Finding a Job – Employability Skills

Finding, preparing for, and holding down a job can be tough at the best of times, let alone in the post-COVID job landscape. First Intuition has put together a number of useful resources to help you navigate your way through the process of starting a new job.

From finding the right career for you to making a good impression on your first day, this article has a number of resources to help in all aspects of finding a job. Combining original content from First Intuition and links to other helpful resources.

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Finding a Job – Employability Skills

Finding, preparing for, and holding down a job can be tough at the best of times, let alone in the post-COVID job landscape. First Intuition has put together a number of useful resources to help you navigate your way through the process of starting a new job.

From finding the right career for you to making a good impression on your first day, this article has a number of resources to help in all aspects of finding a job. Combining original content from First Intuition and links to other helpful resources.

Employability skills can be learnt and improved to help increase your chances of finding a job. It is not always clear what will help you find and succeed in a job, especially when this varies from industry to industry. However, this article includes some useful resources that are relevant for applying and starting most roles. Including how to find the right career for you, how to apply and interview for a role, as well as what to do once you have been offered a job, and how to make a good impression once you start.

This article is relevant to anyone looking for help and advice on how to find a job. The resources will also help answer questions on topics that are often not included in employability skills, including what to look out for in your contract of employment, office etiquette, and salary negotiations.

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FINDING THE RIGHT CAREER PATH

JOB APPLICATIONS

PREPARING FOR INTERVIEWS

BEFORE YOU START THE ROLE

STARTING THE ROLE

FINDING THE RIGHT CAREER PATH

Work Experience

Work experience is a great way to get a feel for what it is like to work in the industry you want to start a career in. Work experience can help confirm your next career step and show employers you have appropriate experience and transferable skills. Below are some links to useful resources on how to get work experience and make the most out of it.

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Getting work experience:

Getting the most out of work experience:

Research

Before you start looking for a job it is important you have done some research into the industry you want to go into. There are lots of useful resources such as the career tests below to help you decide what career is for you. Once you know what career path is right for you, the next step is to look at entry-level jobs within it. Looking at entry-level roles will help establish if you have the qualifications/ skills needed to apply.

Searching companies before you apply is also extremely important to check that the business is aligned with your values, is a good fit, and that you want to work there. Researching a business before you apply is also important so you can talk about it and tailor your application. Below are some helpful resources to help you research your future job.

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Finding the right career:

How to job hunt:

Apprenticeships vs University

University is not the only option for school and college leavers. Apprenticeships have been growing in popularity and credibility over the years and are now a viable path for young adults to take with benefits including zero debt and on-the-job training. Find more information about apprenticeships and how they compare to university using the links below.

Video: The Skills I use Every Day as an Apprentice

Video: Apprenticeships: Off The Job Training

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Article: The Benefits for Employers and Students

Apprenticeships vs university:

Working out which university is right for you:

Choosing the right course at university:

Gaining Transferable Skills

There are certain core skills employers look for in potential candidates that show they are capable of working in a professional environment. These are called transferable skills or soft skills. These attributes also show employers if you will be a good fit for the team, demonstrate what a candidate can bring to a role as a new starter, and how much they’ve learnt from previous positions or experiences. Below are some links to useful information about gaining transferable skills.

Video: The Skills Employers are Looking for

Video: The Three Most Important Transferable Skills

Video: Getting your Skills Across in Interviews

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Types of transferable skills:

Talking about transferable skills:

JOB APPLICATIONS

CV Writing

Your CV is often the most important part of your application and is the best place to showcase your skills and attributes to recruiters and potential employers. Companies with hundreds to thousands of applications may only skim-read CVs so it is essential to make your’s stand out and has no mistakes! Below are some links to useful tips for writing your CV.

Video: CV Tips with our Business Development Manager

Video: CV Tips with a Success Recruit

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How to structure a CV:

What to include in a CV:

Cover Letters

A lot of job applications will require cover letters alongside a CV. Cover letters offer the chance to expand on things in your CV and further showcase your skills and abilities. A cover letter is ultimately another opportunity to persuade your reader to meet you so is important to get right. Below are some helpful links to writing a cover letter.

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How to write a cover letter:

Online Presence

Online presence is the collective existence of a business or an individual that is found online via searches. Social media has meant almost everyone has some form of online presence that employers will often use when considering who to hire. It is becoming more and more important to develop a strong personal brand that shows recruiters that you’re a professional who knows how to manage their online image and use social networks to their advantage.

PDF document: Top 10 tips to make your online presence employer ready

PDF document: How to optimise your LinkedIn profile

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Managing your online presence:

Optimising your LinkedIn profile:

PREPARING FOR INTERVIEWS

Pre Interview Preparation

Congratulations if you have made it to the interview stage! Just like all employability skills, interviews can be learnt and mastered. There are certain dos and don’ts to make a good impression and effectively convince your interviewer why you are right for the role. See below for links to useful information and techniques for interviews.

Video: Interview Dos and Don’ts

Video: Interview Preparation

Video: Getting your Skills Across in Interviews

Video: Team FI’s Top Interview Tips

Video: Interview Tips with a Success Recruit

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Article: Helping you to Prepare for Difficult Interview Questions

How to impress in an interview:

How to prepare for an interview:

Answering questions in interviews:

Finding a job - employability skills

What to Wear

Interviews are your chance to make a good impression on your potential employer. What you wear can have a lasting impact so it is important to look presentable and show professionalism. Below are links to useful resources on what to wear for an interview.

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What to wear in an interview:

Phone/ Online Interviews

BEFORE YOU START THE ROLE

Contract of Employment

Once you’ve been offered a job, you will have to sign a contract of employment. Below are some links to useful resources regarding what to do with your contract of employment and what to look out for.

Video: Contracts and Codes of Conduct

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Things to know before you sign an employment contract:

Understanding Pay

There are a number of things your employer will need before they can set you up on payroll. Some of these things you will need to have prepared in advance. It is also important to know when you will be paid and how much you will take away after tax. Below are some links to useful resources about understanding your pay and getting on your company’s payroll.

Video: Understanding Your Pay

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How you get paid at work:

Tax forms:

STARTING THE ROLE

First Impressions

Most companies will have a probation period in their employability contracts. This is a period of time to impress your new boss and colleagues to ensure you are kept on. Even though you may not know how to do particular parts of your role when you first start a new job, there are some things you can still do to make a good impression on your co-workers. Below are some links to useful tips and information on how to make a great first impression.

Video: How to Make a Good First Impression

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Tips for making a good impression at work:

Office Etiquette & Professional Behaviour

When you start in a new role, particularly if it is your first job, it can be difficult to navigate your way around office culture and know how to act or what you can do to help. However, some parts of office etiquette are universal and even it is your first job your employer will expect you to act professionally. Find some helpful links and information on how to act professionally in the workplace.

Video: Professional Behaviours

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How to write a professional email:

Using your phone at work:

Being Proactive

One of the most important things you can do when starting a new job to impress your colleagues and progress quickly is to use your initiative and be proactive. Below are links to some useful tips and information on how to be proactive in the workplace.

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Tips on how to be proactive at work:

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