Looking for work and need help? We’re hearing this from many OU students and alumni in these challenging times, so we’ve put together this Job Seeking Navigation Pack. It brings together the resources you need to set you on your way.
1. Map out your journey
Every journey starts with a single step, but it’s good to know where you’re heading. Before diving straight into applications, planning helps focus on what you need to do and keeps you motivated. Your Career Planning Guide is a great place to begin.
Schedule regular job searching time into your routine.
Find out what’s happening in the work sectors you’re interested in; look online for news articles, social media posts, and browse the websites of professional bodies and associations.
It’s especially useful to discover which sectors have been more affected by covid-19, explore those that are bouncing back and figure out how you can transfer your skills where they’re most needed. Learn more about how to be agile in your plans in the free OpenLearn course Developing career resilience.
3. Arrive successfully at your destination with a winning application
Employers value OU students for their skills from previous experience as well as study and you are no exception. Make sure you know your transferrable skills, understand their relevance to the specific role you’re applying for – and spell it out in your application. Capita Technology Solutions recently gave this advice:
Always adapt your CV so it’s specific to the role you’re applying for – make that small amount of effort to show you have a genuine interest.
Refresh your CV and make your transferrable skills shine. Section 4.6 of Your Career Planning Guide has lots of tips and our CV builder can make it easier.