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Resume Tips to Transform Your Job Search
March 18, 2019
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This is an extract from the  post  56 Resume Tips to Transform Your Job Search that first Jobscan Blog.

Creating a resume for your job search should be easy. Download a template, write up your work and education history, then fire it off to eager potential employers. But once you start, the questions start piling up. Are objective statements still a thing? Do I put the company name or my job title first? Which skills and duties do they care about? How small can I make my fonts and margins to fit everything on a single page? And what’s this I’m hearing about applicant tracking systems?

We’ve got answers– 56 resume tips to guide you through the process.

Every Time: Name, phone number, and email address: With so much else to consider, job seekers sometimes forget to make themselves reachable. Just ask an experienced recruiter.

Ensure that your name is prevalent at the top of your resume, followed closely by a personal phone number and email address. Don’t use your work contact information if you have other options. Read more

ERSA Invitation to Take Part in Employability Day 2019 on 28 June
March 18, 2019
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ERSA – the representative body for the employment support sector – are planning the fourth annual UK Employability Day taking place on Friday 28 June.
Employability Day is an opportunity to demonstrate the importance of employment support at the frontline. Thousands of charities, businesses and public bodies across the country will host events and promote their achievements on social media and to local press.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to highlight your work and ERSA would be delighted if you would join the celebrations. Here are a few examples of how to take part (although any ideas are very welcome):

  1. Host a visit from local stakeholders, such as MPs, councillors or employers, to show them what you do.
  2. Celebrate your achievements over the last year with a party for jobseekers and staff which you can promote online and share with local press.
  3. Help support the day on social media using the hashtag #EmpDay19.

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8 Mistakes You Should Never Make in Your First Job

Asking people what their first job was can lead to some surprising answers

The founder of Amazon worked on the grill at McDonald’s and Steve Jobs had a summer job at HP where he met the co-founder of Apple. The bottom line is we all start somewhere, and how we conduct ourselves in our first jobs, can pave the way for a successful career.

Sophie Graham, Careers Adviser at the National Careers Service offers her top tips on things you should ~never~ do in a new job.

  1. Don’t have the wrong attitude

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Key Milestones for Women in Justice
March 15, 2019
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Women often get overlooked in the justice sector, however as the infographic shows women have been instrumental to helping the justice system to be what it is today.

The infographic below produced by Skills for Justice only captures a few key milestones to show how far we’ve come.  Read more

ViewPoint: Top Tips for Recruiting the Best Apprentices
March 14, 2019
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With the end of the academic year approaching, recruitment for apprenticeships is likely to be the focus of many L&D managers. FrancesFrances Nicholson NicholsonHead Of Operations at National Skills Academy for Health,  shares her views on “how to get the cream of the crop”.

Be modern, social and mobile friendly
The young people of today have grown up in the digital age and are incredibly tech savvy so you need to engage with them through online platforms. You can reach out to the post-millennial generation through social media rather than simply relying on the Find an Apprenticeship website.

Use your recruitment strategy to try to engage people who might not have even considered apprenticeships yet. Link your social media posts to your careers site so prospective candidates can find out more about the culture of your organisation. Read more

ESFA Update: 13 March 2019

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

Spring Statement 2019
March 14, 2019
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The Chancellor has presented his Spring Statement to Parliament – here’s a summary of what he saidplaceholder

Education and skills

Ensuring people have the skills that employers need is vital to creating the workforce of the future. The Budget set out steps to equip people with the skills to succeed in the modern economy, and today the Chancellor announced:

  • updates to apprenticeship reforms announced at Budget that mean from April 1st employers will see the co-investment rate they pay cut by a half from 10% to 5%, at the same time as levy-paying employers are able to share more levy funds across their supply chains, with the maximum amount rising from 10% to 25%
  • to tackle period poverty in schools, the Department for Education will lead work to develop a national scheme in England to provide free sanitary products to girls in secondary schools
  • the government has appointed Professor Arindajit Dube to undertake a review of the latest international evidence on the impact of minimum wages, to inform future National Living Wage policy after 2020

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Graduates Worried About Job Prospects Post-Brexit
March 13, 2019
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Most graduates (78%) think that Brexit will negatively affect their careers, according to research by Milkround

A further 52% of this year’s graduate pool think it will be more difficult to secure a graduate role, similarly to the period following the 2008 financial crash.

Half (50%) of those that graduated during the global financial crisis said they found it more difficult to secure a graduate job because of the crash, taking an average of eight months to find their first career job. Ten years on, three-fifths (58%) say the 2008 crisis had a negative impact on their career.

The financial crisis also in some cases obstructed 2008 graduates’ entry into their desired field, with half (50%) saying they had to change their post-university plans and three-fifths (62%) taking a job in a different sector because of lack of available roles.

Milkround warned that this year’s graduates are taking a similar approach to delaying their entry into the job market, with 55% planning to postpone looking for their first role. Sixty per cent expect to take a position in a different sector, 18% think they will need to do temporary work and 9% plan to go travelling instead. The results also reveal a 15% rise in the number of graduates planning to take up a postgraduate qualification rather than heading straight into work. Read more

The Trends of End-Point Assessment Methods Selected
March 13, 2019
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The following research was carried out by Strategic Development Network (SDNStrategic Development Network (SDN)

The picture overall

End-point assessment is new for everyone. Most of those involved in trailblazer groups and end-point assessment delivery would agree that assessment plan design has improved as we’ve gone along.

So what, in general, is the approach now taken by trailblazer groups? Most assessment plans include an average of three assessment methods. These can be broken down into three broad categories: Read more

8 Entry Level Jobs in Industries You Might Not Have Heard Of
March 12, 2019
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With influencers, YouTubers and Artificial Intelligence drastically switching up the career landscapes, there’s no end to the amount of jobs currently available that haven’t been before.

1. AI Ex­pert8 entry level jobs in industries you might not have heard of

Entry level role: IT Support Technician

From voice assistants and chatbots, to smart home devices and robot nannies (yes, really!), AI is reshaping our modern lives and the world as we know it. Scary or exciting?

Either way, artificial intelligence is fast becoming a popular degree choice, and as demands for revolutionary technology increase – and we become more dependent on smart devices – so too will careers in this dynamic field. As a result, AI and machine learning experts will play an increasingly important role in the future of our digital world. Watch this space.

Routes in: You could either start work with a technology, data or AI firm, as a support technician for example, after doing GCSEs or A levels. Alternatively, a higher or degree apprenticeship in IT would point you in the direction, as it means you could continue studying for further qualifications in the industry while also being paid. Read more

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