New Year, new career: Things to consider when applying for private household work

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The New Year presents an opportunity to branch out into unchartered territory or simply advance your skillset in the field of private housekeeping. Whether a seasoned household staff member or beginning your career in domestic service, getting that all-important first impression right is crucial when approaching a new position. Follow our simple guide to applying for jobs in 2016.

Finding household vacancies

There are several methods for finding employment as a domestic professional. Responding to classifieds is a tried and tested method, but in today’s job market the need to ensure potential employers receive your interest in a timely manner has moved the application process online. With specialist household recruitment services offering full domestic position details through their website, this approach is a must for applicants. If your previous job was secured this way, then chances are that the agency will be more than happy to recommend you for future vacancies. Whether you’re a qualified Estate Manager, Chef or Nanny, the network effect is hugely influential in this area of employment.

Applying for domestic positions

No matter how qualified a candidate is, if they don’t apply themselves to their application then chances are another candidate who has followed every formality will get noticed in the early stages ahead of them. To avoid being eliminated in the first round, make sure that you tick every box as instructed, then move on to explain how your skillset matches every requirement in the job description. Once your application and resume are complete, ensure that any conceivable documents or background information are easy to pass on, should it be required by the agency. Household employers often need to fill a position at short notice and simply don’t have the time to wait for delayed paperwork, which could result in a less qualified applicant being hired in the meantime.

As a general rule the following resources are essential in almost every private domestic application process:

  • Current (up-to-date) CV
  • Identification documents and sometimes a recent photograph
  • Recommendations and a reference list (see below)
  • Record of your previous addresses
  • Brief explanation of your background – this is especially important for agencies in the screening process and candidates must be honest, offering details on any driving, credit history, civil litigation incidences and criminal behaviour that could affect their ability to carry out the duties expected.

Receiving Recommendations

Finally, potential employers will want to see third-party validation of your experience and performance in similar positions. It should be standard to obtain a letter of recommendation whenever you leave a household and having a few recommendations from different previous employees can greatly support your application in the present. Likewise, your reference list should include contact details for past employers should the agency wish to contact them for verification. It is essential to first check that the contacts listed are happy to act as a referee on your behalf and provide details when asked.

Remember there are several candidates applying for any one domestic job and in an area so focused on correct and proper attention to detail, the best way to stand out from a pile of applications is to first ensure that yours follows these guidelines to the letter. After that, you can embellish your application with the unique attributes, skills and experience you can bring to the position to benefit future households.

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Focus on Digital Skills IT Subjects for Students

Learn “Digital Skills” leading to a better career future

With unemployment currently at a high in the UK for the under 25’s and school leavers, getting on the right courses and having the right education is vital for the future. Many in education, employment arena as well as the political sector feel that the way forward is to focus more emphasis on I.T (Information Technology) training and digital skills in the main.

As many feel that the I.T jobs relating to the internet and general IT skills as growth area for students and school leavers alike. With more company’s increasing the way they do business in the UK now via the Internet, there has never been such a good time to gain the much needed skills and training in the I.T and Digital vocational areas.

According to the “CBI” (UK’s top business lobbying organisation) known to many as the voice for UK business, as they feel it will only become more & more important as the UK moves much closer to the high-skilled jobs market, and the CBI feel that opportunities for those without the right qualifications will fall sharply. As I.T and Digital skills in particular now vital for education and employment: we know that you’re 25% more likely to get work when you have web skills, and, once in that job, you’ll earn 10% more.

Even the biggest public sector union Unison, which has conducted a national skills survey from over 1.25 million of its members, found that almost half of middle-aged, low-paid women (in non-office jobs or jobs with minimal IT requirements) highlighted that lack of digital knowhow, skills and training was their most serious skills gap. Other surprising figures shows that nearly 4 million of around the 8.6 million adults in the UK have never used the internet are from our hardest-to-reach groups or more deprived areas on low income base.

The Northampton College booth lane offers a wide range of courses in all subject categories including IT (Information Technology) and Digital Skills, so why not look at BTEC Courses in Northampton for a valued qualification leading to a better career future.