to help get what you need to support your development.Aspire Sussex Survey
Interview question of the week - What makes a good team leader/manager?
This is a difficult question as most people will have different ideas about what makes a good manager. If you’re applying for a managerial role, or if you might progress into one, you’ll need to show a good understanding of the most important qualities to manage people effectively.
Setting realistic goals, giving constructive feedback and providing support to team members to help them build their skillset are all good examples of excellent management qualities. Try to think of managers that you have worked with in the past and what worked well and not so well. If you have been a manger before, give a short example of when you demonstrated that skill.
Application question of the week
What on earth is a CV Software checker and what possible relevance does it have for me?
Following on from our Week 10 activity where we looked at writing applications, particularly targeting one job, rather than sending out identical ones hoping for the best, we should really look at software checking.
CV software is used by all kinds of employers to screen applications to bring the number of possible applicants down to what they feel they can reasonably consider in person. It is therefore really important to understand how they work as if you do not get through this stage then even the most impressive CV in the world will not be considered.
The critical thing to remember is that the software is not programmed to “read” CVs or Applications, it identifies key words/phrases that the person placing the advert selects.
So, what you need to do is take the advert for the role you are applying for, then take a highlighter and mark each requirement first. Next read the advert again for any more subtle indications of what the hirer is looking for, for example on their website or the beginning part of the job description it may say “We are a strong customer service-focused company”. This indicates that they are looking for someone who has strong customer service skills.
Next take your CV or application and highlight each word/phrase that you identified in the job description. If the ad has 12 highlighted items and your CV has only 2 – you did not pass the test!
This kind of software does not interpret or look for similar words that mean the same, so if it asks for someone who is hard working and you put conscientious (which to a person means pretty much the same thing) you will not get a match and score nothing.
The simplest way to ensure that you include all the required words is to answer every point listed on the role requirements in turn using the same phrases showing how you fulfil each one. This goes in the free format box where they ask you to explain why you would be a good candidate for the job.
It can seem very painstaking and a bit unnatural, but it will give you the best chance. You will not have any idea whether your application is going to go through this kind of screening, so it makes sense to ALWAYS prepare for it.
Maintaining good Mental and Physical Health
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We are committed to helping you on your journey towards employment so please get in touch if we can help you in any way. It has been great to speak, text or email with many of you over the last couple of weeks and hear how you are getting on.
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