Getting a job search: Planning your sessions

We have some tips if you're using the search with individuals.

About 3 mins

The Getting a job search is a great starting point for people looking for work right now, or researching the job market.

However there are useful lessons about looking for jobs that are relevant at all stages of an individual’s career. Here are some ideas:

Searching elsewhere

The Getting a job search holds a wide range of opportunities that are delivered by via the Job Centre Plus Universal Job Match. However, there are a wide range of other places and different ways to look for jobs. Individuals should be encouraged to investigate industry specific and local job listings for their area of interest.

Hidden job market

It’s estimated that 60% of available jobs aren’t advertised so it’s essential for individuals to develop and utilise their personal networks in order to access the widest range of opportunities possible.

Why not carry out an activity to highlight the range of useful contacts within a class or group? This could take the form of a ‘human treasure hunt’ style activity with a list of job roles, e.g. ‘Find someone who knows a scientist’, or a homework activity where individuals are asked to illustrate their own connections and with respective job titles.

You could also consider creating an activity about using social networks to improve job prospects. Highlight the need to keep personal social profiles private and utilise career specific networks such as LinkedIn.

Another activity could be created around making speculative contact with employers. This could include role-play on making phone calls and creating covering letters/emails.

Future jobs

The job market is constantly changing and it has been suggested that 70% of the jobs that will exist in 20 years don't even exist today. It’s hard to stay on top of all of the new job roles that exist let alone those that will emerge in the future.

Why not ask individuals to conduct a piece of research into new and emerging job roles? This could focus on a specific industry, area of interest or school subject and could be presented back in verbal, written or illustrative form.

This could also be carried out on a more local scale – researching trends in current vacancies and future planning that could have an impact on the local labour market. This knowledge will not only help with making career choices but could also be evidenced in UCAS, college and job applications.