A job or career

Where can I look for further information on jobs and careers?

Job sectors and job profiles:

In Careerpilot you will a job sectors quiz you can also start with a subject you love and see where it might lead.

Careerpilot also has lots of information on job sectors with links to 100s of job profiles, which provide detailed information including: what it is like, key facts about the job market in the UK and the South of England, how you can get in, types of jobs, case studies and useful links.

The Pre 16 Skills Map and the Post 16 Skills Map in the Career Tools will help you see what skills you have and you can then see your skills alongside the skills needed for a job by looking at a job profile.

You can also see more than 1000 video stories of people talking about jobs/courses/training.

National Careers Service has advice about how to look for a job.

They also offer free advice from advisers who can provide you with information, advice and guidance on skills, learning and work. Explore the different ways to get in touch with an adviser.

Each job sector has a Sector Skills Council. Their job is to reduce skills gaps and also to work with people in education to develop qualifications that meet the needs of employers.

If you need more details about a job sector you can find out which Sector Skills Council is responsible for the job sector you are interested in by following this link, which shows all 22 Skills Sector Councils and the employment areas they cover.

The Sector Skills Council’s websites often provide detailed information on the qualifications they are looking for and also the opportunities available in that sector.

MyKindaFuture has a CV builder where you can upload an interactive CV that you can send to employers

Looking for employment - where to start:

Suggestions and websites to visit to get you started:

  • Add recruitment websites to your list of 'favourites' on your computer, check them regularly or request alert messages if jobs become available
  • Explore job profiles and start planning how you will be able to show you have the right skills for the job, try to provide evidence of your skills to show you have experience
  • Find out how social media can help with job search, and use your social media to ask about job opportunities. Be aware that prospective employers might search for you online so make sure there is nothing which will be embarrassing
  • Set up a Linkedin profile and market your skills clearly. See how to create a profile here
  • Keep your CV up-to-date and to 2 sides of A4, type it not write it. Lots of information can be found at 'The Ultimate Guide to Building a CV. The Careerpilot Skills Map in the Career Tools will help you identify valuable skills and experiences
  • Write speculative letters to local firms, don't wait for jobs to be advertised. This article will give you some ideas about writing covering letters
  • Use the Gov.uk Job Match service
  • Prepare for interviews - there are lots of websites with advice on how to do this

Job hunting/vacancy websites

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