If you’re someone that’s looking for an exciting and fulfilling career within the housing sector, we want to hear from you.
By becoming part of the Merthyr Valleys Homes (MVH) team you’ll be able to add value and make a real difference to the quality of people's lives and the services we offer in our community.
We’re looking for individuals who are enthusiastic, motivated, and passionate about delivering quality services to our tenants.
We value our colleagues through creating a dynamic and fun environment to work in and offer some amazing benefits. If you’re interested in working with us, check out our current vacancies.
You and Your Career – How can we help you?
We’ll work with you with to understand your employment history, your current situation, and what kind of job is most suitable for you. We have experience of helping people into employment, and support will be tailored to your individual needs.
You and Your Career can support you to:
- Search for local jobs
- Write a great CV
- Compete application forms
- Prepare for interviews
- Think about what you want out of your career
- Gain valuable work Experience
- Move in to volunteering opportunities
JOB SEARCHING TIPS
It doesn’t matter if you’re brand new to job searching or 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 always on hand to help support you – contact us 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.
To make sure the job is suitable for you, consider factors like location, working hours, childcare, salary and impact on benefits. If you’re on a low income, you may still be entitled to Universal Credit.
Top Tip: Identify what transferable skills you have.
Transferable skills are skills that you can apply in lots of different settings, including at home. For example, you may have helped in arranging an event at your children’s school – this shows that you have good planning and communication skills. See further examples on Skills You Need.
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, including anything from logistics, care, retail, agriculture and ICT.
Visit Job Help for more information.
You can sign up to receive a weekly jobs bulletin of Wales-wide vacancies – subscribe to Careers Wales.
POPULAR JOB SITES
There are many online ways to search for jobs, most will allow you to upload your CV to apply straight away, some popular job searching websites include:
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 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
- Job Alerts – Save time searching for jobs by registering for Job Alerts
- LinkedIn – Set up an account, create a professional network and search for career opportunities
- Recruitment Agencies – Register with an agency to job search for you, here are a number of local recruitment agencies
- Visit Career Pages – check out current opportunities some may not be advertised
- 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
- Be positive – you’ll find an opportunity that’s right for you
You and Your Career – Completing an Application Form
For many roles, you’ll be asked to complete an application form instead of submitting a CV. This is usually online but can be paper based.
It’s important to remember that the application form is the employer’s first way of getting to know more about you. It’s important that you use this as an opportunity to show them why you’re a perfect match for their role.
Take some time to prepare, gather all the information that you’ll need, including:
- Employment history – if you don’t have any, don’t panic! Everyone has to start somewhere, and it’s about finding the right role for you
- Qualifications and Training
- Contact information for your referees
You’ll make a great first impression by starting with some research;
- Understand who the company are and their vision and values
- What sector they operate in and who their competitors are
- Look at the job description to see how you match and whether the role is for you. Think of examples that you can use that will show the employer how you meet the requirements
- Always read the instructions carefully
- Understand what date you need to submit your application by and plan enough time to meet this deadline
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Competition is usually high, and recruiters have many application forms to sift, to ensure you get shortlisted:
- Ensure no key information is missing and your application form is complete
- Provide examples to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and experience highlighting how you meet the job description. These can be based on your transferrable skills as discussed in our job searching tips
- Use words from the job advert and job description, this will prove that you have read the advert properly and paid attention to detail
- Application forms can be time consuming, but it’s important that you tailor your answers to the role you’re applying for. Copying and pasting from previous applications may mean you’re including information that isn’t relevant and missing information that is really important to the role
- Present your information and examples in a clear format that is easy to read, consider using subheadings to demonstrate skills, knowledge and experience outlined in the Job Description and always remember to spell check
Employers are looking for applicants who show them that they have the skills to complete the role. You should:
- Focus on answering the questions and avoid waffling or being too vague
- Write your answers in a positive way
- Select appropriate examples of your achievements from past experience
- Avoid writing “see attached” – you need to demonstrate your committed to the role to your perspective employer, be sure to compete all information required
- Demonstrate enthusiasm for the role and passion to work for the employer
- Ensure your spelling and grammar is correct – read your application thoroughly. If you’re completing online, try to copy and paste your answers into word and running a spell check
- Avoid leaving blanks – If the question does not relate to you put ‘N/A’ or ‘Not Applicable’
WORK WITH US
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU:
- Innovative ideas, embracing change and sharing ideas
- Pride in your work
- Positive attitude
- Effective attitude
- Team worker
- Actively contributes
- Customer focus
- Takes responsibility
- Salary sacrifice schemes- cars, computers and cycle to work
- Discounts- EE, Merthyr Tydfil leisure centre and free eye test
- Social events – team events, parties & quizzes
- Health & wellbeing – Employee wellbeing program & BUPA assistance program
- Personal development – staff development including payment for professional subscription relevant to role
- Regular 1-2-1’s and annual appraisals
- Corporate induction
- Professional qualifications
- Job specific training
- Individual learning
MVH is committed to investing in our tenants and local community. We try to offer a range of opportunities within our organisation.
WHAT IS A WORK PLACEMENT?
Work placements are an opportunity for individuals who are unemployed to build job specific skills and knowledge. Whilst on a work experience placement you’ll not be paid, however, you’ll receive out of pocket expenses to cover your lunches and travel.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF WORK PLACEMENTS
When some people think of a housing association they imagine working as a housing officer or income officer, but there are many other roles that contribute to the running of MVH. Depending on what we have available you could experience a work placement in customer service, finance, communications, property services and housing management.
WHAT'S THE BENEFIT OF DOING A WORK PLACEMENT?
Our work placements will give you good workplace experience, a chance to gain or brush up on skills, and get back into a pattern of working. All our work placements have clear role descriptions, and you’ll be allocated a supervisor for the duration of your time with us.