Looking for work can often feel like an intimidating task: where to start, who to talk to, how to prepare for interviews – and what needs to go on a CV these days?
The good news is there is help on hand!
Earlier this year we launched our new Job Club in partnership with Christians Against Poverty (CAP), an eight week course designed to support you along the journey to employment. With CAP we’ve put together 11 top tips we hope will help you with finding a new job that you’ll love. A special thanks to Paul Jackson (North West Area Manager) and Steve Hudson (Job Club Manager, Skipton) for sharing their top tips! If you’re currently looking for work, why not sign up for our free job club today?
Here are some top tips for finding a new job that’s right for you:
While you’re casually scrolling through Facebook or Twitter, you could also be on your way to finding a new job. The world is now more digital than ever, so why not make the most of it? By following some regional accounts like your local Jobcentre Plus or local businesses, you’ll be the first to see when new vacancies open up – and they’ll be right there in front of you so you won’t have to spend hours looking!
If finding a new job feels endless and overwhelming, why not sign up to get email alerts from a job-hunting site like Indeed or LinkedIn. Instead of having to trawl endlessly through jobs that really aren’t for you, you can choose to receive alerts about any specific roles you have experience or interest in, and you can upload your CV and qualifications directly so potential employers know who you are and why you’re a great candidate for the job.
One of the best things to do when finding a new job is to put yourself out there and let people know you’re interested. An easy way to do this is to sign up to be told about any vacancies from any organisations (e.g. supermarkets) you’d like to work for.
If you’re in need of a screen break after being stuck at a computer applying for jobs, why not go for a walk? Not only could this be a welcome opportunity to de-stress in the fresh air, but you never know what you might find. Keep an eye out for any local jobs on offer in shop windows or community notice boards.
Let your friends and family know that you’re in the process of finding a new job and ask them to be on the lookout for anything that might be what you’re looking for. After all, many hands make light work.
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Finding a new job might involve looking in different places, so be brave and hand out your CV to places you’d like to work at. You never know, they might have a job opening coming up, and you might just be the person they’re looking for.
Take some time to write down your top skills. If you’re not sure, talk to your friends and family. Do they think you’re particularly organised, creative or detail-oriented? Do you work best with a team, or are you really good at focusing for long periods of time alone? Think about the experience you already have and what skills you used in those jobs.
Once you’ve written down a few key skills, have a go at coming up with some specific times you’ve demonstrated these skills. Have you gone above and beyond in your old job, led a project, or overcome a particular challenge? Think of some examples that are as unique to you as possible, then build these into your personal statement (and CV).
When you’re finding a new job, you might feel like you’re repeating yourself on application after application. This isn’t a bad thing. Using the same personal statement for cover letters, application forms and even during interviews shows you’re able to give concise and specific examples of your skills and strengths – and it saves time too. If you’re applying for a range of jobs, select the skills relevant for each role and include these.
Knowing – and being able to tell people – what you’re good at builds confidence. Don’t let the first time you say your strengths out loud be in an interview. If you need to, repeat your strengths out loud to yourself enough times that you begin to have confidence in what you’ve written.
We know that finding a new job can be extremely stressful and discouraging at times. But we believe that nobody should have to do it alone. That’s why churches around the UK like us run CAP Job Clubs. You can be part of a supportive community of like-minded people, receive 1:1 coaching, and gain the vital skills you need to get back into employment.
To join our next Job Club, click the link below to find out more and book your seat!
Additional thanks to the team at CAP for the content included in today’s post. To find out more about Christians Against Poverty and the services they offer, please visit their website https://capuk.org/