The end of the furlough scheme and the removal of the £20 Universal Credit uplift will be problematic for a lot of people, especially if they are repaying debts. Irrespective of if you have creditors or not, a willingness to get back into the world of work will be advantageous for anyone who wants to try and gain control of their life again.
1. Rewrite your CV
You must ensure that your spelling and grammar is to a high standard. Poor spelling and use of punctuation is an immediate turnoff for any prospective employer.
- Make sure you have put your CV and any cover letter through a spell checker
- Download Grammarly to ensure that all of your wording makes sense
There are no excuses for spelling errors. You are writing on your own terms and you have all of the time in the world to put together this information. If you struggle with writing, get a friend to check over your work.
2. Structure your CV
Make sure that the person reading your document is absolutely aware of your skills from the off. On average, prospective employers take 8 seconds to scan through your portfolio. If it is riddled with unimportant information then you are unlikely to be employed. Keep it to the point and keep it tailored to the role you are applying for. A good way to do this would be through the use of bullet points.
3. Surf the web
Indeed and Glassdoor are two examples of websites that regularly update you on job opportunities, for free! You would be crazy not to make an account on these platforms. Of course, other websites are available. There are recruiters who you can also ask for assistance, some are free and some are paid, but it’s always good to look at options for yourself.
4. Familiarise yourself with a set of jobs
You can build up a collection of key terms and skills that are needed for a set of positions within a particular sector. For example, an administrator would need to be:
- Strong with written and verbal communication
- Excellent on Outlook and other email platforms
So you would make sure that your CV demonstrated these skills. You would also prepare to answer these questions in an interview scenario. This will give you the best opportunity of landing the job that you need to land. Experience is really important but you need to be able to demonstrate that experience with your knowledge of the industry. If you don’t have much experience or lack qualifications, do some research on the role you are applying for and show that you have made the effort.
5. Dress smartly
You must be able to attend your interview with an appropriate level of clothing. Remember, a smart-casual look is better than an appearance that has no thought involved whatsoever. You don’t have to be suited and booted, unless the role specifies it, but make sure you look like you have made the effort. Treat it like going on a date!
Stick at it!
These are tough times for many people. It’s important to remember that you will not be alone with your struggles this year. The best possible solution is to be as proactive as possible with the situation at hand.
At Money Support Group, we all wish you well in your efforts to get a new job!