Today’s job market is very much an employer’s market so if you’re looking for a job, you need to make sure that yours is at the top of that pile of dozens of CVs.
Surveys regularly tell us that as well as job specific skills, employers are just as interested in qualities that are hard to train such as reliability, punctuality, honesty, and hard work.
Employers tell us that they can train someone to use a computer package, a till or a certain machine but it’s hard to train someone to arrive at work on time, or be enthusiastic. So how do you prove these things if you’ve been out of work?
Voluntary work, working interviews, work trials and job placements all give you a chance to show your enthusiasm, reliability and ability to do the job and minimise the risk for the employer.
As well as recruiting through the normal channels like newspaper advertising, employers will often recruit from their volunteers or from those willing to go above and beyond the norm, and offering to do an unpaid work trial is one of the best ways of showing that you’re serious about finding a job.
Make sure you’re enthusiastic and make the employer feel special in the interview, show that you want to work for them specifically, not that you just want any job.
Working for agencies can be a great way to build experience, and is often the main route to work in some sectors such as manufacturing, production or warehousing.
You need to make yourself indispensible to the agency - that means being available for work at short notice and doing the antisocial shift times.
By doing this you can often be rewarded with long term work. That may sound tough, but it will make you stand out from the crowd.
Finally, if you’ve been out of work for while, deal with any misconceptions an employer may have by explaining what you’ve been doing in the meantime, such as training courses, voluntary work, helping your local community, bringing up children or managing a health condition.
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