Why can’t I get the job I want?

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Arrival Education has over a decade of experience working with young people from socially and ethnically diverse backgrounds, as well as leading businesses and business leaders.

We know that there are thousands of diverse young people who have the talent to get in to the best jobs, but just can’t seem to get their foot in the door. In this article, we take a look at some of the things that might be standing in their way….

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1. You don’t know how to find out about the best jobs

There are so many brilliant jobs out there, but if you don’t know about them in the first place then you’re not off to a great start! The first step in guaranteeing yourself the best possible chance of securing an excellent job is to make sure you know about the opportunities that are available to you.

One way that you can make sure you know about the best opportunities is by signing up to the Arrival Network. The Arrival Network is Arrival Education’s specialist network specifically designed for young people from socially and ethnically diverse backgrounds who want to get in to the best jobs. Members of the Arrival Network get exclusive access to job opportunities, internships and networking events, as well as brilliant content every week containing advice about career development. Interested? You can register here.

2. You aren’t sure what leading businesses are looking for

There are certain behaviours and skills that businesses want to see from you, but without knowing someone with inside knowledge how do you know what they are? Should you be assertive, or collaborative? Should you speak up, or spend more time listening to others? Do companies value independence and initiative over team work? There are so many elements to consider, made only more difficult by the reality that expectations vary company to company, so knowing how to show you have the right skills can be tough, without the right guidance.

Arrival Education’s Career Accelerator Programme has been developed alongside Human Resource professionals from our corporate partners, who have provided their advice and experience. The programme teaches participants how to work out exactly what particular companies are looking for, and how you can show them that you have it.

3. You need help making your applications stand out 

Imagine you are the member of staff in a leading company who has been tasked with the role of recruiting for a new position. You advertise for the position, and within hours you are inundated with hundreds (if not thousands) of applications. How do you decide who gets an interview?

You look for the applications that stand out! It is so important that there is something about your application that makes the right people stop and take note. It is also important that all the information that they need is clear and easy to find – it should be effortless for them to understand why they should invite you to the next stage.

As part of the Career Accelerator Programme, participants are taught about how to make their applications stand out, and get them that all important interview. Participants also receive 2 hours of 1-2-1 time with their specialist career advisor, where they can discuss real applications they are making.

4. You could do with some help when it comes to interviews and assessment centres 

Amazing – you’ve got an interview! Now the question is, how do you make it count? Interviews and assessment centres can be nerve-wracking, and whether they’re over the phone, face-to-face, or in a group, it’s important to go in with a plan about how you’re going to show what you can do.

Planning for an interview is difficult, but it’s not impossible! With the right guidance, you can go in feeling confident that you know how to talk about your skills and experiences in a way that will show everyone that you are the right person for the job. There are methods you can use to answer questions concisely but also in detail; preparation you can do to ensure that you are clear on what you need to talk about, and ways of reading between the lines to understand what an interviewer is really asking you.

5. You don’t know how good you are!

Being able to identify your own strengths is sometimes a difficult skill in itself! You will already have loads of skills that you don’t even know you have, the tricky thing is realising you have them in the first place, and explaining to potential employers how they can help you in a professional context.

There are loads of ways that you can get a clearer understanding of what your biggest skills are. For example, try talking to your friends, family or current colleagues about what they think your skills are – they know you best, so use them as a resource. You can also work with professionals to get a better idea of your skillset; did you know that as part of the Career Accelerator Programme, you get an Initial Career Assessment done which picks out your skills and experiences and provides you will a bespoke development plan? Rest assured, you have plenty of skills already that employers will value, now you just need to talk about them!

If you would like more information about the Career Accelerator Programme, please click here, or get in touch by emailing contact@arrivaleducation.com.

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