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Getting Job Ready

​​​​​gght employment teamDo you need support in gaining employment?  

Our dedicated Employment Initiatives team can support you by:
  • Matching you with exclusive GGHT and partners employment opportunities
  • Ensuring you have an up to date CV
  • Developing your application writing and interview skills
  • Supporting your job searches on Universal Jobmatch service (see below)
  • Identifying funds for the smooth transition into employment

For help with job search​, our dedicated Employment Initiatives Team are on hand to support you in every step of your journey.  Contact Chris Roberts or Karen Mackie in our Employment Team on 01925 452452 ​for more details about all our employment initiatives in your area.
 
GGHT Employment Support Fund...
Do you need help with any expenses to get to work?  Or travel to an interview? We have an Employment Support Fund that can help!  Examples of Expenses we can help with are..…
  • Travel Expenses to attend an interview.
  • Clothing for a formal interview.
  • Clothing/Protective Clothing and or tools to start a job.
  • The cost of essential training to enable you to start a job.
  • Initial cost of travel to work prior to receiving your first wage.

Please click here to download the application form (pdf) and return to the GGHT Employment Team by email to wp@gght.org.uk or post to GGHT, Employment Team, PO BOX 118, Warrington, WA1 8FB.

Universal Jobmatch... 
Universal Jobmatch, the free, online, job posting and matching service.  It is one of the largest jobsites in the UK and will be available in English and Welsh.  Companies and jobseekers can use the new service's features by setting up a Universal Jobmatch account.

To do this, they will need a Government Gateway Account ID and password, and an email address. This can be done on the GOV.UK website  
 
Connect 17 – access to employment
The Connect 17 bus route allows people easier access to Lingley Mere & Birchwood and easier access to employment opportunities.  The  bus and route will allow people to travel direct to key business areas without having to change in town.  

WBC also have 'Travel Advisors' to assist people in deciding the best routes travelling to and from work and there are leaflets available in Warrington Bus Terminus describing public transport links to the major employment areas across the town.  To find out more information on the service, including full route details contact Network Warrington direct on 01925 634296, via the website www.networkwarrington.co.uk, Facebook /networkwarrington, Twitter @networkwarrington or in person at the Travel Centre at Warrington Interchange.​

  
Accordion Description
  
  • ​Think of job hunting as your job - Work at in specific hours, have a break, fit it in around any family commitments, as that is what you would have to do if you were working.
  • Identify what skills you already have (transferrable skills) and what skills you will need — especially computer skills. Employers favour applicants with existing, relevant skills who can step in immediately, or with minimal training. Make sure you know and possess the skills required for the jobs you are applying for.
  • Sell yourself – Don’t just say you have the skills………PROVE IT! For instance when a role requires excellent IT skills, don’t just say “I have excellent IT skills”, prove it by saying “I am proficient in the use of IT, particularly Microsoft Office (and all subsequent updates including 2010)”
  • Set yourself realistic targets - Before you do anything in a job search, take time to decide which kind of job you really want. Look at the different job descriptions and person specifications, and see which match your skills, personality, and experience.
  • Be flexible – Don’t limit yourself to one particular job role, but instead look at a range of jobs that match your skills. For instance if you’ve worked in retail, look at other customer facing roles such as Customer Service, Reception or Hospitality roles.
  • Make sure you have a dynamic, PERSONAL CV that details your skills, achievements, and experience - Make sure that your CV is more than just a boring list of your past jobs and responsibilities. Emphasise abilities, achievements, and attributes that are likely to interest employers in your target areas.
  • Make sure your CV & Cover Letter are tweaked for EVERY application – Employers hate to see CV’s and cover letters that look like they have been sent to 20-30 different companies. Take a little time to tailor your CV to match the skills needed for the role you apply for, and personalise your Cover Letter to the company  you are sending it to, ensuring that you have detailed examples of how you fit their desired criteria. It may be time consuming, but it DOES pay off!
  • Network. Network. Network - Be on the lookout for jobs fairs, employment events and roadshows in your local area; take your CV along, dress to impress.
  • Research the Employer - There is no excuse for lack of research; all employers will expect you to know who they are and what they do, and also what the job entails. Use the internet to research the company, look at their achievements etc.
  • Stay positive – It isn’t a crime to be unemployed! Difficult as it may be, try not get bogged down in a "what’s the point?" syndrome. Don’t let job -searching take over your life. Try to exercise daily (exercise does wonders for relieving stress and depression). Look to friends and family for support. Set aside at least one day a week when you don’t even think about your job search.
  • Keep up appearances - Regardless of what you may be doing in connection with your job search, do your best to look your best. Whenever you leave your home, ask yourself, "Do I look like the kind of person I would hire?"
  • Look at temporary employment - Working in temporary roles does more than give you some income while you’re searching for a full-time job. It helps you develop new skills and get a taste for different types of companies and work environments. It can also often lead to full-time work.
  • Go online to increase your options - Take advantage of the many online job searching resources The National Careers Service,  is a particularly excellent resource) to broaden your employability skills and enhance your job prospects. A good place to begin your online job hunt is by registering for e-mail alerts from Job Search websites such as www.direct.gov.uk, www.indeed.co.uk or www.totaljobs.co.uk​.
  • Fail to prepare – Prepare to fail – If you do get invited to an interview, your interview starts the moment you open the envelope. Be prepared to spend at least a day finding out whatever you can about the company that’s interviewing you. Be ready to talk about what the company does and connect your skills, qualifications, and attributes to the job requirements and the challenges the company is facing. Ensure your prepare a suitable interview outfit well in advance, and plan your route to get you to the interview 30 minutes before you are due, to allow for traffic delays.
  • Respect the little things that can make a big difference at a job interview - Arrive a few minutes early, be impeccably groomed, dress appropriately, treat everyone you meet with respect, handle yourself professionally and courteously in the reception room, and make a confident entrance into the interview room, remembering to smile and offer a handshake.
  • Show enthusiasm — and sell yourself! Let the best of you shine through in your interviews. Listen actively. Make eye contact. Be upbeat and sell your strengths. Be on the lookout for signs the interviewers are getting bored, don’t waffle, give actual examples of excellence in a particular field.
  • Ask Questions – When asked “Do you have any questions?” be ready with a couple of questions that establish how much you want THIS job, not just A job. Good questions could be “This seems an excellent company to work for, what career progression routes would be available to me?”…….or “If successful, I want to make a strong start in my role, what would you say are my key targets in the first 3 months?”