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1 Recruitment & Employment Confederation YOUTH EMPLOYMENT CHARTER SUPPORT PACK FOR MEMBERS

2 1.Getting to know you 2.What is happening in the jobs market? 3.How to find a job 4.What skills do employers want and need? 5.CVs and job applications 6.Interview techniques 7.Where to go for more information? CONTENTS

3 We all have an idea of what we want to do as a career, what’s yours?

4 About me From shop floor To advertising & sales Via University A brief foray into education To policy My best job…My worst job…

5 What does the jobs market look like today? Source: REC / KPMG Report on Jobs Sectors with the highest number of vacancies (permanent jobs) Sectors with the highest number of vacancies (temporary jobs)

6 What will the jobs market look like in the future? Source: UKCES Working Futures Projected UK Job Openings

7 What does this mean in reality? 1. Royal Academy of Engineering The King’s Fund US Department for Labor We need 100,000 new graduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects every year 1 and an additional 60,000 STEM technicians and apprentices 1 The King’s Fund predict we will have a shortfall of 1 million workers in health & social care by According to the US Department for Labor, 65% of school students today will end up in jobs that have yet to be invented 3

8 How do employers recruit in the UK? Large employers (eg major supermarkets or warehouses) often have contracts with JCP Private recruitment agencies / businesses In house recruitment teams Or any combination of the above. And they also use…

9 They also use technology… 1.Social media, eg: 2.Jobs boards, eg: 3. Intermediaries, eg: Please note – there are others!

10 Recruitment & Employment Confederation WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR WHEN THEY HIRE SOMEONE? DISCUSSION

11 This is what actually matters to employers… 40% of employers say they did not recruit a young person because no young person applied. Source: UKCES Source: National Careers Council

12 It’s all about how you sell yourself… What facts should appear on an individual’s CV when looking for a job in the UK? What else makes for a good CV and job application?

13 The do’s and don’ts of a good CV ✓ The essentials Name Contact details ( and telephone) Relevant employment history – starting with the most recent Relevant education (at least the highest level of education achieved) References available on request or you can provide contact details ALWAYS spell check it and/or get someone to proofread it ✗ No photo No date of birth No gaps in your job history – unless there is an explanation Never lie – you will be found out!

14 An ideal CV Your name address / Telephone Personal statement Why do you want this job? What makes you stand out? Do you have a quote from a referee you could include? Relevant educational experience DatesInstitution name Qualifications gained DatesInstitution name Qualifications gained Relevant work experience Dates Your job title The company Main tasks in this role Key achievements Any quotes from satisfied customers / employers? Relevant work experience (continued) Dates Your job title The company Key tasks in this role Key achievements Why you left? Dates Your job title The company Key tasks in this role Key achievements Remember – do not leave any gaps in your timeline Voluntary work / personal interests Only include if these are relevant Eg they may show when you have worked as a team or on your own, etc Or they may show you have experience in the same sector as the job References Former employer Former teacher Job title Contact details No more than 2 sides of A4 Only include RELEVANT information Include supporting quotes/key achievements Use headings and bullet points Tailor every CV to that job Two referees or ‘references available on request’ and always ask their permission Typed up Spell checked & proof read No zany fonts or colours – minimum font size 10 In date order, with most recent experience first

15 What should you do before you arrive at the interview? Research the company What do you know about the organisation? Read their website What have they said in the press recently? Location Where is the interview taking place? How long will it take you to get there? What time is the train/bus Dress Dress appropriately Don’t chew gum

16 When you do arrive… Remember the interview starts the moment you arrive in the building Know who to ask for on arrival You can tell a lot by someone’s handshake…

17 Recruitment & Employment Confederation WHAT TYPES OF QUESTIONS DO YOU THINK YOU MAY BE ASKED IN INTERVIEWS? INTERVIEWS

18 Some typical interview questions Remember the interview starts the moment you arrive… Why are you looking for this opportunity? (as you take the lift to the interview…) When you arrive in the room… What made you apply for this job? What do you think you could bring to the role? What do you think it will take to be successful in this role? Give an example of when you demonstrated XXX skill/attribute, eg: team work, innovation, project management, good communication What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?

19 Finally – interviews are a two way process… Do you have any questions for us? Eg: How do you see this role developing after time? Is this a new role? If not, why is the person currently in place leaving? What will be the key priorities for the person starting this role? What sort of training and development opportunities do you offer? Do NOT ask for information provided in the original job description and advert, eg: salary

20 For more information or advice:


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