#GetOnline Week – Job Search and CV Tips

#GetOnline Week - Job Search and CV Tips

2020’s #GetOnline week was a particularly important one given the current climate. Over the past 6 months, we’ve needed to become even more digitally savvy to take on everyday tasks like shopping and banking, as well as staying connected with friends and family.

When it comes to looking for work, digital skills are essential here too. Over two thirds of people now apply for jobs using their mobile phones and, due to travel restrictions and safety measures, most interviews are online too.

That’s why, for this year’s #GetOnline week, we supported Stockport Homes and Startpoint in delivering 2 presentations designed to help local jobseekers with their online job search.

Get Online Week | Job Search Tips

Our first session began with an overview of the current jobs market. We explained that whilst unemployment levels are high, it’s not all doom and gloom. New jobs are being created and, according to the REC’s Jobs Recovery Tracker, vacancy numbers are rising month on month. What’s more, the North West is actually seeing the highest rate of growth with almost a 20% increase since March levels.

The biggest demand for jobs post-lockdown are in education, health and social care, retail, finance, cleaning, catering and distribution. Looking to the future, the biggest growth areas as in IT, scientific and ‘green’ jobs.

Next, we discussed the difference between job boards and jobs aggregators, the main job boards for different job sectors and how employers use job boards to find candidates. Using a demonstration of online searches using Google, Total Jobs and Facebook, we looked at different sources of vacancies and how to apply online.

If you missed the session, you can view the full Zoom presentation below.

Get Online Week | Make Your CV Stand Out

Our second session focused on how to make your CV stand out and return better outcomes. We discussed how, if you’re not hearing back from job applications, it’s important to make changes to your CV.

Identifying the purpose of a good CV in helping you receive an invitation to interviews, we wanted to help jobseekers understand exactly what makes your CV a ‘good match’ to the job. We covered the essential elements to include (and miss out!) whilst explaining the importance of using key words.

We demonstrated how this worked in practice by using an example job advertisement for a Retail Customer Service Assistant at Decathlon in Stockport. We identified the key words used in the advert and how to then match those to the descriptions of key skills and experience on a CV.

We invited our audience to ‘get out your red pens!’ to review their CVs honestly and think about whether they would invite themselves to an interview if they were in the employer’s shoes. We then provided a CV template that could easily be edited to match different job applications.

If you missed the session, you can view the full Zoom presentation below.

Follow-up Support from Stockport Homes

If you have any questions about looking for work online, using job-boards to search for vacancies or updating your CV to match the job, the Employment Team at Stockport Homes can help.

They can support you with job searching and gaining work experience, identifying an apprenticeship, accessing training or work placements. Should you be looking to start your own business they can also assist you with advice and guidance on your new venture.

Whichever route you choose, there are many options available. Learn more about their services in the video below. Their weekly job searching session are currently online on Thursdays 10 am on Zoom. If you wish to take part, please email the team on employmentsupport@stockporthomes.org

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