Jobchange Customer Builds Confidence to Take the Next Step

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Jobchange Customer Builds Confidence to Take the Next Step

For the past 30 years, Job Change have been providing high quality job search resources, guidance, advice and training for people across the Black Country and Shropshire.

By offering these opportunities in personal development, Job Change enables people to constructively help themselves to access employment, improving their job prospects in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Huw Mitchell is amongst many of our happy customers who came to Jobchange for support and guidance. He came to Jobchange to gain a CSCS card and was kind enough to share his story with us below.

What did you do before you came to Jobchange?

I was sent from the Job Centre in October 2016, I couldn’t cope with all the new things that faced me and I had nobody to turn to.

I get all confused in new situations like my heads a tumble dryer, just fuzzes up, so I only attended Jobchange once. Zoe (Job and Learning Outcome Tracker) called to see how I was getting on and if I needed anything else to help me, I explained my needs and anxiety; she said she would call me back.

She called me back and said that Jobchange could help and that someone would call me from the Dudley office to explain the support Jobchange provides. They called me back the following day and said they could do me a one to one session so that I had no crowds around me to fuzz my head and set off my anxiety, I went on Friday and sat my test and I got 40/40! I expected to get a lot less; I was surprised I had done so well.

How do you feel the service benefitted you?

Jobchange helped out a lot with my confidence. I felt like I had achieved something, I was very happy with the results.

Gary (Training Manager) was a big help and very thorough. He helped me remember by explaining things so well, he made feel relaxed and at ease.

How did you hear about us?

From the DWP as Jobchange did a range of different courses and CV’s.

Would you recommend Jobchange to your friends and family?

Yes always. It was a real confidence boost and I’ll look forward to the next part of CSCS training.

Are you in need of a confidence booster? Why not join our happy customers and sign up to Jobchange’s services today! Feel free to call us on Freephone: 0800 1223510 or alternatively email us at info@jobchange2007.com.

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Introducing Jobchange’s Guest Blogger

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Whether you have an event, an announcement or super top tips for Job Seekers, further your reach by becoming a guest blogger for Job Change!

Each month we will publish your blogs via our website and share them across our social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. With a social following of over 5000 people across the West Midlands, seize this opportunity to pop up onto key customer’s news feeds with all accreditation to the writer and company.

What are you waiting for? Contact charlotte.skinner@jobchange2007.com today!

How to get a Job without any work experience

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It’s a question used so frequently amongst job seekers. How do you get your foot in the door when you have no previous work experience?

With today’s digital reality, finding a career path can be daunting for job seekers. A lot of job searching is carried out online, with no face to face interaction, just an automatic email response.

Whether you’re looking for a new job, leaving education to branch out into the working world or looking to change your career path, trying to stand out from the crowd can be tricky when you don’t have any previous experience in an industry or even a job role.

Don’t let this get you down! At Jobchange, we have put together 8 tips to kick start your career and turn that negative response into a positive outcome.

  1. Showcase your motivation and willingness to do well

When applying for entry-level positions, employers aren’t expecting a CV filled with experience; instead they are looking for people who have a motivation to work hard and have a willingness to learn. Showcase this by highlighting examples of your dedication and commitment to learning and personal growth.

  1. Identify your skills

Utilise the job postings by gathering together a list of the desirable skills for the job role. From computers, communication to team work, identify what you excel at and highlight them on your CV. If you struggle, try asking a family member or peer. This can also be a tool to use to develop specific skills in order to land the job if need be.

  1. Showcase your extracurricular skills

This is where you have to market yourself! You may not have any work experience under your belt but what else in your background can demonstrate your worth to an employer.

For example: Sport teams, looking after younger siblings/ parents and organising charity events at school. These experiences help you gain transferable skills which will aid you in your career.

  1. Volunteer

Work for free! I know this may not sound very appealing but voluntary work is not only gaining you valuable experience, it can kick start your network and build on your skills, with a great feeling of job satisfaction. Gaining a voluntary role can also be more easily attainable than a paid position.

  1. Apprenticeships

Companies take on apprentices to guide and train in a working environment, whilst being paid for it. Being an apprentice means that you have a job that includes gaining recognised qualifications and essential skills whilst you are working and earning a wage.

  1. Network

Ever heard of the phrase ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’. Start to build up your network by attending local job’s fairs or coffee mornings as this is a reliable path to great career. You can keep posted on local events by following our Facebook and Twitter Pages. (@jobchange2007).

  1. Keep learning

It may be that you need further education/ training to qualify for a certain position/ industry.  Job Change currently offers the following courses on-site all completely FREE (available in Wolverhampton and Dudley):

  • CSCS CARD
  • Health and Safety in a Construction Setting Level 1
  • Adult Literacy and Numeracy
  • Basic IT
  • Health & Safety in Social Care L2
  • Food Safety L2
  • Asbestos Awareness Category Acourse
  • COSHH- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health programme

If you have any questions about our courses, please feel free to contact us and speak to an advisor for more information.

  1. Be realistic

Make sure you’re applying for positions that are appropriate for you. With today’s job market, employers are flooded with applicants with online technology that can filter through all applications to attain the right candidates. Carefully target job roles that you can prove you can succeed in.

If you would like help with writing your CV, Cover Letter or Career’s advice,  feel free to call us today on 01902 714224 or email us at info@jobchange2007.com.

Christmas Jumper Day at Jobchange

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On Friday 16th of December, the team here Jobchange joined the beloved national campaign, Christmas Jumper Day to help raise money for the fantastic Charity, Save the Children.
From Reindeers to Snowmen, Santa Claus to ‘punny’ festive references, we all got dressed up in our favourite festive knits and showed off our silliest sides, with hint of sparkle and Christmas cheer.

With fun games and competitions, all of the donations raised will go to Save the Children to support all of the wonderful work they do.

Every year, millions of children die before their fifth birthday from easily preventable diseases like Malaria, Diarrhoea and Pneumonia.

The money we raised will help provide essentials like healthcare, education, protection and food to children all around the world who are missing out on the most basic support.

Save the Children won’t rest until every last child gets the chance to grow up happy and healthy. It was a fantastic day for the Nation to come together and support them achieve this goal.

Can I Obtain a CSCS Card if English isn’t my First Language?

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YES.

A CSCS card is now an essential qualification to have if you want to work within the construction industry within the UK and important for labourers to obtain who want access to work on a construction site. Nowadays, over 80% of employers are insisting on seeing a CSCS card before they will allow workers on their sites.

In the ever- expanding culture here in the UK, more and more working professionals are coming from across the pond to experience our fabulously British way of life. For some individuals, they have had the opportunity to grow up learning English alongside their first language, however some individuals have a varied level which can make it harder to communicate and obtain obligated qualifications to achieve their working goals.

For anyone who wasn’t born in the UK, doing an exam in a language that isn’t your native language can be immensely difficult.

It doesn’t matter how good your English is, under the stress of taking the CSCS test you may not be able to perform at your full potential- thus diminishing your chances to pass and get a job.

There is no need to panic! The CSCS health, safety & environment test is available in a number of voice-over languages to ensure everyone gets a fair deal when it comes to their exam.

The voice-over is in several languages:

  • English
  • Bulgarian
  • Czech
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • Lithuanian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Welsh

How do you book a CSCS test in another language?

Booking the CSCS test with a voice-over language is a simple. Speak to one of our friendly advisors and they will guide you through the process. The booking department can schedule in a CSCS test as quickly as 48hours in advance.

We provide free high quality job search resources, guidance, advice and training opportunities for job seekers in the West Midlands. If you would like any help with gaining a CSCS card, feel free to call us today on 01902 714224 or email us at info@jobchange2007.com.

4 Reasons to Work Abroad

  1. Experience new cultures

The pure excitement of moving to brand new surroundings works wonders for your soul. As you immerse yourself into the local culture, everything becomes an adventure. Understanding the community, customs and traditions will not only make your life easier abroad, but will broaden your global understanding of the industry you are involved in.

  1. Get out of your comfort zone

Moving overseas or taking on a temporary role abroad is a fantastic opportunity to pull you out of your comfort zone. Nothing changes, if nothing changes! Not many people like it, but we grow as individuals when we are out of our everyday routines.

  1. Travel to new places

The travel opportunities whilst living abroad are brilliant! With brand new and exciting travel destinations becoming more accessible, every weekend potentially can turn into an adventure. Most people have those days where they want to quit their jobs, pack a bag and travel the world; you can do it on your doorstep, whilst earning money.

  1. Expand skills set

Without doubt, time spent abroad is a huge plus point for employers viewing your CV. It can help you stand out from the crowd and get you straight onto the interview list. Meeting new people, learning from their experiences and making a name for yourself abroad can provide you with a fantastic set of transferable skills, allowing you to become a desirable candidate to future employers.

What are you waiting for? The only thing standing in front of you and your goal is yourself!

Follow the link below to learn more about the fantastic opportunities when working abroad: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/working-abroad

Food Safety in Catering in Wolverhampton

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Here at Job Change, we try our best to provide high quality job search resources, guidance, advice and training for unemployed and low paid individuals. Included in our training services is the CIEH level 2 Food Safety in catering course.

Anyone who works with food has a special responsibility for safeguarding the health of consumers and to ensure that the food they serve or sell is safe to eat. The CIEH enables us, as course providers, to supply effective, efficient and comprehensive food safety training to our learners.

Who is the course for?

This qualification is specifically targeted at any one working in a catering setting where food is prepared, cooked and handled eg, food processing plant, care home, nursery and café.

What is the course outline?

The course provides:

  • The importance of food safety and knowledge of systems, techniques and procedures involved
  • How to control food safety risks (personal hygiene, food storage, cooking and handling)
  • Gain the confidence and expertise to safely deliver quality food to customers

How long is the course?

The two day course runs 09.30-14.00, on Wednesday and Thursday. These are available monthly.

How much is the course?

FREE!

Where is the course held?

We carry out the course at our branch in Wolverhampton (10, Red Lion Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 4HL)

What are the entry requirements?

To take part in the course you must be over the age of 18. Also, you need to have the ability to understand spoken and written English.

Do I need to book an appointment prior to attending the course?

Yes. You will need to have an appointment with an advisor.

If you are interested in taking part in the CIEH level 2 Food Safety in Catering course at Job Change or have any further questions, please call us on Freephone: 0800 1223510 or alternatively email us at info@jobchange2007.com.

Molineux Jobs Fair is back!

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Molineux Jobs Fair is back! Loads of interesting employers and training organisations are coming to meet you face to face on the premises of Wolverhampton Wanderers Stadium.  The event takes place on the 1st of July at 10am and finishes about 2pm.

Don’t miss out, we’re going to be there too!

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Should we stay or should we go? 2nd Job Seeker’s Essential!

 

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Hello and welcome in the 2nd edition of our 2nd Job Seeker’s Essential. Today a lot of news from the industry as well as information about the massive Jobs Fair taking palace in Wolverhampton. You can find all the info below:

NEW JOBS 

13,000 new jobs in the West Midlands if we stay in the EU

It’s big decision time – paraphrasing The Clash “Should we stay or should we go?”. According to Business Secretary Sajid Javid, it would be much more beneficial for England to remain in the EU, as 13,000 manufacturing jobs are meant to be created. You can find more information by following this link:
http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/13000-manufacturing-jobs-west-midlands-11412589

Move of HSBC Headquarters to Birmingham Partially Possible Thanks to EU

Another piece of news concerning the benefits of staying in the EU. This time about the move of HSBC headquarters to Birmingham and EU’s role in the move. More info here:
http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/being-eu-made-hsbcs-1000-11418870

Domino’s creates 700 new jobs in the West Midlands

According to Domino’s researach three pizzas are expected to be ordered every second during Euro 2016. This massive demand is “forcing” the company to order another 65 stores in the UK and Ireland this year. Want to grab a job at Dominos? Keep an eye on their website. And read more at: http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2016/06/07/dominos-creates-700-new-jobs-in-the-west-midlands-ahead-of-euro-2016/#U1V1vYiXh1lCMzIl.99

EVENTS

Molineux Jobs Fair

Molineux Jobs Fair is taking place in Wolverhampton on the 1st of July between 10am and 2pm. You will have a chance to meet exciting employers, have a chat with different organisations delivering training and providing you with job searching support. If you are a job seeker living in Wolverhampton, that’s a perfect event to attend.

 

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