You and Your Career – Job Searching Tips
It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to job searching or you have been job hunting for a while our Brighter Futures Project is on hand to support you into employment. Below we’ve pulled together some information to help you when you’re looking for a job. Remember our team is on hand to help support you – get in touch on 01685 727774
What job suits you
Making a start
Think about what job would suit you best; what are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? What hours would best suit your circumstances?.
If you are unsure why not take a skills assessment to find out which jobs may suit you – https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/skills-assessment
To make sure the job is suitable for you; take into account factors like location, working hours, childcare, salary and impact on benefits. If you are on a low income you may still be entitled to Universal Credit – https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit/how-your-earnings-affect-your-payments
Top Tip – identify what transferable skills you have
Transferable skills are ones that you can apply in lots of different settings including at home. For example; you may have helped out in arranging an event at your children’s school – this shows that you have good planning and communication skills. Further examples are available; https://www.skillsyouneed.com/general/transferable-skills.html
Looking for a job
Jobcentre Plus Online Resources
Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the labour market. The DWP have recently launched Job Help which provides information on latest opportunities and job search ideas for people considering working in a different sector like; logistics, care, retail, agriculture and ICT.
You can sign up to receive a weekly jobs bulletin of Wales-wide vacancies – subscribe here; https://careerswales.gov.wales/getting-a-job/job-bulletin
Popular Job Sites
There are many online ways to search for jobs, most will allow you to upload your CV to apply straight away, and here are some popular job searching sites;
- Indeed – https://www.indeed.co.uk
- Hays – https://www.hays.co.uk
- Reed – https://www.reed.co.uk
- Total Jobs – https://www.monster.co.uk
Careers Wales provides information on a wide range of job sites;
Offering your skills, knowledge and time can have major benefits for job seekers. For example, it can break the isolation by getting you back into a team-work environment, gaining valuable work experience and developing new skills. It can also provide you with some great examples to use in your application forms and interviews.
Our top tips for job searches
1. Job Alerts – Save time searching for jobs by registering for Job Alerts;
2. LinkedIn – Set up an account, create a professional network and search for career opportunities;
3. Recruitment Agencies – Register with an agency to job search for you, here are a number of local recruitment agencies; https://www.thomsonlocal.com/search/recruitment-agencies/merthyr-tydfil-mid-glamorgan
4. Visit Career Pages – check out current opportunities some may not be advertised.
5. Reach out to employers – even if they are not currently recruiting, send a copy of your CV and covering letter expressing your interest in the company.
6. Be positive – you will find an opportunity that’s right for you.
Get in touch
If you need support applying for any vacancies, help is on hand via our Brighter Futures Project. We can help you with CV’s, completing an application form or interview preparation – give us a call on 01685 727774