Unit 1 – Searching for a job

Unit 1 – Searching for a job

Career Planning

To be able to plan your career you need to be able to think about what skills and qualities you have. You will find that you have several skills which you may have gained through several different routes, including education, work experience, groups and clubs, and support you give within your family.

Even hobbies, such as playing football or video games, help to develop hand-eye coordination

Think about your key transferrable skills by reviewing the table below. Tick any of these skills which you believe apply to you. Be honest as you are going to use these to help build and update your CV.

Transferable Skills

What are the things you are good at?

Think about the things you do every day and how you can apply those skills to other tasks.

For example, parenting requires you to be:

  • – Organised
  • – Detail orientated
  • – Multitasking
  • – Good communication skills

You must break down each day and deal with ongoing challenges as they occur, you naturally have qualities that employers need, such as:

  • – Hardworking
  • – Positive
  • – Motivated
  • – Patient

Your Skills

Hard Skills

Soft Skills

Hard skills are specific, teachable abilities that are based in fact.

– Speaking a foreign language

– Typing at speed

– A degree or a certificate

– Proficiency in computer -programming

– 10 years of customer service experience

– Operating machinery

Soft skills are subjective and may or may not be true. They are often associated with personal attributes and character.

– Motivated team player

– Strong communication skills

– Time management

– Organisational skills

– Good with children

Problem Solving
Promoting / Influencing
I.T. Awareness
Time & Personal Management

Click for list of skills

Take this short online quiz to find out your potential career pathways and options

Print screen and save the options given to you. You’ll need to upload this on the quiz!

Searching for Job

Looking for a job can be challenging and time consuming, before starting the search it is important to know:

– What skills you have

– What you are interested in

– Where to look for appropriate employment opportunities

Here's a short clip giving you 5 tips to improve your job search:

Where to find jobs?

Recruitment agencies

Job centre

Job fairs

Shop windows




Online job sources?

Internet sites (Reed, CV Library)

Universal job match

Council sites

Company sites

Social sites (Gumtree, LinkedIn, Facebook)

Types of Jobs

  • What are the hours like?
  • What types of shifts are there, and could you work nights?
  • Do you want full time or part time work, does work need to fit around your other family commitments?

Click on the different headings to view their content

Advice for your career progression & next steps:

Creating an Online Profile

  • – A profile is a pen picture of yourself.
  • – Good for getting yourself out there.
  • – It’s a way to advertise yourself.
  • – The more you are seen, the more chances of gaining that interview/job.

Proactive Job Searching

How can you be proactive in job searching?

  • Set up a daily plan for your job search
  • Keep a job search diary
  • Follow up with jobs you have applied for after a certain amount of time
  • Create more than one CV
  • Create a list of possible future employers

Signing up to join LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with hundreds of millions of members, and it is growing rapidly. Their mission is to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.

To join LinkedIn and create your profile:

1: Navigate to the LinkedIn sign up page

2: Type your first and last name, email address, and a password you’ll use

3: Click Join now

4: Complete any additional steps as prompted

Note: You must use your true name when creating a profile. Company names and pseudonyms are not allowed, as they explain in their User Agreement.