The LSI/IH Portsmouth Job Club
Every Friday we hold a job club which is designed to help you and give you the tools you need to find a job in the UK.
As well as providing you with general information to help you find work, our job club gives you the opportunity to ask for personalised help with your CV, practise interview techniques or ask any questions. All for free! There will be a teacher there to help you – you just have to sign your name on the Job Board to participate. To see our Job Club poster, click here.
Don’t forget to check our ‘Jobs Board’ here at LSI/IH Portsmouth for any vacancies – as well as our Facebook page and blog. You should also check the local paper The News – they have new jobs on Thursdays and again on Saturdays. Remember, it’s a difficult process and takes a lot of effort but we will help you in whatever way we can. If you are here on a visa, working in the UK may not be possible, so please remember to check whether you are legally entitled in the work in the UK first.
"After 4 months studying at LSI/IH Portsmouth, Marco from Italy wanted to stay in Portsmouth. He managed to find a job working at Portsmouth’s most iconic tourist attraction, Spinnaker Tower, where he could be found taking visitors’ pictures and helping in the shop."
"Arantxa from Spain studied at LSI/IH Portsmouth for 5 weeks, at the end of which she found a job working as an au-pair. She loves it and says she learns a lot of different new words with the children!"
- Local employers
Recruitment companies and Job Centre
Have a look at the job vacancies on the recruitment agencies’ websites, or phone and arrange a good time to go and register with them.
Wild Recruitment Limited
Job Centres are government agencies that list jobs available and that will help you find work. They can also arrange your National Insurance number (see legal information) - https://www.gov.uk/jobsearch
- Au pair agencies
- Online job sites
CVs – models and hints to help
Give employers a reason to meet you - remember they may have to read through 100s of CVs – make sure yours stands out;
- What makes you unique? Put it near the beginning.
- Don’t make it too long.
- Make sure your extra-curricular activities demonstrate accomplishment, initiative, potential, communication skills and the ability to work with others.
- Focus on value, not tasks: not "head waitress at local restaurant" but "increased nightly takings and customer satisfaction 20% by implementing new training programme as head waitress".
- Make it relevant to the job: customize it to each different application.
- You do NOT have to include your date of birth, place of birth and marital status
- Format: there are many different opinions on what is or isn’t best. Look at models and templates and choose the best one for your experience and the job.
You are more likely to get a reply when you include a covering letter with your CV.
- Your cover letter should be specific to the position you are applying for, relating your skills and experience to those noted in the job posting.
- If sending an e-mail, put your covering letter as the body of your email. It's wise to format it as plain text as then it can be read by any email reader.
- Try and find the name of the person you’re sending the application to – not just the title
- Make it clear when you're available to start work: be as flexible as possible. Remember to read, spell-check and then double check everything before sending them out – you never get a second chance to make that first impression.
Interviews – how to make the best impression
Take time to prepare before the interview:
- Find out all you can about the company.
- Read the job description CAREFULLY - It will help you aim your answers toward things they are actually looking for.
- Prepare your own questions about the company and the job.
Know your CV very well - review the order of your jobs, the tasks at each job, and the reason(s) you left. Also look through your CV to remind yourself of some stories where you found a problem and solved it, showed a good example of teamwork etc. Situation - the context Task - what you had to do Action - what and how you did it Result - the outcome and what difference it made.
- Make sure you know where you’re going! Check – and double check – the address, so you are not late.
- Take a clean copy of your CV to the interview.
Practise your answers to key interview questions:
- "Tell me about yourself"
- “What are your biggest strengths / weaknesses?”
- “Give an example of teamwork you have shown”
- “Why do you think you are suitable for this job?”
- “What do you know about us?”
During the Interview
- Maintain eye contact – to build rapport.
- Using body language to create a strong first impression
- Answer the question: you are of course keen to tell them about all your strong points but make sure it’s relevant to the question.
- Increasing personal impact by using your voice more effectively: convey a clear and confident style; use pauses to control pace and deliver clear well-structured responses …and don’ts!
- Don’t interrupt the interviewer: listen to them and show respectful interest
- Don’t arrive late – or too early.
- Address the interviewer by his/her first name – unless they specifically tell you to do so.
- Fiddle with your keys, hair, tie, watch, pen or any other item.
- Keep your hands in your pockets or fold your arms across your chest.
- Eat, drink or chew gum - even if the interviewer does so.
- Criticize your previous or current employer.
- Use phrases such as 'I don't know', 'I don't think so', 'Why do you want to know that', or similar statements.
- Contradict yourself in your answers.
- Answer a question if you don't understand it fully. (Ask for further clarification)
- Indicate that you are desperate to get a job.
- Practise your answers to key interview questions: