Getting a job can be really hard work – especially if you feel you haven't got the skills to make you stand out above the other applicants.
*** Course updated January 2016***
Or perhaps you've just left school or college and feel you haven't got enough experience to get the job you want.
So how can this course help you change that?
First of all, you'll see exactly what is meant by transferable skills and then you'll find out exactly which skills employers most want.
This will help you focus on improving your own skills in those areas, giving you the edge in the job market
You'll discover that you probably have a great many more transferable skills than you realize – you are using complex skills all the time, but because they are second nature, you don't consider them to be valuable.
In the course, you'll identify a list of skills you have gained from different areas of your life.
Improving Your Skills
Of course, while some of your skills will be at a high level, not all of them will be good enough for certain jobs. But it doesn't have to be difficult or expensive to get those skills to a higher level. You'll discover several simple ways in which you can develop your skills or gain new ones with little just a bit of free time and a few resources.
What Skills Do You Need for Your Ideal Job?
You'll learn a quick and easy way to find out exactly which skills are needed for any job.
Once you know what you need to do, you can use the worksheets to create your own action plan to develop all the transferable skills you need.
Using Your Skills to Get a JobWhen your skills have reached the right level, you need to be able to show employers that you have got what it takes to do the job. Many people fall down at this stage – just writing that you are a great team player with excellent communication skills is meaningless – it's just your opinion. You'll learn to word your CV, resume or application in a way that will prove that you do have the skills, improving your chances of success in the job market.
Overview of the Course.
Overview of the topics we'll cover in the course, and explanation of the supplementary material provided. And you'll discover what students can hope to gain from the course.
Discover exactly which skills are in demand. This will enable you to focus on important skills and give yourself an advantage in the job market. And you'll get some very good news!
We'll look in more depth at the skills employers are looking for. This will enable you to concentrate on what is is most important for you and help you plan exactly which skills to build.
Some of the areas in which you'll find you have developed plenty of skills.
In-depth look at the transferable skills you learned as a student with examples you can use right away when applying for jobs.
Download the Study Skills Worksheet and add the skills you gained in each of the main courses you studied, including examples. You can come back and do this a little at a time as you go through the course. When you finish the section on identifying your skills, you can add the best examples to the final worksheet.
In depth look at some very different hobbies to help you see exactly what skills are involved in your favourite pastimes and tips to help you uncover the skills involved in your own hobbies.
Interacting with friends and family has given you many skills, skills you use so naturally you don't realize they are skills! Discover many useful attributes that will help you get a job.
Use the worksheet to write your examples of skills gained interacting with friends and family. You can add the best examples to your final Skills Worksheet.
You can download this worksheet, save and then add the best skills and examples from each of the sections above. You can continue to add skills as you go through the course. And you can keep adding to it as you learn new skills in future.
Building your skills is not as difficult as you might think. Overview of the many methods you can use to improve your skills quickly.
Some simple techniques which can really improve your oral communications skills – most of them are free.
Employers value good spelling and grammar highly. Learn how you can easily improve yours and your formal writing skills to give yourself a big advantage in the job market.
You can improve your written skills very quickly, starting right now. Downloadable pdf with online resources to help with spelling, grammar and writing letters and reports.
Discover how you can improve your Microsoft Office skills to a high standard with free online resources. And get started in programming and web development for free.
Download a pdf with screenshots and links to the best sites I could find to improve your IT Skills at no cost.
How to learn a new language or improve your proficiency – some low cost and free methods which can make a big difference to your level of skill. Or kickstart your new language fast.
Downloadable list of great free resources for language learning to help you get started right away.
It can be difficult to improve interpersonal skills, discover how role play is a great way to do this - and it's free.
Downloadable pdf with explanation of how to create role play situations and some examples of role play scenarios that you can use with friends or colleagues to improve your interpersonal skills right away.
Quick and easy method to find out what you need for any job or career. This will give you a great headstart in the job search process.
Using current job ads to find skills needed for your ideal career.
Overview of what is involved in matching transferable skills with jobs - the 3 simple steps.
Download this example of a job ad and follow the next videos. This will show you how to match your skills to an advertisement, using an example adapted from a real job ad.
Identifying the skills needed for this job.
Proving you've go the skills - this is a crucial step - and one most job seekers leave out.
How to prove you really have those written communications skills.
How to prove your IT and other skills, including downloadable examples to show you how to prove your skills in writing, for your CV, resume or application form.
More written examples, this time based on hobbies. Adapt these for your own job applications.
How to use the examples you've been gathering throughout the course. You'll see what a skills-based CV or resume looks like, before creating your own.
An example of a CV or resume and a cover letter for the job ad we've been looking at. You can adapt these for your own job applications.
Download the templates and create your own skills-based CV or resume. You can use either the chronological version or the functional version, both have room for skills. There is also a template for school-leavers. So you should find one that works for you.
If you have work experience, use the chronological format.
Now it's time to take action on all the work you've done so far. Create an action plan to start using your skills to write better job applications and to improve your skills and learn new ones.
Download the Action Plan template to speed up your own progress towards your ideal job.
Discover what commercial awareness is and why you absolutely must have it.
How you can use your commercial awareness to improve your application and help you get an interview.
I really enjoy inspiring people to make positive changes to improve their career and create a better life.
As a careers advisor, I've worked with all sorts of different folk, from homeless people to graduates and senior executives. I'm the author of 9 Steps to CV and Resume Success and have helped many people improve their CVs and job applications, enabling them to get a better job.
I've also worked with people who want to start up on their own and helped them come up with a business idea that works for them.
As a teacher, I've taught many different subjects, including basic skills, academic writing, life skills, and languages - Chinese, French and German.
I have a BA in Chinese and German and spent a year in Chinese and six months in Germany as part of my course. I had already spent a year working in a hospital in German after leaving school.
I trained as a careers advisor at the University of East London and worked in various charities and colleges as well as freelance.
I trained as a teacher at the Institute of Education (PGCE in Post Compulsory Education, that is a post graduate certificate to teach people over 16). I then taught part time for 4 years at the IOE, teaching academic writing to Further Education teachers on the Cert Ed course.
I love languages, travel and learning new skills. I taught myself to build WordPress sites and have made my own and several for other people too.