Not having the security of a job can be physically and mentally draining. You can feel as if you’ve not achieving anything, or feel you don’t have the relevant skills to apply. However, the best way to build your confidence is to gain experience in the working field. Improving your employability is one of the best ways to do just that.
Your employability is essential to a gaining a career. There are certain characteristics and skills that every employer looks for in a candidate; if you lack the experience in those areas, then it will be harder for you to find a job. At 360 Apprenticeships we aim to place as many unemployed people into full time jobs. We think it is important to be motivated and be a supportive team who commit to assisting candidates as best we can.
How we can get you there
Our courses are a great way for you to gain a nationally recognised qualification, experience and confidence within the sector. These are just some of the aspects employers look for in potential candidates. We work closely with grade 1 and 2 training providers offering a number of fantastic apprenticeships. Our providers and courses include Business Administration, Digital Marketing, IT and much more.
360 Apprenticeships are committed to finding a job which is best suited to you. However, it is important that you also up-skill yourself to build and expand on your skill set. The more experience or qualifications you can add to your CV, the better you will look in comparison to the competition.
Hints and Tips
When you start look for an apprenticeship, be realistic about the skills that you possess. For example, if you apply for an IT role (which requires knowing how to dismantle computers or updating software) yet you have never done anything IT related, it is very unlikely that you will be offered an interview. So be truthful to yourself and see what skills you already have.
Interpersonal skills are important and they apply to almost every role in the world today. These can stem from your regular skill set, but these are important to possess even when applying an apprenticeship role. Every employer look for apprentices who have strong communication skills, the ability to work well in a team, a strong work ethic, confidence (in both their work and themselves) and much more.
No one will become a manager or executive of a business on their first day of work. Some of the biggest names had to start in the same position as you, it’s only with determination and start from the bottom can you work your way to the top. An apprenticeship will get you on the career ladder, towards a well regarded position.
It is important to always update your CV, even if it is just minor changes. Employers want to see your most recent CV as it will clearly let them know about your working habits and new skills you may have learned.
Many employers look at social media accounts of candidates who apply for specific roles. Here they can understand if your personality would them and much more. So always make sure that your accounts are suitable. Another great way to attract employers on Social Media is to set up a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is specifically used by employers and businesses for news, updates and even to find new employees.
Don’t wait for opportunities to come to your door, you need to actively looking to be able to find the right apprenticeship/role for you. Keep searching on job boards for positions, sign up to open days or even get in contact with recruiters like us!
When attending any interview you need to look presentable as it shows the employer how much you want the role. Turning up in joggers/jeans, trainers and a t-shirt gives the impression that you don’t really care. Even if you have secured the apprenticeship, continue to look smart and presentable in the workplace.
It is paramount that you are constantly adding to your CV making sure there are no big gaps. This will increase your Transferable Skills making you more appealing to a potential employer. Yet if you are looking to pursue a different career path, short online courses will give you the opportunity to build your knowledge.
These courses are a fantastic opportunity to up-skill yourself and gain a nationally recognised qualification. The average length of the short courses range from 6 – 12 weeks. You will receive expert training from one of the tutors who have years of industry experience. They will guide you through the process of the course and qualification and ensure you have maximised the opportunity.
We are here to give you any advice and guidance on what you can do to become more employable. Our team have designed a CV Builder to help you have a better insight into what to include on your CV. We know what certain employers look for in candidates allowing us to help you.
What You Can Do
Employers will notice when a candidate is committed to developing themselves and expanding on their skills. Your transferable skills is a topic that will definitely come up in an interview. Skills you may not think are relevant to the job role are also worth mentioning. This gives the employer a better idea of what you are capable of, where you can build and expand on your current skill set.
Experience is key, it all counts! Research on the job role and the company instantly increases your chances of getting the job. If you have genuine reasons as to why you want a job and why you want to work in the sector it is important to get these across in an interview.