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At York Jobs Fair employers and training providers will be filling York Railway Institute. This is an opportunity to meet with employers, find out what jobs are out there and ask any questions.

Some of you might already have an idea of what employers and industry you want to work in. So we did you a favour. We asked some of the employers what they were looking for in job candidates.

Knowledge of Job

The Royal Army told us they like candidates to show some knowledge of the company and industry they are going into. Try searching online for the company and find out key points about them. Read and re-read the job description and pick up key words so you understand the role. If you don’t understand, try asking someone who works in that industry or search online.

Job Specific CVs

A generic CV that you send out for every job is no longer good enough. Employers are looking for specific people to fill roles and you need to show that you’re not just a generic person. York College said “Make sure a CV includes information relevant to the job to demonstrate you have thought about the job and how your experience and skills match”.

Hiscox Insurance advised that you should “write a personal statement that relates to the job and reflects your personality”. Make sure your CV doesn’t get lost in the crowd. Hiscox and North Yorkshire Police also both look for a full employment history with gaps explained.

Personality

Care provider, Mencap, were quick to tell us that a positive attitude can go a long way to securing you a job. Similarly, Heritage Health Care said that motivation and enthusiasm for the role was a contributing factor to choosing a candidate.

Independent Living Scheme have a really positive view of personalities. They’re keen for candidates to be friendly and have a good sense of humour. They also touched on the importance of being reliable and punctual.

Experience

For those fresh out of university or changing careers, this can be the biggest barrier when looking for a job, but it doesn’t have to be. Blue Bird Care advised us that using non-work related experience can still help you to stand out from the pack. So those voluntary hours you did or even a hobby can help you land a job.

Marriot Hotels and Langleys Solicitors both pointed to experience as an important factor. Langleys went on to say that whatever experience you do have, be sure to give a clear explanation and how it is relevant to the role you’re interested in.

Communication Skills

By far, one of the most universal factors seems to be communication skills and the ability to work as a team. Network Rail, Smyths, Benenden and Dobson Dental all touched on this.

Throughout all industries, having these skills is very important. When speaking to employers be sure to show signs of good communication skills by listing to what they have to say and responding appropriately, maintaining eye contact when talking to someone and being polite.