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8 Simple Steps to
Securing a New Job

‘Steps to Success’ programme

The Skillsarena ‘Steps to Success’ programme has been designed by a group of recruitment, assessment and interview professionals.

Their collective knowledge has been formed into a simple suite of information the offers easy to follow advice on securing a new job.

If followed and used effectively, the steps will help you optimise your job search. 

Each step is linked to the next and will equip you with the tools and knowledge needed to ensure your job hunt is as successful as it can be.

The information is provided as a free, self-paced set of information which can be adopted wholly, in part or as you see fit. It does not guarantee a job.

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Our top 5 tips for securing a new job

To help you get off to a flying start, we’ve prepared some top tips on how to navigate through the employment maze.

Tip 1: Focus on you

Look after number one. It’s down to you. It’s highly unlikely that anyone is going to hand it to you on a plate. If you want a job you are going to have to go and get it.

Let the employer worry about whether you have the right skills and do NOT underestimate your abilities. Just because you haven’t done that job before or have the necessary experience doesn’t mean it isn’t for you.

Understand your transferable skills. These are the core skills you have, have learnt or have experience in that can be used in your next role.

Tip 2: Proof read your CV and ask for comments!

There is simply NO excuse for “pour spelin and gramer” in your CV.

Even if you can’t spell, the computer does it for you and puts a big red line under it. Poor spelling and grammar will stand out a mile and if nothing else, screams laziness.

Use spell checkers and then have it reviewed by trusted people who will give you constructive feedback. (note that close family maybe trusted but may not be the best people for critical feedback) You will have many professional people through contacts of contacts who would more than happy to review your CV for you. Ask them for help and take their comments on board.

If your CV has been written for you by a family friend or and agency perhaps, learn it! This is YOUR CV and a YOUR shop window. You will be expected to know it inside out, upside down and be able to expand and elaborate on any part or it. Especially your work history and experiance.

Tip 3: Keep notes on your job applications

If you apply or register interest for a job make a note of the company and the job title. Keep this with you!

Imagine being contacted by a potential employer and not remembering anything about the job! “Which job is this..” As an employer / Agent who has been excited about your CV and has made the effort to call you,  this can feel disrespectful and leave them underwhelmed. Not a good start.

When you get a call remember to act enthusiastically and professionally.

Tip 4: Money, Money, Money

Look at your work/life balance. Lets face it, very few people work for free. Most of us have bills to pay, lives to live and dreams to follow. However, be realistic! 

Money is NOT everything. Numerous employee surveys put recognition, reward, belonging and being part of something way above money.  

This does not mean you should undervalue yourself. However, doing something you enjoy for  good company will be far more rewarding that waking up every morning dreading going to work.  

Tip 5: What do most employers really want?
  1. Someone who is reliable, trustworthy, honest and dependable.
  2. Someone who is enthusiastic, personable and does what they say they will do. 
  3. Someone who that wants THEIR job rather than any old job
  4. Someone who wants to work here and is enthusiastic about the product / company
  5. Someone who has the right core skills
  6. Someone who has the will and capability to learn
  7. Someone who they want to work with every day! (be you!)
Tip 6: Read the Steps to Success Guides

We agree its 1 hour of your life you will never get back!

But its 1 hour of your time that could change your life!

You have nothing to loose and everything to gain. 

Overview of the 8 Steps

Step 1: Where to begin

Focuses on where to begin when looking for a job. Areas covered within this module include where to look for jobs, agencies to use and how to schedule priorities to ensure you maximise your time and effort.

Step 3: Preparing a covering letter

Designed to give you an overview of the purpose, construction and content of a cover letter. The cover letter is the sales pitch for your CV and a must if you are to grab the attention of a prospective employer.

Step 5: The interview

Designed to guide you through the interview process. With tips and advice, this is invaluable and if used effectively, will help you to avoid interview pitfalls and ensure you are fully prepared for your next interview.

Step 7: Body language

Designed to give you an overview of body language, in the context of attending an interview and making an impact for the right reasons. Providing a valuable insight into what your body, tone and mannerrisms are saying about you!

Step 2: Creating your CV

Focuses on the creation of your CV. Presents you with tips on how to create a relevant and eye-catching resume whilst still including essential information in a proffessional and structured way.

Step 4: Completing the application form

Designed to guide you through the importance of application forms. Everything from your wording, to how you fill these forms in matters. Make sure you take advantage of this insider information as you only get one chance.

Step 6: Interview questions

Provides you with a selection of interview questions that include both person specific and structured questions. This module will help you with your answers and how to put your point across in a relevant and professional way.

Step 8: All important feedback

Designed to give you an overview of the options and methods to elicit feedback. This module will help you detach the emotion from rejection and allow you to grow and learn from each experience.