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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

8 Free Career Assessment Tools to Help Clients Find Their Fit
March 11, 2019
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Whether your client is just starting out in their career, or ready to make a career change, career assessments can be a helpful tool to spark ideas and identify strengths. Here are eight free career assessments to help get you started.  

Charity Village Career Assessment Questionnaire  

This multidimensional assessment offers guiding questions for clients around job/career satisfaction, career path/options, attitude/motivation and the role of their family in career change/job search. It also offers definitions for terminology used in the assessment, which could be helpful for clients who are using it independently. 

Motivational Appraisal Personal Potential (MAPP) Career Assessment 

The MAPP test comprises 71 questions exploring likes and dislikes and is meant to be done quickly, taking approximately 22 minutes to complete. Users must register to take the free sample assessment. Paid packages are also available, which offer different assessments and career matching opportunities.  Read more

Free Handbook – “Enhancing the Quality of Career Guidance” by Ronald Sultana
March 6, 2019
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This Handbook is one of the products of the MYFUTURE Erasmus+ project. It offers educational leaders and career guidance staff practical ways for improving the quality of career guidance products and services in their secondary schools (ages 11-16), with a special focus on career education.

The goal of the Handbook, and the frameworks, resources and tools it provides, are meant to be useful in catering more effectively for all students. However, a special emphasis is placed on the needs of those who, for different reasons, have disengaged from formal learning, or are in danger of doing so. Career guidance is one of the ways we have of re-igniting motivation in such students, especially when the service offered by the school is robust and fit for purpose.

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Mental Health Resources for Employers
February 26, 2019
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If you have staff who need support with their mental health, the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service delivered by Remploy, funded by the Department of Pensions, provides confidential mental health support in the workplace, at no cost to you.

To help you get the most out of the programme they have developed a simple toolkit with links to a variety of useful and valuable resources.

Download Your Copy HERE

The Australian Careers Service
February 26, 2019
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The Australian Careers Service (ACS) is an initiative of the Good Education Group — a careers and educational publisher, responsible for producing The Good Schools Guide and The Good Universities Guide.

ACS aims to support career education professionals by encouraging best practice and innovation in the delivery of career programs, promoting career education as a professional and recognised field, and providing a platform for networking and discussion. ACS members have access to a range of resources and events tailored to the career education industry, including newsletters and information seminars.

If you have clients who are exploring the opportunities of a career in Australia then you can access free online resources from their website. These include: Read more

Careers England Good Practice Commissioner Guide
February 20, 2019
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Careers England is delighted to share with you the report of their Task Group looking at best practice in Commissioning.

This valuable piece of work collects together lessons learned and observations from ‘the other side of the fence’. It’s a very useful insight into how providers feel in the commissioning process and gives an insight into approaches that can achieve better outcomes for commissioners, beneficiaries and providers, and improved value for money.

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Career Decision-Making Workbook
February 11, 2019
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Produced by The Canadian Career Development Foundation, this workbook has pages of questionnaires, activities and templates that you may be able to use or adapt to use with your own clients.

Career Decision-Making Workbook

Tackling Apprenticeship Gender Inequality by Unionlearn
February 4, 2019
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Unionlearn has produced a number of publications to help reps support apprentices in the workplacehttps://gallery.mailchimp.com/ebd004a8047907dc47d269fd1/images/78a3472a-012b-48ba-929b-3af494da2d1a.jpg

The Tackling apprenticeship gender inequality guide looks into why trade unions and union reps should negotiate for gender equality in apprenticeship programmes. The guide offers good practice examples and practical advice on issues which are pertinent for women entering apprenticeships such as improving women’s participation in male-dominated industries, addressing the quality and flexibility of apprenticeship programmes and questions about health and safety and pay.

Tackling apprenticeships gender inequality is part of a series exploring supporting under-represented apprenticeship groups. The other guides in the series are Supporting Black and minority ethnic apprentices and Accessible apprenticeships.

To view the publications online visit:
www.unionlearn.org.uk/publications

Free Resources from D2N2 LEP:
December 10, 2018
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Videos featuring the latest expert advice on improving and widening young people’s career prospects are being offered free to schools, as part of a project by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and partners. Although aimed at careers advice in schools using the Gatsby Career Benchmarks, the videos give ideas that could be useful in can IAG situation,

Nine videos cover the main points of the Gatsby Career Benchmarks; an internationally recognised ‘gold standard’ approach to the very best careers advice, aimed at schools and colleges. The thinking behind the Benchmarks is that careers should be embedded within all school subjects, that student access to real employment experience is vital to broadening their outlook on potential future jobs and that a pupil’s individual needs should be met.

The video series – funded by the Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Collaborative Outreach Programme (DANCOP), a collaboration of the two counties’ universities and colleges – are now available online for schools and colleges, and as a general educational resource, on the D2N2 LEP YouTube channel. CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW.

Project organisers the D2N2 LEP – the private sector-led Partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary services, promoting economic growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – and DANCOP say there is a real need for such a resource. The video series is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK. Read more

CDI Resources
November 22, 2018
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The CDI has produced an observation framework specific to IAG which if you haven’t already seen might be useful.

CDIThe framework is for the use of all career development professionals who carry out one-to-one interventions with clients. It has been developed principally for use with those professionals who work with young people in school/college but can also be used to assess the quality of interventions with other types of client.

 

It is particularly useful for those professionals who are working in schools/colleges who hold or are working towards the Quality in Careers Standard (QiCS), where quality checks of interventions is a requirement, and especially if the practitioner is self-employed or is employed directly by the school/college and is therefore not subject to quality checks already by their employer.

 

https://www.thecdi.net/QA-of-Career-Development-Interventions

Other resources from CDI that are useful are how you can use the National Occupational Standards to develop documents such as job descriptions, review frameworks etc:

https://www.thecdi.net/Use-of-the-NOS-by-Employers

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