GETTING A JOB

Your search - looking for a job

BT Work Ready supports young people and jobseekers to develop their skills and confidence and start their careers. We brought together a panel of inspirational people including young entrepreneurs, influencers and employers to share their personal experiences and advice on finding a job and staying motivated. This is the third video of the series. In it, we explore how to make the job search less painful and more productive. 

Job hunting can be time-consuming and it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start. BT Sport’s Andrew Mensah, and sportswoman and songwriter Chelcee Grimes, discuss some top tips on smarter searching to find your dream job.

Spencer Owen

Right where are we on our journey to getting that job we've got tips on choosing our mindset and planning our goals now we've got some insider info and what employers are looking for and how you can develop your own skills, but it's not just what employers want from you it's about what you want from employers and more specifically what job do you want to do that will take you one more step towards your goals and who's been joined by sports women seeing up songwriter Chelcee Grimes to find out about the do's and don'ts of job hunting online.

Andrew Mensah

Welcome to work ready live Chelcee is great time you give us

Chelcee Grimes

Thank you it's great to be here. I've been listening to all the brilliant advice and tips

Andrew Mensah

good aren't they let's carry on and talk about getting the most out of your job search. If you tough you need to put a lot of time and effort in. Let's be honest, you can get easily distracted.

Chelcee Grimes

Have you ever found yourself sitting on your phone or your laptop scrolling through pages and pages of jobs, it can feel like an endless search that one job that's perfect you feel like you'll never find something so it's easy to feel demoralised.

Andrew Mensah

so we want to share some top tips so you can work smarter and avoid the endless scroll effective job searches uses skills like time management motivation and looking for transferable skills and being precise the good news is that all of these skills you already have whether you know it or not.

Chelcee Grimes

Let's start with time management and motivation every day you decide what you spend your time on and how much time you dedicate to the things that important to you it just might be hard to motivate yourself to do the task that seemed daunting but you know for me Andrew for stuff like you know, my whole day from Monday to Sunday is in a diary it's all planned out and for me that does help, you know, make sure you plan ahead and regularly devote time to your job search, it doesn't have to be at the same time every day or for the same amount of time each day, you could even plan, you know, two day sessions a day and break up the time. Top tip make this decision the night before so you wake up each morning knowing what your plan is for the day and plan a little you know, reward yourself at the end of it when you've done it. I know I do.

Andrew Mensah

Okay once you've planned the time it's your job to use it wisely one way of doing things is to make a list of all your work preferences value skills and experience this will come in handy later when we talk about writing a great CV and it can help you narrow down your job search, so you're not wasting time looking at vacancies that aren't even relevant to you the advice is here to write down anything that has given you experience or work or responsibility. So you may have been a babysitter you might not think this is relevant but it is you've been put in a position of responsibility the parents would have said clear expectations of you and you've had to afford any problems that could have occurred like if the child was sick or had an accident these are all transferable skills that you're that you're development and your experience will have changed the way you approach other tasks and decisions include any activities you did outside of class at school college or at uni as well as projects you did and teamwork you did in class right down the description of what you did and act actually in eye statements. Such as. As I organize the time we would meet and talk about the project or I was responsible for checking in all the equipment after the activity Don't forget to include all the things that matter to you such as I want to work a job where it has flexible hours or it's important that I work for someone that thinks about their use of plastics. Reviewing these things will help you open up your mind to different industries and roles searched based on your transferable skills and interests.

Chelcee Grimes

Writing down lots of things like that will help you answer key questions about the type of work, you might be suited to like, you know, do you want to wake inside or outside? In one place or on the move. Are you able to do an active job like cleaning deliveries or even fruit picking? Would you like a desk based job? Would you like to work with adults older people or children?

Andrew Mensah

It's also a good time to answer some important questions about practical considerations about work.


For example, what kind of contract do you want full-time or part-time, can you work different shift patterns or just at the weekends? Consider transport to and from work? Is it near a bus stop or a car park? If you commute a lot longer with these open up more options for you.


Are there other things that need to be near like childcare or health care these answers may change over time but be honest and realistic. If something is a deal breaker, if you're not sure find out more.

Chelcee Grimes

Finally our last tip is to invest time and completing profiles and effectively use and filters on job search sites. This will give you a more tailored set of search results so you can feel more in control and invest time in creating great CVs and applications rather than scrolling through jobs. On many websites, you can set up alerts based on your search criteria, so you will automatically. Be emailed when new jobs that meet your criteria are posted.

Andrew Mensah

But it's not just about searching it's also about networking your CV LinkedIn is a great free site for building and network It's not just for people with long careers. Many companies advertise job vacancies and you can use those sites to follow companies and people that you're interested in and would like to work for

Chelcee Grimes

Having a profile on LinkedIn means that companies looking for someone with your skills can search and connect with you too. For those of you who don't know where to start on LinkedIn never fear BT are running a webinar with top tips on creating a great profile and getting the most out of it on the 19th of August. Sign up on bt.com/skillsfortomorrow/events.

Andrew Mensah

And don't forget to spread the word amongst your friends and your family. If people don't know you're looking for a job, they can't help you and you never know who will be able to introduce you to the right person lets wrap up with a quick look at our top tips for a smarter work job search.

Chelcee Grimes

Here are our top tips for a smart job search. Manage your time. Be strict with yourself plan each session in advance and reward yourself when you've done it. Get your facts together write and keep adding to a list of the skills and personality traits you have and what is important to you.
Be open to new ideas and opportunities you have all of you transferable skills to use so see where they can take you be clear on what's important to you your values and needs will be the thing that keep you going every day at work so be sure to include these in your choices in decisions get yourself notice learn how to create profiles searches and filters to get smarter at searching and so employers can connect with you.

BT Work Ready supports young people and jobseekers to develop their skills and confidence and start their careers. We brought together a panel of inspirational people including young entrepreneurs, influencers and employers to share their personal experiences and advice on finding a job and staying motivated. This is the third video of the series. In it, we explore how to make the job search less painful and more productive. 

Job hunting can be time-consuming and it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start. BT Sport’s Andrew Mensah, and sportswoman and songwriter Chelcee Grimes, discuss some top tips on smarter searching to find your dream job.

Spencer Owen

Right where are we on our journey to getting that job we've got tips on choosing our mindset and planning our goals now we've got some insider info and what employers are looking for and how you can develop your own skills, but it's not just what employers want from you it's about what you want from employers and more specifically what job do you want to do that will take you one more step towards your goals and who's been joined by sports women seeing up songwriter Chelcee Grimes to find out about the do's and don'ts of job hunting online.

Andrew Mensah

Welcome to work ready live Chelcee is great time you give us

Chelcee Grimes

Thank you it's great to be here. I've been listening to all the brilliant advice and tips

Andrew Mensah

good aren't they let's carry on and talk about getting the most out of your job search. If you tough you need to put a lot of time and effort in. Let's be honest, you can get easily distracted.

Chelcee Grimes

Have you ever found yourself sitting on your phone or your laptop scrolling through pages and pages of jobs, it can feel like an endless search that one job that's perfect you feel like you'll never find something so it's easy to feel demoralised.

Andrew Mensah

so we want to share some top tips so you can work smarter and avoid the endless scroll effective job searches uses skills like time management motivation and looking for transferable skills and being precise the good news is that all of these skills you already have whether you know it or not.

Chelcee Grimes

Let's start with time management and motivation every day you decide what you spend your time on and how much time you dedicate to the things that important to you it just might be hard to motivate yourself to do the task that seemed daunting but you know for me Andrew for stuff like you know, my whole day from Monday to Sunday is in a diary it's all planned out and for me that does help, you know, make sure you plan ahead and regularly devote time to your job search, it doesn't have to be at the same time every day or for the same amount of time each day, you could even plan, you know, two day sessions a day and break up the time. Top tip make this decision the night before so you wake up each morning knowing what your plan is for the day and plan a little you know, reward yourself at the end of it when you've done it. I know I do.

Andrew Mensah

Okay once you've planned the time it's your job to use it wisely one way of doing things is to make a list of all your work preferences value skills and experience this will come in handy later when we talk about writing a great CV and it can help you narrow down your job search, so you're not wasting time looking at vacancies that aren't even relevant to you the advice is here to write down anything that has given you experience or work or responsibility. So you may have been a babysitter you might not think this is relevant but it is you've been put in a position of responsibility the parents would have said clear expectations of you and you've had to afford any problems that could have occurred like if the child was sick or had an accident these are all transferable skills that you're that you're development and your experience will have changed the way you approach other tasks and decisions include any activities you did outside of class at school college or at uni as well as projects you did and teamwork you did in class right down the description of what you did and act actually in eye statements. Such as. As I organize the time we would meet and talk about the project or I was responsible for checking in all the equipment after the activity Don't forget to include all the things that matter to you such as I want to work a job where it has flexible hours or it's important that I work for someone that thinks about their use of plastics. Reviewing these things will help you open up your mind to different industries and roles searched based on your transferable skills and interests.

Chelcee Grimes

Writing down lots of things like that will help you answer key questions about the type of work, you might be suited to like, you know, do you want to wake inside or outside? In one place or on the move. Are you able to do an active job like cleaning deliveries or even fruit picking? Would you like a desk based job? Would you like to work with adults older people or children?

Andrew Mensah

It's also a good time to answer some important questions about practical considerations about work.


For example, what kind of contract do you want full-time or part-time, can you work different shift patterns or just at the weekends? Consider transport to and from work? Is it near a bus stop or a car park? If you commute a lot longer with these open up more options for you.


Are there other things that need to be near like childcare or health care these answers may change over time but be honest and realistic. If something is a deal breaker, if you're not sure find out more.

Chelcee Grimes

Finally our last tip is to invest time and completing profiles and effectively use and filters on job search sites. This will give you a more tailored set of search results so you can feel more in control and invest time in creating great CVs and applications rather than scrolling through jobs. On many websites, you can set up alerts based on your search criteria, so you will automatically. Be emailed when new jobs that meet your criteria are posted.

Andrew Mensah

But it's not just about searching it's also about networking your CV LinkedIn is a great free site for building and network It's not just for people with long careers. Many companies advertise job vacancies and you can use those sites to follow companies and people that you're interested in and would like to work for

Chelcee Grimes

Having a profile on LinkedIn means that companies looking for someone with your skills can search and connect with you too. For those of you who don't know where to start on LinkedIn never fear BT are running a webinar with top tips on creating a great profile and getting the most out of it on the 19th of August. Sign up on bt.com/skillsfortomorrow/events.

Andrew Mensah

And don't forget to spread the word amongst your friends and your family. If people don't know you're looking for a job, they can't help you and you never know who will be able to introduce you to the right person lets wrap up with a quick look at our top tips for a smarter work job search.

Chelcee Grimes

Here are our top tips for a smart job search. Manage your time. Be strict with yourself plan each session in advance and reward yourself when you've done it. Get your facts together write and keep adding to a list of the skills and personality traits you have and what is important to you.
Be open to new ideas and opportunities you have all of you transferable skills to use so see where they can take you be clear on what's important to you your values and needs will be the thing that keep you going every day at work so be sure to include these in your choices in decisions get yourself notice learn how to create profiles searches and filters to get smarter at searching and so employers can connect with you.

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