Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Successful CVs Workshops

My wife and I were shopping in Clydebank earlier today and we took a moment to look around The Perfume Shop in the hope of getting some inspiration for Christmas presents. Within minutes a young female assistant approached me and asked if I helped people with their CVs. A funny question I thought to myself but the young lady looked familiar. As it turned out Beverly had recently attended one of my employability skills workshops in West Dunbartonshire. We had worked on her CV and her interview skills and now she was in employment.

I felt very proud to have played a small part in Beverly’s success and it’s times like this that I realise how important CV workshops can be. Beverly was already highly employable but without a good CV and some useful pointers for interviews she may have been trapped in the job application stage for some considerable time.

Our CV Workshops are available to any organisation that is working with clients who are seeking employment and looking to develop their CVs and interview techniques. We will help them to prepare their CVs to give them the best possible chance of getting an interview and they will learn how to avoid common mistakes and how to ensure the most relevant information is coherent and easy to find.

Working directly with your clients, we will assist them in preparing a CV and this can be achieved in two ways. Firstly, if the workshop is IT-based then we will work with clients as they develop their CVs electronically. However, this workshop can also be conducted in a non-IT training room environment (ideal for clients with minimal IT skills) where CV content is compiled long-hand and produced by us electronically at a later date.

This course includes the following topics:

·        What is a CV and why do I need one?
·        Gathering the facts
·        Highlighting your achievements
·        Personality factors
·        What you can leave out
·        Essential words to include in a CV
·        Writing a career profile
·        Layout for a chronological CV
·        The importance of the first half page of your CV
·        Making your CV look attractive

Furthermore, our CV Workshops come with unlimited aftercare where clients can contact us at any future date for additional help with their CVs.

Duration: 1 day


Location: Delivered at your premises 

Cost: £200 per group (maximum group size of 10)



All our courses are priced for delivery within a 50 mile radius of Glasgow and can be delivered anywhere in the UK but will incur an additional travel cost which will be kept to a minimum. Please contact us for details.


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Friday, 5 November 2010

Barriers to Work Wall

An exercise I often use with groups of all ages is to identify barriers to work. I've found that the easiest way to do this is with the Barriers to Work Wall.

A good starting point for anyone who is looking for work is to identify the barriers they face (both perceived and real) as well as the barriers faced by others in similar situations. The main purpose of this exercise is to stimulate discussion on the topic of barriers and, as a group, identify possible ways of overcoming those barriers.

I use a flip chart and Post-It notes for this exercise. Using a flip that shows the Barriers to Work Wall, I ask the group to write barriers on Post-Its that serve as bricks in the wall. These barriers can be their own or those faced by others.


Pretty soon you'll have a wall of barriers. These might include "long-term unemployment", "travel", "lack of qualifications", "age", "disability", "lack of experience" and "lack of motivation". I'm sure your clients will think of many more!

The next step is to remove the barriers one by one. Get the group to discuss how barriers can be overcome. Don't expect all the barriers to be removed because that is unrealistic, but what you will end up with is a much smaller wall that can be stepped over rather than a big, impassable one.

This activity usually takes around 30 minutes and works best during the early stages of a course or training session. It helps clients realise they are not the only ones facing barriers and, better still, it identifies ways in which their barriers can be overcome.

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