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Making Job Applications


Making Job Applications

At KM we love to provide an excellent service to our candidates (check out our Candidate
Testimonials). Over the last 5 years we have helped hundreds of people across the country move into their new roles within the Work Based Learning and Welfare to Work Industry!

So, you have read our previous blog about CV Writing! Perfect! You should have a fantastic and well detailed CV ready to send to potential employers.

First thing to think about when making a job application is to identify your requirements; what you can commit to, type of role, salary, working hours, location, travel etc.

Job Boards

The next stop is the job boards – these are central websites which allow candidates to quickly search and apply for new jobs. Job Boards can easily be located by using Google search.

If you are looking for a job within a specific sector (such as the Further Education Sector) there are specialist job boards available.

Once you have found an online advert that takes your interest you should always check:

  • Location to Cover– Location will always be listed within the advert. Where the job is based or where the candidate is expected to travel. If this is vague – always make sure you check with the recruiter or company.
  • Salary on Offer– Always check this before making your application as Salaries are non-negotiable 99% of the time. If the salary is not quite right for you, then you wouldn’t be able to progress with your application. If it is close to what you are looking for, speak with the recruiter to find out if there is any flexibility.
  • Type of Role available – There should always be an indication on the advert as to whether the job role is Full Time / Part Time / Permanent / Contract / Temporary. Before making your application always check to see whether the job meets your requirements.
  • Essential Criteria – Recruiters and Employers will (or should) always put essential criteria on the job advert. This allows candidates to know whether or not they are right for the role. Candidates should always check and review the essential criteria before making job applications, If you do not hold any experience which is listed in the criteria you may not be suitable for the vacancy – you could try to contact the recruiter to find out if there is any flexibility.
  • Application Questions – Some recruiters / employers add essential questions to their adverts. These are generally non-negotiables for the vacancy. For example, if an advert asks “Do you hold a recognised Assessor Award?” and your answer is No, you would not be suitable for the role you are applying to.

Have you found a role which matches your skills, experience and what you are looking for?

If Yes, Fantastic! It’s time to make your application.

Generally, job boards make the process easier for candidates by having a standardised
application process.

You should ensure the following;

  • Your current and up to date CV has been uploaded to your application
  • Full Address and Contact Details (telephone and email contact)
  • Relevant cover note for the job you are applying for

Once you have completed the form via the job board, Fire off your application!

Not a fan of Online Job Board Applications?

If you prefer a more direct way of applying for vacancies, such as via E-Mail. First check the job advert to see if there is an email address for you to send an application through to. If there is nothing available, try the recruiters / employers website. Usually there will be a general
recruitment email address such as recruitment@company.com or info@company.com.

Pop the Job Reference (if you know it) and Job Title into the subject line of the e-mail and include your cover note in the body of the e-mail with the reasons why you feel you are suitable for the role you have applied to.

Remember to spell check!

Once you are ready, Send off your e-mail application!


Final stepmake a note of where and what you have applied to! Whether it is a vacancy
advertised by an agency or through a direct employer. Make a note of the company names / Job Titles, as you do not want to make multiple applications to the same job (as this will seem like you are applying for anything and everything).

Many recruitment agencies will ask you if you have applied to any similar roles, so if you know what you have applied to, it will save a lot of time!

We hope that you have found the above tips and advice useful! At KM we would like to wish you the best with your job search!

To read more of KM’s tips, please visit our Candidate Portal: http://www.kmrecruitment.co.uk/index.php/candidates

CV Writing Tips from KM Recruitment

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At KM we love to provide an excellent service to our candidates (check out our Candidate
Testimonials). Over the last 5 years we have helped hundreds of people across the country move into their new roles within the Work Based Learning and Welfare to Work Industry!

So you have made the decision to look for a new job! There are many different reasons why people decide to move on which would be a change of scenery, progression, company ethics etc… The first thing you need to do before making any applications is to ensure that your CV is completely up to date and is attractive to potential employers / recruiters.

We would like to take this opportunity to share with you a few tips for CV Writing and Making Job Applications.

2 Page Rule Myth:

The first rule of the “2 page rule” is to never use the 2 page rule… (unless of course you don’t have a lot of employment history!!)

We often hear “I read online about the 2 page rule” and “after I’ve written a personal profile,
included my skills and qualifications, I only have 1 page left for my employment history so had to cut my employment history out”

Your CV is usually the first thing that lands on the desk of an Employer / Recruiter, and is the very first introduction / impression of you. This is possibly the most crucial opportunity to get your foot in the door – so make it count!

Within the training industry it is crucial to include your proven experience depending on role; occupational competency, business development experience, management / senior level
experience undertaken.

By limiting your CV to just 2 pages you could be cutting out CRITICAL information that
Employers and Recruiters are looking for.

We don’t mean include waffle, diagrams or pie charts to make it extend to 6 pages. Your CV should be well detailed, punchy, include relevant areas of experience to match the role you are applying to etc.

If you’ve got it flaunt it!


Unless you are applying for a snazzy IT or marketing design job, a basic word document without grids etc is a Recruiters dream come true.

Contact Details:

As silly as it sounds, a lot of CV’s that we come across don’t have any contact details on them. In order for an employer / recruiter to contact you regarding a role / application you should always include (Ideally at the top of your CV for ease); your Telephone Number, Email Address and where you currently live. (If you are not comfortable putting your full address on your CV, you can put your Town and Region, EG: Hednesford, Staffordshire).

Personal Profile:

A personal profile gives you an opportunity to show the employer / recruiter a little about you, a brief overview about your experience, your suitability for the role and any skills / achievements.

Work History:

We recommend that you all your relevant work history within the sector – you should always
include all your relevant work history; Where you have worked, when you worked there (months and years), Job Title and your key responsibilities.

If you are applying for Assessor / Internal Verifier / Tutor vacancies, you should always ensure that you show your occupational competency for the sectors that you are delivering in.

For example; If you are a Health and Social Care Assessor (trainee or qualified), it is essential that you list your occupational experience within Care which allows you to assess H&SC

Relevant Qualifications:

Start with your most recent education and work your way back. You should include the date that your qualification was achieved, what the full name of the qualification is and the provider that you completed your qualification through. Make it clear if you are still working towards a qualification.

Any additional information:

This section allows you to inform the employer / recruiter if you are a car owner / driver, if you have a current DBS check, if you hold any relevant memberships etc…

We hope that the above tips will help you with writing your CV. If you are making applications through KM Recruitment, our Specialist Recruitment Team will thoroughly review your CV and discuss any key areas which are not present before making any applications on your behalf.

To read more of KM’s tips, please visit our Candidate Portal: http://www.kmrecruitment.co.uk/index.php/candidates

Business Secretary Sajid Javid Chairs group for business engagement following the EU Referendum


The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has established a new group on the 30th June 2016 which will bring together ministers from across the whole government to focus on
Business Engagement following the EU Referendum.

The group will meet together week commencing 4th July 2016 which will give the ministers an opportunity to discuss any views, thoughts and concerns from businesses across the UK from all sectors. They will also provide businesses with the information that they need regarding the EU Referendum. The discussions conducted within this group will feed into the new EU
Referendum unit which has been established in the cabinet office.

Sajid Javid (Business Secretary) said;

Now more than ever, businesses need certainty so it’s vital that the government maintains an open and continuous dialogue. We must work together to make sure the world knows that the UK is still open for business and remains an attractive place with which to trade and invest.

Working with ministers across government, I will make sure businesses have the information they need and work with them to identify opportunities as they open up.

For more information, please visit the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-innovation-skills

References taken from: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/business-secretary-to-chair-government-group-focused-on-business-engagement-following-referendum

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