Jobseekers want to learn to sell themselves

Jobseekers want to learn to sell themselves

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Hand Picked from CR Smith has been asked to host the latest round of Mentoring Circles for out-of-work 18-25 year olds in Fife by the Department of Work and Pensions, and we’re discovering that what matters most to these young people is how they sell themselves in interviews. 

Part of a national initiative, Mentoring Circles invites employers to support jobseekers through a series of sessions to specifically develop employability skills. Based on a very individual approach it tackles real issues faced by the young people in a collaborative, practical and supportive way. 

This is the second year that we've been involved and while the sessions can cover all aspects of applying for and securing employment, the greater competition for fewer jobs is clearly on everyone’s minds. 

For this reason, I’m drawing on the sales expertise within CR Smith to help spur them on. 

The ability to sell yourself is easily overlooked as skill that needs teaching or coaching. There is always plenty of focus on CV writing and basic interview techniques, but the young people I have met so far also understand that they need to have the confidence and know-how to really sell themselves. 

They also have the added pressure of being interviewed over Zoom or Skype. What to say about themselves, do they have a personal ‘elevator’ pitch, how to present online – these are now incredibly important. 

Coaching through Mentoring Circles is another way to help at this difficult time for young people. If you want to know more about what Hand Picked is doing, please do not hesitate to contact me.