This is the time of the year when school leavers decide on their next stage in life. Some will go onto college, some will travel the world, while others will look for employment. As part of the process of leaving, Year 11 students are given advice and guidance on having a great CV to hand into businesses. Having looked at hundreds on CV’s in the past, and then deciding on who to ring up, my advice is to keep it simple. Include the correct contact details such as your current mobile number, make sure your date of birth is shown, then we can work out how old you are and new working rules means the company has to check you have a right to work in the UK. It should be typed and presented correctly, handwritten CV’s are a complete non starter. Keep it to one or two A4 pages, you can expand into further details during the interview conversation. Don’t lie, you will be found out and easily dismissed because of this. Most importantly, be prepared to answer an unknown number. If you don’t, the recruitment manager might just move onto the next person.
First impressions are very important if you make it to the interview stage. Time keeping is a must, arrive 10/15 minutes early. Be confident and think of it as having a conversation with somebody on the bus. The person sat on the other side of the desk once had their first interview, so they know how you feel. Dressing smart and looking neat and tidy is a must. I’ve mentioned this before, but it is one of my favourite stories, I once waited for over an hour for someone to show up for a interview, I found out afterwards that they went to the wrong store in a completely different town!
In previous blog postings, I have written about the Jobs Fair created by Nigel Adams MP. The event took place in October 2014 at Selby College. I was unable to attend myself, but my business partner, Janet took my place and said it was very successful. Over 700 people visited during the day, and hopefully the 500+ jobs will be allocated to some of the visitors very soon. I have volunteered to look at all of the CV’s handed in and write any tips or suggestions to help job seekers get a bit further along the path to employment. If a new or improved CV gets that person to the interview stage then I’ll be happy. Once again, people we’re very surprised that businesses, the local MP, Nigel Adams and his team wanted to help them find employment for free. Some of us have been in their shoes and needed help and guidance at the time. The job centre and Selby college also helped plan the event. Some of the CV’s handed in had seven pages of detailed employment history over the last thirty years, while others we’re fresh out of school and have no employment history at all. Will the reader give these the time of day when they have another forty sat on their desk? I will highlight some changes, and write to them with my suggestions. I hope they take these ideas in a positive way, as I know they have put a lot of time and effort into producing their first version. My tips will include the obvious basics such as adding the correct phone number. How can a requirement manager get you in for an interview without the correct phone number to ring?
Trophy Blog #112 – Recently we attended the 4th Selby Jobs Fair, This is the newspaper column I did on the day. – Selby Fairs Fair is being held in the Selby College sports hall for most of the day. LRB Trophies has again agreed to volunteer my time to give out free helpful advice to the 800+ job seekers who will be attending during the day. I have done this at the previous fairs to help people with CV issues or seeking employment. This time last year I offered to look at over 30 different CV’s. In the weeks that followed, I wrote to all the people who handed them in giving tips and guidance. Each CV had something that could be changed or added. The aim is to get that CV to the top of the pile. I’m going to do the same this year and offer basic tips, tweaks and improvements. Some I can spot within a few seconds, such as having a phone number for the recruitment manager to ring, others might be nearly perfect and don’t need much help. The Fair is once again organised by my LBA award business mentor, Nigel Adams MP. He and his team are working with the job centre and also the team at Selby College. Over 40 businesses are working together in the same room at the same time. Job seekers are able to talk to as many people as possible in the same day. This year over 500 jobs are available it will be great to hear of some good news stories from successful people in the future. Last year we had a person offered an interview within ten minutes of arriving and someone else starting their new job the very next day. Companies involved at last years event included Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Heineken, Drax Power and Shepherd Construction.
LRB Trophies Will be attending the SELBY JOBS FAIR offering FREE CV help and guidance.
For the 3rd year in a row, Business Partner, Steve Butler will be giving up his time to help Job seekers. Using his previous management and recruitment experiance, he will offer tips and guidance on CV’s. He will take in current CV’s and give his honest opinion to see if it can be improved or changed. Some basic errors are made such as not putting on a contact number or having it run over to 4 or 5 pages.
Full details can be found via: http://www.selbyandainsty.com/jobs-fair
Taken from the Jobs fair website:
Press coverage can be found in The Press here
and also here
Coverage on Minster FM here
Following last years event, Mr Adams said: “It was fantastic, the best Jobs Fair we’ve had yet” – “The first person came in at 9.15am, and the first person to tell us they had an interview lined up was at 9.25am. We also had a lady who secured a job on Thursday and started on Friday.” Mr Adams said there was a correlation between the lower attendance at this year’s jobs fair and the reduction in unemployment since last year, but said he would continue to hold the events until they were no longer needed. He said: “The previous events have been a real success, but there was great feedback from jobseekers and employers who were impressed with the quality of candidates.” Unemployment in Selby and Ainsty is down by over 45% since the last election and successes at this years Jobs Fair have contributed to the jobless total falling especially youth unemployment which is down by over a third since 2010.
Companies at Nigel’s 2013 Jobs Fair included Marks & Spencer, John Lewis Partnership, Heineken, Caddick Construction, Drax Power, Lindum Construction, Shepherd Construction plus many others.
Blog #48 ~ Part 2 – In last weeks ‘Trading Up’ column I gave you some information on the work I did for the job seekers who attended the Selby Jobs Fair. It was recently held in the Selby College sports hall and over 800 people visited. I volunteered to give up my day to give out free advice, tips and suggestions to job seekers who handed in CV’s. If a new and improved CV gets you to the next stage then I’ll be very happy. Some people we’re very surprised that local people wanted to help them find employment and wanted to know the catch. There isn’t one, we just want to help! During the last week or so, I have looked at twenty three different CV’s. It has taken longer than planned as each one was so different. Some had five pages of detailed employment history over the last thirty years, while others we’re fresh out of school and had no employment history at all. I highlighted some changes, and have written to them with my suggestions. I hope they take these ideas in a positive way, as I know they have put a lot of time and effort into producing their first version. My tips included the obvious basics such as adding the correct phone number. How can a requirement manager get hold of you without the correct contact information? You have to put yourself in the CV readers shoes, they might not have access to an outside search engine or email system while at work, so adding a good old fashioned phone number is vital. These days you also need to add your Date of Birth so the CV reader can do some background checks. Before offering you a job they must know that you have the right to work in the UK.
Blog #47 – Last week I set up a stand at the Selby Jobs Fair held in the Selby College sports hall. I volunteered to give out free helpful advice to the 800+ job seekers who attended. At one stage I thought I would loose my voice as so many people had different issues or stories to tell about their experiences at seeking employment. During the day I offered to look at twenty three different CV’s. By the time you read this column I will have hopefully written to all the people who handed them in. I’m going to offer them some tips, tweaks and improvements. Some I spotted within a few seconds, others might be nearly perfect and don’t need much help. The Fair was organised by my LBA award business mentor, Nigel Adams MP. He and his team worked with the job centre and they pulled out all the stops to get it working. It was great to see over 40 businesses working together in the same room at the same time. It made it easy for Job seekers to talk to as many people as possible in the same day. With over 500 jobs available it will be great to hear of some good news stories in the future. If I hear any myself, I will let you all know in future columns. Some big nation wide retailers such as McDonald’s and Marks & Spenser’s worked along side the likes of LRB Trophies. We also had Selby based IceTec Ltd offering their training courses to help gain qualifications.