Support that's personal to you
The Community Skills team offer flexible, personal 121 support on a range of subjects including digital skills, mock interviews, confidence building, skills checks and a whole lot more! We can help you:
- Prepare for a return to work
- Find your first job
- Change your current job
- Access volunteering
- Find work experience and learning opportunities
We can also help you deal with any challenges or obstacles that are holding you back in your job search. There are so many ways we can help you take your next step:
- Accessing local resources and digital/IT equipment
- Writing your CV and improving your interview skills
- Exploring local volunteering opportunities
- Building an individual personal development plan
- Getting to grips with job centre requirements
- Understanding and working with Universal Credit
Writing your CV
There are lots of different ways a company can ask you to apply for a role with them - an application form, a test or a CV. It’s best to have a professional looking, up-to-date CV ready before you start applying for new roles:
- To meet job centre requirements
- To send speculative enquiries to potential employers
- To register with an employment agency
- To refer to when filling in an application form
Top tips for a standout CV
Make sure it’s no longer than two pages long. Use bullet points instead of sentences to save space.
Put your name at the top of the document and in the file name. It helps your CV stand out and makes it easier for recruiters to get in touch.
You can have a few versions of your CV to send to employers in different sectors, emphasising different skills depending on the industry.
Use a clear, plain font such as Calibri, Verdana or Arial and use a straight-forward layout.
Looking for your next job
Searching for a job independently can feel like a lot of work, especially if you’ve been looking for a long time. Still, it’s a great opportunity to research local companies and identify some places you’d really like to work. To really organise and maximise your job search, try making a list of the companies that you might really like to work with and think about how to make yourself stand out to them:
- See if they have any vacancies on their website. Not all companies use recruitment agencies!
- Sign up to newsletters or even read their blogs if they have them. This can really help you prepare for an interview, too.
- Follow them on social media and interact with their posts from time to time.
- Try sending a speculative letter. Introduce yourself, let them know you are interested in working for them and enclose your CV.
If you or someone you know needs help to get a digital device or digital access you may be able to get help from the Norfolk Assistance Scheme. We can help you with your application.
Contacting a recruiter
The good news is you can register with as many employment agencies as you like. Some of them have specialist areas, so take time to speak with the right ones. Of course, you can also follow local companies or employment agencies on social media to stay up-to-date with the local jobs market. Smaller companies often share their vacancies on social media – especially LinkedIn!
When you’re ready to speak to a company or employment agency, don’t forget:
- Make sure your CV shows skills appropriate for the job you are applying for, is spellchecked and has up-to-date contact details.
- Always write a cover letter, email or message - even if it’s short. This shows the company you’re serious about working with them, and it helps you stand out!
- If you’re asked to write a formal personal statement, make sure you give evidence for all the points required – go through them one by one.
Building a job search routine establishes good habits and helps you be more organised. We can help you develop and establish all these skills, and more! Get in touch for personalised help and guidance.