Finding work has changed and not always for the better


I returned to education after over 30 years of working and running a business. It was an interesting and eye-opening experience with regards to those who are coming through the education sector and employment route.

I started my first job back in 1982 I have rarely had to move it was mainly through choice for better prospects or twice being made redundant. This is no longer the pleasure our young people will have they will constantly be changing jobs as this is the economic and job opportunities market we are now in.

How does this affect Young people seeking work?

  1. More choices for employers with many candidates applying for the role can mean that although you may consider your perfect for the role many others will do so.

  2. Internet searching is impersonal and does not give individuals an opportunity to sell themselves face to face.

  3. Searching day in and day out for work is soul destroying for many and often without replies

  4. Applications can take hours to complete and many do not receive a reply- just a generic email you have not been successful.

What can young people do to cope with ever changing jobs?

  1. Be flexible on working days and hours- there is an old saying in work find work. Employers like to see someone has done something whilst find their ideal job.

  2. Look at your CV does it meet the requirement of the job and are key words embedded in this

  3. Show your keen to learn any programmes or skills you may not initially have but you are willing to learn.

  4. Try and build a rapport with employment agencies who will help and guide you for your choice of employment.

How to be impressive?

It is imperative to keep your skills up to date as the competition for work is hard So, to keep in front there are simple steps you can take:

  1. If you have formal qualifications look at adding to these especially as time passes. For example, if you are going into customer service take a short training course on this and show an employer you are willing to continue learning.

  2. If the role asks for specific training and you can take the course, say on your covering letter that you are willing to train in that particular skill.

  1. If you are taking work with children or vulnerable adults, make sure your DBS is in date.

  2. Look at future career prospects within the company and enquire if there are promotions opportunities. Employers like to recruit and keep staff.

  3. If you have completed voluntary work, or a sport activity, raised money for charities employers like to see this too. It tells them a little more about you as a person.

Today more than ever the competition is tough for employment opportunities. Any person seeking work whether it is as an electrician, accountant or childcare work it is very important to undertake CPD (continued professional development). By doing this employer will see that your chosen career is important to you that you wish to keep your skills and knowledge up to date.

Project Action London offers training sessions on how to prepare for interviews and we cover lots of subjects that are necessary to help you in achieving the job you wish to gain.

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