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7 tips for how to get work-ready

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DWP’s Steve McCall offers tips on how to get work-ready, whether it’s to support the national effort or prepare for that an upcoming job opportunity.

  1. Get on the VIP list: We all hate spam mail but early alerts from recruiters and job sites can help you get first sight of that all-important job. Subscribe to vacancies notifications in your preferred field so you don’t miss out.
  2. Job-winning CV: Check that your CV is up-to-date and ready to go.
    If you’re applying for a job in a different sector or role, really draw out those transferable skills that demonstrate you have the knowhow and attitude to thrive in the job.
  3. Be a brainbox: Make the most of online training to help you upskill or reskill. The Skills Toolkit has free, high quality digital and numeracy courses from a range of providers such as Google Digital Garage, Lloyds Bank and Open University.
  4. Network, Network, Network (remotely): If you haven’t got one already, set up a LinkedIn profile. Ensure you have your settings so recruiters know you’re looking for opportunities so they can reach out to you.
  5. Hang out at the fair: There are some great virtual careers fairs taking place which can build contacts and give you face time with employers. Just remember that looking smart still counts.
  6. Squeaky-clean social profile: Look through your own social media and check there’s nothing you wouldn’t be happy for a potential employer to see.
  7. Go easy on yourself: Times are tough, we’re stuck indoors and putting yourself out there and applying for jobs can take its toll — this is normal. It can feel relentless but putting the hard yards in now will pay off in the end.