Are you applying for a job? If so you will usually be asked to supply a CV (curriculum vitae) and covering letter, which will show how you are qualified for the job and why you would be the ideal candidate for the role. If the employer believes you meet the criteria for the job you may be invited to interview.
Follow the link below for tips for writing a CV an covering letter as well as interview advice produced the National Careers Service and Prospects.
Would you like to know what job vacancies there are? Do you have a particular industry sector that you would like to work in?
Follow the link below to a directory of vacancy websites to help you find your ideal role.
Local employment information
Do you know what businesses there are in Wiltshire or even what industry sectors?
Follow the link below to see Wiltshire Council’s Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) documents which explain what key industry sectors there are in the Wiltshire area and what qualifications are preferable to work in that industry. They also provide information on relevant apprenticeships, how employers recruit, example positions and salaries, future growth of the sector, Wiltshire employers and where you can study.
The aim of these documents is to give you an understanding of the key priority and growth sectors within the county, to help you make the best decision about your future career.
Spotlight On Business in Wiltshire
Spotlight On is a series of quick, fun interviews that profile successful businesses in Wiltshire. Have you ever wondered what goes on behind those factory gates or in those office blocks you pass everyday, looking for career inspiration or maybe a change of direction? Spotlight On takes a look at our local businesses, what they do and the potential opportunities that could be awaiting you. This month we spoke to Atkins
To apply to have your business appear in our Spotlight On feature contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Free careers advice for adults aged 19+
Adult Careers Advisers offer free impartial one to one meetings as part of the National Careers Service at all Wiltshire College campuses and at county-wide community venues. To book a careers meeting contact Customer Services on 01225 350035 or email us on email@example.com.
The advisers are qualified to help you with any careers related enquiry such as;
- CV writing
- Job Seeking
- Application support
- Finding training that is right for you
- Identify and match the skills you have to real opportunities
- Funding for training
Have you been relocated to Wiltshire and would like to know what support there is? Then please visit Wiltshire Council’s Military Civilian Integration Partnership page. Alternatively, if you are in the armed forces or are a veteran then you can see what support is available to you in Sources of Support document produced by the Armed Forces Covenant.
What is the Military Civilian Integration Partnership?
Wiltshire’s Military Civilian Integration Partnership is the first of its kind in the UK. In 11 years it has bought together military and public services maximising the economic and social benefits of Wiltshire’s military presence.
The partnership aims to improve the economic and social benefits of the military presence in the county. By working closely with the Ministry of Defence, Armed Forces personnel, their families, veterans, and local communities will all benefit. This is becoming increasingly important because, as part of the government’s Army Basing Programme, an additional 4,000 service personnel and their families are due to move to Wiltshire by the end of the decade.
Starting Your Own Business
If you dream of setting up your own business then considering these top tips will assist to turn a dream into reality:
- Focus on a business idea which you have a passion/flair for or base it on a need that you have yourself
- Thoroughly conduct your market research to assess the viability of your business
- Write a robust business plan
- Consider funding routes. Don’t give up if the bank is unable to assist there are still plenty of options, consider government small business grants/crowdfunding, low-interest start-up loans
- Set up a business banking account
- Inform HMRC that you are becoming self-employed
- Choose your location carefully or consider a virtual office/ start-up office space
- Think about your branding
- Set up your web site
- Write a marketing strategy
- Organise business insurance
- Select an accountant
- Protect your intellectual property
- Become familiar with the basics of employment law
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Do you have a few hours to spare?
Are you looking to get more involved with your local community?
Do you like interacting with people and want to make a difference?
If so, then volunteer work could be your perfect solution, as it provides you with a way to learn new skills, meet new people and give something back to your local community.
Places to consider may include:
- Volunteer Centres and Councils
- Places of worship
- Parks, cafes and pubs
- Citizen’s Advice Bureaux
- Job Centres
- Police, fire and ambulance staff
- Schools and nurseries
- Health centres
- Housing associations
- Women’s institute/rotary
- Radio stations
To become a volunteer why not check out Community First or if you would like some additional information, then try out the web links below:
Do you want to go back to work but are unsure about what childcare this is out there for you?
Click on the link below to find out more information about child care providers and if you are entitled to any funding support.
Alternatively, if you have any questions click on the National Careers Service logo to open a webchat.