Getting training to return to work

With many people on the hunt for a job, training and experience is essential if you want to give yourself the edge over other candidates applying for a position.

Even if a job is advertised as no previous experience necessary, you may find that an employer will favour a candidate that has a small amount of experience over those who don’t.

If you have been out of work for a while and are looking to get back in to working then why not enrol in a training course to bring you up to scratch. If, for example, you are looking to go in to an admin role then you may want to brush up on your computer skills. There are a wide range of IT courses available to people of all abilities from basic PC skills to advance spreadsheet and formatting courses allowing you to get the most out of packages such as Microsoft Office.



Temporary jobs

With Christmas fast approaching, it won’t be long before the shops start advertising for Christmas vacancies. Many Christmas vacancies are temporary to cover the period from November through till January but there may also be the opportunity within some posts to be offered a permanent position.

Often the best way to find these jobs are to look in shop windows and even go in and enquire about any vacancies that they may have. You may even be able to complete a job application form prior to them hiring to get ahead of the rush.

Some shops are happy to take people on with little or no experience and offer on the job training to bring them up to speed, meaning that many positions are open to everyone. You may have to be prepared to work late night and weekends as this is often the busiest time in retail.


On the job training

Many companies offer on the job training to their employees and there are a number of ways in which this is done. Often on the job training works out more cost effective for the company than sending members of staff away n training courses.  It also allows them to teach the staff member the way they want them to complete a task not a third party’s way.

On the job training can be in formal or formal. It may just be a more experienced person sitting with someone teaching them how to use a systems or offering them training on their time management for example, or it may be a more formal internal course that is ran away from your desk by a member of the management staff. Both of these, although different, are types of on the job training. Some jobs are advertised as no experience necessary as full training given and often this includes on the job training.

Work experience

Many students have the opportunity to go on a work experience week or possibly even two weeks when at secondary school. This is usually done in year 10 and then it may be offered again if you choose to stay in education. Some college courses and uni courses also ask that you take part in a certain amount of on the job training to allow you to gain experience in the industry.

When choosing where you want to go for your work experience, think about what interests you and what you may wish to do as a career further down the line. If for example you are set on being a teacher, then why not contact a few local schools and see if they have any work experience placements that they would be willing to offer you. If you are torn between two careers then you could always ask your school if you would be able to do one week at one place and then a second week at another place.


Help with finding candidates

Many people say they struggle to find jobs that met their skill sets and experience that they can apply for but it seems that businesses also have the same trouble with finding suitable candidates.

For a business owner, hiring new member of staff can be a risky business. Often you are having to rely on the candidate being entirely honest with you and hoping that they are as capable as they say they are.

If you are looking to hire, you could always use a recruitment agency. They may already have a large number of suitable candidates on their books and may have spent time working with them previously. They will also be able to do some of the background work for you and take them through the initial interview stages.

The recruitment agency normally have their own recruitment process that a candidate will need to pass prior to being put forward to an employer.


A job in marketing

A job in marketing can be extremely exciting and also rewarding. Marketing covers such a wide range of duties that you can work in marketing within a number of different industries. All companies need to carry out some sort of marketing. Larger organisation often have their own in house marketing department that allows them to fully understand how the business works and use their internal knowledge of the company to market the business in the best possible way.

If you are looking in to online marketing, then you will need to learn how the internet works in terms of ranking sites on the search engines, paid for adverts and social media sites.

Working in marketing can be a diverse job and even at times allow for travel from place to place. You may even get to be involved in new product launches and releases that can be great fun.