How do you know if you are ready to enter the World of Work? Here at The Kingsbury School, we help our students to develop the employability skills they will need to enter the job market when they finish school, including support with producing a CV, writing a cover letter, completing a job application and preparing for an interview!
A CV is often the first step in applying for many jobs and apprenticeships – starting one can be quite daunting for students, so as well as the resources and templates available below, Mrs Bracher is always available on breaks or lunchtimes when back in school to help students start, change or complete their CVs. In the mean time due to the current situation, you can contact Mrs Bracher on: firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be more than happy to contact you.
How to write a CV:
As technology has changed the way that people apply for jobs and made it easier and easier to send many applications at once via email or a job search engine, it has become even more important to stand out from the crowd and that is what a cover letter can allow you to do! Check out the links below for more information about cover letters and how to write them or Mrs Bracher is always available on breaks or lunchtimes when back in school to help students . In the mean time due to the current situation, you can contact Mrs Bracher on: email@example.com and she will be more than happy to contact you.
How to write a covering letter:
There are many ways to fill in a job application today, from the traditional paper application to the much more common online application – these can involve completing all sorts of details about yourself, from education and work history through to your greatest achievements outside of school and sometimes even involve online skills tests or personality quizzes to help the employer get a better idea of what you are like as a person! Have a look at the links below to find out more about job applications and have a go at completing the attached template if you are feeling confident!
Preparing for an interview for a job, college course, apprenticeship or any other opportunity can often feel incredibly daunting, particularly if you haven’t done one before! As well as the great tips and advice found on the Barclays LifeSkills website below, you will also get the chance to practice your interview skills while at school in mock interview scenarios and can arrange to contact Mrs Natalie Bracher for a telephone appointment if you are preparing for an interview and want some extra help and support:
I’m at school and I want to prepare for an interview: barclayslifeskills.com
As mentioned in the ‘Job Applications’ section above, Skills Assessments are becoming a big part of the application process and often require people to think quickly to answer a number of questions under timed conditions – these could be:
Psychometric – designed to test your personality and whether you would be a good fit for the company you want to work for.
Literacy – designed to test how quickly you can read and understand information – important if you are going to be handling information and communicating via email with other employees!
Typing – designed to test how quickly you can process information and the speed of your typing – vital if you have to communicate via email or type up lots of reports in your job!
Numerical – designed to test how quickly you can process mathematical problems and understand data – very important for any job where you might be handling money or customer information!
Spatial – designed to test your problem-solving skills by getting you to answer logic questions against the clock! These skills are crucial for any job!
Check out the link below to practice Skills Assessments for real, or speak to Mrs Bracher if you want to find out more about what Skills Assessments are and how they work!
Skills assessment online practice test: barclayslifeskills.com