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How to improve your employability skills during COVID?- PART Five

Craig Coutinho

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This week, I have been sharing useful tips in a series of Blog posts about improving your Employability Skills during COVID. This is the last part of my series of blog posts, but if you haven't seen the other parts, you can check out my other tips.

9. Reflect on what you have done

Throughout the next couple of weeks, if you haven’t already done so, you should collate everything you do and reflect upon it. This can help you think about what you have done and be able to create examples that you can use for interviews. You can look at the plan that you created and then add to it to note whether you stuck to your original plan or amended it and if so, why it changed. This can help you with your self-management and allow you to see what you enjoyed doing, what you learnt from it and how you can improve. You should set yourself goals and targets to meet which follow on from your experiences and create an action plan. One of the most important parts of the reflection is to try to distinguish what you have learnt from your experience and how you can still improve so with your goals you can note down who might be able to help you achieve that goal. For example, if you participated in volunteering but felt that you weren’t confident enough, then you could reach out to a mentor and try to build your confidence with their support and advice. You might find that when you are reflecting on what you have done, you struggle to try and come up with goals that you can achieve or if you do create goals, they aren’t the most realistic and achievable ones. It is important to note that reflecting isn’t just about saying “I could have done more” but asking yourself (philosophically) “why did I do A rather than B”. You might find that when you create your plans you decided on doing something easy but by challenging yourself you can develop your decision-making skills and create solutions to things you might find challenging.

Getting feedback from peers, tutors and managers is a great way to see how you can improve.

10. Update your CV    

Finally, although this is last on the list, it is by no means something that you should do at the end. You should be updating your CV throughout but you can take time to update your CV and try and organise the information to show specifically what you did during COVID and some of the skills that you learnt, so that you can show employers what you did and what you learnt, during this situation. You might think that you shouldn’t include volunteering on your CV, but you can as it shows how you have been flexible and found opportunities to help and support people in roles that aren’t part of a job role. Once you have updated your CV, and before you look for roles, it might be worth getting your CV checked by professionals in your network who have experience of recruiting. This can help you to see their opinion of it but it is important to remember that your CV is personal and unique to you, so the final decision comes from you.

Interested to see how your CV would score against an Applicant Tracking System, use the CV360 tool on the Work Fitness Centre and find out your score and get instant feedback.

Mentors can help you by providing you with feedback on your CV. 

To find out more about what you can do and how to make the most of the opportunity, head over to the Work Fitness Centre and be sure to attend the Bootcamps, taking place next week. If you have any questions about this, you can contact the talent development team here.

Current student? These sessions are open to all current students from Pearson Business School and Escape Studios students. Sign up on the Work Fitness Centre in the Student Portal!

Prospective student? Watch this space to get an insight into how our students found the activities, as we’ll be sharing their stories on here shortly, to give you a taste of what you can look forward to if you choose to study with us :)

How to improve your employability skills during COVID?- PART Five
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