Courses, News & Career Advice

Courses, News & Career Advice

Ever considered a career in social care? With a total of 15 roles available across the Buckinghamshire area in a variety of settings, now is the perfect time to join MacIntyre. MacIntyre is a national charity that supports over 1,200 adults and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism across England and Wales.  What do you need to succeed in our recruitment process? At MacIntyre, we are all about the people we...
  How do you explain a gap in your CV? We’re often asked this question when helping clients to write their CV and right now at Works for Us we are seeing increasingly more clients who have been forced to take an unplanned break in their employment. Of course, there are perfectly acceptable reasons why you may have a gap in your employment history, raising children, caring for family, illness, redundancy or...
Dan Reed is a local influencer and founder of Career Dad . He is on a simple mission: To positively impact as many dads' lives as possible. Dan is achieving this by putting the spotlight on working dads who are passionate about their careers, but not at the expense of their family. Read his blog below about his highs and lows of working from home during lockdown and how he juggled this alongside family...
After careful consideration and in response to the growing escalation of COVID-19, the MK Job Show Organisers have made the decision to postpone the October 2020 event.   Event Director, Mike Bickerdike commented “ While we know this is disappointing, we hope you understand this is a necessary step to keep Milton Keynes safe. With the government restrictions on social gatherings to stop the spread of COVID-19, we feel it...
Advice for furloughed workers Know your rights, get help and advice as well as ideas for using your time to improve your skills. Furlough explained Your rights on furlough Develop your skills Looking for a change   Furlough explained Your employer may have no work for you to do because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Rather than lay you off or make you redundant, you can both agree that...
Advice for if you lose your job Redundancy advice Redundancy and furlough Manage your money Retrain or improve your skills Look for work Help and support   Losing your job can affect many parts of your life and make you feel anxious about the future. Whether you’ve lost your job or been made redundant, you may find it difficult to: pay your bills maintain the skills you need...
How to develop your soft skills Communication skills Leadership skills Positivity skills Flexibility skills Problem solving skills Match soft skills to your employer   Soft skills are general skills that most employers look for when recruiting and are needed for most jobs. They are sometimes called transferable skills or employability skills by employers. Hard skills are skills needed...
How to answer common interview questions Questions about the employer Questions about you Questions about your work history Questions about your strengths Questions about your weaknesses Questions you can ask Questions on why you left your last job   Companies have different interviewing styles. You could have an interview that's: face-to-face over the phone on webchat...
Interview advice Types of interviews Types of interview questions Get ready for the interview At the interview During the interview After the interview An interview is a chance for an employer to see if you're the right person for the job. It’s your chance to make a good impression and show what you have to offer. You can also use it to help you decide if the job and the company are right for you....
How to fill in an application form Before you start Provide your personal details Provide your education history Provide your work history Explain work history gaps Show your skills match the job How to choose references After you complete your form An employer may ask you to fill in an application form instead of sending a  CV.  The form could be on paper or online. Follow our...
How to write a cover letter Cover letter explained When to use a cover letter Do your research Send it to the right person Write your opening paragraph Show you're right for the job Give extra information Pull it all together Sign off in the right way Cover letter tips   A good cover letter will get your  CV  or application form noticed. Follow our guide on how to...
How to write a CV CV explained Why you use a CV How to start CV layout What to include CV tips   Use our guide to create a CV that stands out and gets you through to the interview stage. CV explained A CV is a short, written summary of your skills, achievements and experience. You use it in the first stage of applying for jobs. Employers often ask for a CV instead of an...