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Impress employers with your GetMyFirstJob profile

Your GetMyFirstJob profile is how you showcase yourself to a potential employer. You really need to impress. Here's how!
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When you apply for apprenticeships using GetMyFirstJob, employers and training providers will be looking at your GetMyFirstJob profile to shortlist you for the vacancy. This makes it even more difficult for them to know your personality – a fancy CV alone won’t bag you an interview anymore! When you’ve done everything below you’ll get a gold badge on your GetMyFirstJob profile which is a great way to impress them! 

GetMyFirstJob are here to help! Have a read of this to ensure your profile is top notch and aims to really impress training providers. Below are the areas that you’ll have to fill out on your profile – you can add as much (or as little) about yourself as you want. 

Creating A Professional Email Address

It’s probably about time that you get rid of your ‘cool kid’ email address and create a professional new email for job hunting. By using your name rather than slang or something you once found funny, you will come across more serious, and they will take you as such. For example, joebloggs@gmail.com sounds like a better candidate than rudeboy404@gmail.com does. This would just get you the attention from employers that you don't really want!

Your Education

In the education section, you can put all of the qualifications you have to date, this also includes other things you might have done like NCS. If you haven’t got them yet, you can put grades as pending which means these are what your teachers predict you will be getting. 

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Documentation

After you’ve registered, you’ll be able to add additional documentation to your profile. This could be a covering letter as to why you want to apply to a vacancy, but it’s also a good idea to add your CV. If you don’t have a CV, you can use the GetMyFirstJob CV builder or template to put it together. You can find this on the 'My Profile' section of GetMyFirstJob.

Selecting your areas of interest

This is to really show possible training providers more about what you want to do in your career. You can select a maximum of 5 high and 5 medium interests so they know that you want to do their job. Don’t select none! By selecting none, training providers might not think you’re interested and not shortlist your application to any roles...

Work Experience

It’s OK if you haven’t got work experience – but it’s likely that you do without even realising! Did you babysit when you were younger, or even have a paper round? This shows potential employers the willingness you have to work and they’ll be keen to find out more about you.

If you don’t have experience within the sector you want to work in, it would be worth asking local organisations if you could spend a week doing some work with them.

Skills you'd like to improve

This isn’t a trick question! Don’t leave it blank – there are always skills that people want to improve on. Even the person who will be looking at your profile will want to improve on something. You want to do an apprenticeship to learn things, whether it’s how to build a certain component, how to design a graphic or to work better within the team. They’re all skills you can improve in an apprenticeship. 

Hobbies, Interests and other Achievements

It’s time to show employers what you’re all about so they can learn more about you! What do you do in your spare time? Do you run, play sport, bake, do crafts or even have your own blog? If you do, employers might be interested by you and want to interview you to find out more!

If you have any other questions about GetMyFirstJob, your profile or apprenticeships in general, then just ask us on Twitter using #AskGetMyFirstJob.

 

 

  • Author: Jenny Dallas
  • Published On: 30/08/2017

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