I have interviewed a number of School Leavers over the years and been surprised / disappointed by the poor quality of CV’s and lack of interview skills. I asked one chap what advice they got from school and he said none. This concerned me because school leavers with lots of employment potential could be overlooked by employers simply because they do not know how to present themselves.
As a person without many academic qualifications myself, I know how important it is to “sell yourself” not just when looking for a job but as part of your day to day life. I am putting together a programme to work with a local school, offering advice to pupils who are not the best academics but still show potential in other areas and coaching them in these vital skills. Topics include: Resume / CV writing, basic job interview technique, relationship building, managing your on-line presence and some career advice. I will also be looking to use my network of contacts to offer some help either in person or on line if appropriate.
If anyone feels they can contribute in any of these areas or another relevant topic I will be very grateful. This is not due to start until early 2013 so I have plenty of time to plan! Please contact me on email if you have any suggestions.