Top 10 Interview Tips

After carefully following our ‘10 Tips For Creating a Great C.V. ’ the next step is to get prepared for interviews. At Sixth Sense Training HQ, we interview a wide range of candidates for a variety of roles within a vast number of organisations, so we see a lot of good and bad examples. The interview stage is the employer’s way of getting to know more about you so it is vital you prepare. However, interviews also give the applicant the opportunity to impress and to find out more about the job role and the organisation you would be working for. We understand that interviews can often be daunting experiences so follow our top 10 tips to ease your fears and show why you are the perfect candidate.

  1. Do your researchIt is always encouraging to speak with proactive candidates who have taken the time to research the job role and have a rough idea what will be expected of them. Most businesses have an online presence, so have a look at their website, social media, and even any online news articles to see what you can find out about the company, what they do, and their company ethos. Also be sure to have a copy of the job advert and try to match your skills and strengths with the job duties they are looking for.
  2. Practise your responses- In an interview, you will be asked a series of questions in regards to your C.V. Interviewers are always interested to see what you can bring to the role, how you plan to do so, and what your future aspirations are. These questions can seem scary, however by practising your responses before attending the interview, you should be able to highlight your skills and provide evidence of how you might have previously used these skills to get tasks completed. Taking the time to practice really does pay off.
  3. Dress for the job you want– First impressions are important and interviewers always like to see candidates making an effort rather than turning up in their jeans and trainers. Now, we understand that not everybody owns a business suit, but a smart outfit and good personal hygiene are essential to show the interviewer you are professional, ready to work and be conscious of the employer’s environment and expectations of their workforce.
  4. Don’t just talk the talk– We love receiving C.V’s highlighting a variety of skills and achievements. But reading about them is not enough for us to put you forward to an employer. We’re not expecting candidates to carry out a series of tasks like The Apprentice, but we need want to know why these skills would be beneficial to the position you are applying for and how you implemented such skills in previous roles. Don’t just say you are good at something, justify it.
  5. Interview the Interviewer– Nine times out of ten, the positions we advertise for will intentionally not mention the salary or the company we are recruiting for. We always try to fill the candidate in on these factors during the interview, but it’s good to see a candidate being proactive and preparing questions on these factors for the interviewer. Good questions to ask are- What progression did the previous employee in this role make upon completion of my Modern Apprenticeship? And will similar opportunities be available to me?
  6. Be early– But not too early. We don’t want you lingering around aimlessly waiting to be seen. Arriving five or ten minutes before your scheduled time is perfect. As a recruiter, there is nothing more annoying than a good candidate who turns up late for their interview slot. Or doesn’t turn up at all. Being early shows the employer that you are serious about the position and sets a good example. Be sure to factor in travel time and if you are running slightly late, contact the employer to let them know. Use Google maps to plan your journey, know the building you are going to and allow extra time.
  7. Employers love passion– There is nothing better than speaking to somebody who is genuinely passionate about the position they are applying for. Show us why you are passionate and don’t forget that your body language and tone of voice go a long way to showing us this. Be as honest, open and positive with your interviewer as possible.
  8. Use Professional Language– In Scotland, many people tend to use slang in normal conversation- “aye, naw, ken, yous” etc. But no boss wants to hear this when they’ve just met you and if you are applying for a job that involves answering phones, dealing with the public or other businesses. Practise your interview voice, correct terminology and remember that your interviewer is a professional and not one of your mates or family.
  9. Breathe– Interviews can be a stressful experience, but try to relax and remain as calm as possible. Bring a bottle of water into the interview and take a second to regroup if it all gets a bit too much. Try to use your body language to exude confidence by maintaining eye contact and shaking the interviewer’s hand at the beginning and the end of the interview. If you prepare correctly then you should be confident of your chances.
  10. Follow Up– Although you don’t want to pester the interviewer for days after your interview and bombard them with phone calls when they are still trying to make their final decision. Instead, send them a short email within 24 hours thanking them for seeing you, reiterating your interest in the job and highlighting any additional details that may have been overlooked in the interview. It’ll keep you at the forefront of the interviewer’s mind and let them know you are serious about getting hired.

    Good luck and remember that everything takes practice. If you aren’t successful at your interview, don’t get disheartened. You will get better with practice and eventually the right opportunity will come along!


 

Interview Tips

Top 10 Tips for Creating a Great C.V.

One of the most important aspects when looking for a Modern Apprenticeship is creating a great C.V. If you take the time to get it right you will secure interviews in no time, if not you may be overlooked time and time again by employers. Your Curriculum Vitae is a place to include all your work experience, education, personal achievements and a great way to sell yourself to prospective employers. Here we give you our top 10 tips on creating the perfect C.V to land your perfect job.


1. Take your time: One of the most common things we see at Sixth Sense HQ from young job hunters is a rushed CV. Missing information, spelling mistakes and grammatical errors are the main culprits and spending a little bit of time making sure your CV is detailed and free from mistakes can make a huge difference to your chance of success.

2. Express your Individuality: Many potential apprentices have similar employment backgrounds and educational histories so it is important to distinguish yourself and put your personality into your C.V. Experiment with the layout, add an “about me” section, list your interests and hobbies, some candidates even create video C.Vs and go digital. Just make sure that your creativity doesn’t distract from the message by being difficult to read!

3. Keep It Brief: A good C.V should be no longer than two A4 pages. This should be plenty of space to include all relevant information and not too long so as to lose the employer’s interest.

4. Make sure your C.V is up-to-date: Many candidates forget to update their C.V regularly, and potentially crucial information is left off. Recent work placements, and new qualifications are often forgotten that could be the difference between getting an interview or your application being passed over.

5. Tailor Your Application: Another common issue with job seekers is that their application isn’t tailored to the specific role they are applying for. If you are looking for a Digital Marketing role, your application should reflect this and not focus on your interest in health & beauty for example.

6. Include a reference: Whether it is a previous employer, a teacher or lecturer or even a coach or youth worker, having a reference to vouch for you can be a great way of validating your application.

7. Ensure the CV is in date order: Your most recent employment and your highest level of qualification should always come first in their relevant sections. This allows an employer to easily identify your career path so far and your level of academic achievement. Make sure start and end dates are accurate.

8. Use a professional e-mail address: Although cuteprincessxx@live.com or weemadtoner@gmail.com might go down well with your friends, they do not give off a great first impression to potential employers. A simple firstname.lastname email address is ideal for job-seeking and allows you to keep all correspondence separate from your Topshop offers and chain-mails from Gran so that that job offer doesn’t get lost in the shuffle!

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9. Always watch your font: It might look cute but Comic Sans is never O.K for a C.V. A simple font like Times New Roman, looks professional, is easy to read and won’t make recruiters roll their eyes.

10. Use professional language: In Scotland especially we have a tendency to speak in slang, text speak and made up words. Avoid phrases like “I would love to work for yous” and “A am” instead of “I am”. A C.V is a professional document and it is important you maintain a professional tone.

 

Skills Scotland: Glasgow 29th & 30th November

Sixth Sense Training are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at this year’s Skills Scotland careers event at the SEC Glasgow. The event, which will run on Thursday 29th & Friday 30th November, is being organised by the excellent Prospect events and is a great opportunity for young people living in the Central Belt to come and learn more about modern apprenticeships and the potential career paths available to them.

Sixth Sense Training will be showcasing all of our innovative qualifications, including Digital Marketing and Digital Applications which have seen a huge rise in vacancies from our partner employers. Our team will be on hand to receive C.Vs and contact details from job hunters that wish to be considered for future roles, as well as explaining the career paths, day-to-day duties, and life as a modern apprentice.

In the last year Sixth Sense Training has worked with top employers such as North Lanarkshire Council, Rainbow Rooms, NHS and Action for Children to get young people into some amazing job roles such as Social Media Executives, Software Developer and Customer Service assistants. These young people have risen to the challenge, grew into their respective roles and have now became vital members of their teams in organisations across Scotland. We are now looking for the next wave of job seekers that have decided on Modern Apprenticeships as their preferred journey as well as those who just want to learn a little bit more about the programmes in order for them to make an informed choice of their options before stepping onto the career ladder.


Highlights of previous Skills Scotland careers and skills events in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

We will also be offering one on one sessions with potential job seekers where a member of our team will sit down with you and analyse your CV and suggest improvements and potential career paths your skills may suit. These sessions can be booked in advance and will give you an in-depth perspective on office based modern apprenticeships and the careers they can help unlock.

As well as Sixth Sense Training there will be stands from SDS, Young Scot and many more as well as an apprenticeship theatre and Get Skilled stands!

Skills Development Scotland will be hosting the apprenticeship theatre for 2017. This will offer a full programme of seminars aimed predominantly at the promotion of Foundation Apprenticeships to S4 students and a wider Apprenticeship journey message for S5 and S6 students.

Get Skilled stands offer in-depth knowledge about certain industries. You can discover new talents and try loads of different skills when you get hands-on with a Get Skilled activity. “Experts are always on hand to help as you learn something new and try work-based skills; the aim is to ensure each Get Skilled stand represents a different career sector so we promote as wide a range as possible to you, the visitors.”

 


If you would like to book a one to one session e-mail  recruitment@sixthsense-training.com and one of our team will be happy to help.

Skills Scotland will take place at the SEC Glasgow on Thursday 29th November 9.30am-3pm and 5pm-7pm and Friday 30th November 9.30am-3pm.

Sixth Sense Training will be located on Stand 5.

More information on Skills Scotland can be found Here


 

There’s No Wrong Path to Employment.

At Sixth Sense Training, we understand that everybody’s method of learning is different. We also realise that exam situations don’t always provide an accurate reflection of an individual’s ability, work ethic or willingness to learn. However, we’re also aware that many young people across Scotland have been left speculating what the future holds after receiving SQA exam results.

In a bid to ease fears and illustrate that exam results shouldn’t define the career of a young person, Glasgow City Council’s ‘Developing the Young Workforce’ (DYW) department implemented the social media campaign #NoWrongPath. The #NoWrongPath campaign celebrated the range of diverse career paths that have been taken by employees throughout Scotland since leaving secondary school. Participants were asked to post a photograph holding a sign with their name, what they were doing when they left school and what they doing now, along with the caption #NoWrongPath.

The campaign, which launched – and trended- across social media platforms on August 8th to coincide with the Scottish Exam Results Day, was supported by a wide range of successful organisations, business personnel and famous faces, such as Scottish singer KT Tunstall and STV weatherman, Seán Batty.


The campaign came at an important time, as the UK government has outlined plans to get more young people ready for full-time employment by 2021 following reports that young people leaving higher education are lacking the skills required to immediately go into the workplace.

As a result of these reports, the Scottish government are promoting alternative routes to work to give young people the best possible chance of succeeding. College and university courses remain the favoured routes of school leavers. However, vocational qualifications, such as Modern Apprenticeships, are a popular route being promoted.

Modern Apprenticeships appeal to both employers and employees as apprentices are trained in skills relevant to the workplace, the qualification is government funded and can be completed within a year.


Its clear there remains a degree of apprehension surrounding modern apprenticeships. They are often considered to be second rate alternatives to college or university. The stereotypical role of an apprentice as being the ‘lackey’ still exists along with the assumption of poor wages and prospects. 

This apprehension was confirmed in a recent study carried out by The Sutton Trust who found that 80% of young people believed that their career prospects would be greater enhanced graduating from college or university, opposed to completing an apprenticeship.

Additionally, many people believe that graduates are more likely to earn better salaries when compared with modern apprentices. However, the study found this to be untrue and confirmed that apprenticeships often lead to similar career earnings as undergraduate university jobs.


Contact Sixth Sense Training today if you, or anyone you know, is interested in completing, or recruiting, a Modern Apprenticeship.

Check out our current opportunities here.

Let Sixth Sense Training guide you on the correct path.


 

Digital Jumpstart- Booster tools for small businesses.

We are delighted to announce that we are launching our new Digital Jumpstart programme for small businesses. This additional service is designed to help the businesses that we work with flourish by offering the implementation of several technologies that are beneficial to the running and operation of your company in the digital age. These services are now available and completely free to any business that has a Sixth Sense Training Modern Apprentice working for their organisation. The service is designed to streamline the day to day running of your business as well as increase your business’s online exposure.

So now not only do you get 100% government funded training for your business’s new apprentice, with Digital Jumpstart you also get access to our business expert’s experience and tried and tested tools to help you grow your business.

The following Digital Jumpstart services are now available to any interested business that employs at least one modern apprentice:

Professional Website Design– Studies show that between 70-80% of people research a company online before visiting the small business or making a purchase with them. Therefore, it is important that when potential customers search for your company they are impressed with what they find. A sleek, well-made website really highlights the professionalism of your business and offers the consumer confidence in choosing you. Our in-house IT team will create a functional website that is both aesthetically pleasing as well as automatically optimised for mobile browsers for any small business that we have an IT or Digital Modern Apprentice within. We will also provide the apprentice with the tools to maintain and update the site as required.

Online Coding Course–  We will fund an acclaimed external course that teaches your apprentice(s) the fundamentals. Develop insider tips to work quickly and efficiently with web technologies like HTML5, CSS3 and Python.  The course also shows the apprentice how to build your own responsive websites using more advanced techniques such as iQuery PHP 7, MySQL 5 and Twitter Bootstrap. By then they’ll be developing blogs and eCommerce sites with WordPress, and learn smart ways to add dynamic content, using APls to connect to sites such as Google Maps and Facebook. “As we all know, the best way to learn is to do, so you’ll complete fun website challenges at every turn. Plus, as you fly through the course, you’ll use your skills to put a site together as you go. The final challenge is a full Twitter clone.”

Bespoke Database Design– Free custom built, mobile friendly database, to hold your customer records, track sales and projects, collaborate with colleagues and more.

Customer Relations Manager– Make tracking your leads and sales as easy as possible. Combined with real-time
communication and task management in one place we will install a fully customisable CRM your team will love to use.

Social Media Management Platform– We will set up a social media management platform for your apprentice to effectively manage all your accounts in one place. Facebook Monitor Multiple Social Media Streams in One Place. This will allow you to schedule posts in advance, easily view analytics data and share information easily. You can also use the platform for social media listening which helps to manage customer service on social media efficiently.

Online Accounting SoftwareWe will implement cloud-based accounting software for small and medium-sized businesses that will allow you to manage invoices, payments, payroll and expenses far more efficiently. No more paper.

H.R System– Instantly access essential information, from key documents to contact details, with adaptable permissions to keep things secure. Individual logins mean your team can take responsibility for updating their own profiles. Team Members can request holiday days, unpaid leave and sick days, with a straightforward approval process for Team Leaders. See an overview of current and upcoming time off for your entire company. Personalise your working week and set restricted days in advance.



The Digital Jumpstart offerings are available for all of the following courses:

Digital Applications SVQ

Digital Marketing SVQ

ICT Professional SVQ

If you would like to take advantage of these services and would like to upskill your existing staff or use our complimentary recruitment service to hire a modern apprentice, please contact recruitment@sixthsense-training.com or fill out the web-form here.


 

Skills Development Scotland ‘Apprentice of the Year 2017’ Nomination

Skills Development Scotland Apprentice of the Year 2017

Sixth Sense Training’s very own Louise Goodman has been nominated for the Skills Development Scotland Apprentice of the Year award… and we couldn’t be prouder of her.Skills Development Scotland

Louise, who is dyslexic, has been completing her ICT Professional apprenticeship over the past few months whilst working 4 days a week in the Sixth Sense office as a systems administrator. Louise’s strong work ethic and passion for all things computer related meant she was an ideal candidate for the ICT apprenticeship.

Louise’s daily responsibilities see her cover various complex issues which keep the business running including working with the bespoke operating system in place at Sixth Sense, diagnosing and fixing technical faults in the office, investigating and correcting faults in customers data entries, providing IT and telecom support and developing the website through content development and using WordPress.


When Louise began her SVQ qualification, Sixth Sense Training were dealing with significantly fewer apprentice applications than we currently deal with today. This increase in apprenticeship applicants has meant Louise has had to put all her ICT training into practise to deal with the increased business demands and the company is currently thriving thanks to some of Louise’s innovative IT ideas.

All the team at Sixth Sense would like to wish Louise the best of luck in her quest to be crowned Scottish Apprentice of the Year 2017 and to remind her that regardless of the outcome, she is an asset to the team at Sixth Sense Training.


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Think you could be a future apprentice of the year?

If you believe you’ve got what it takes to follow in Louise’s footsteps and complete a modern apprenticeship, then sign up with Sixth Sense Training today.

We can assist you with your search for a job and help you develop your skillset.


Follow the link above for further information on modern apprenticeships or contact us to chat.

(01355) 698011

info@sixthsense-training.com

Learning Disability Week 2017

Learning Disability Week

Mencap is using this year’s Learning Disability Week (19-25 June) to urge employers to think about the benefits of employing people with a learning disability – both for the person with a learning disability and also for the organisation in which they work.

Research carried out by Mencap has indicated there are a number of barriers, which make it harder for people with a learning disability to find, and stay in work. These include negative attitudes and low expectations towards people with a learning disability from employers, managers and colleagues; skills and qualifications gaps, lack of flexible, personalised employment programmes and unfair treatment and discrimination in the workplace.


The week aims to highlight, and remove the barriers faced by people with a learning disability to ensure they enjoy the same quality of life as the population as a whole.

According to research carried out by Mencap, nearly 1 in 3 of 18-35 year olds with a learning disability spend less than 1 hour a day outside their homes and currently 8 in 10 working age people have a mild or moderate learning disability. However, fewer than 2 in 10 are in employment, with less than 6% in paid employment.

We want to help change that.


Here at Sixth Sense Training we pride ourselves on being open and accessible to the needs of the employers and the candidate’s personal circumstances. We aim to match each employee with the perfect business, allowing both to thrive.

Our partnership with assistive technology specialists, Concept Northern, has made this a reality. Concept Northern continually support people with disabilities and learning difficulties in employment, education and privately.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of employing a team member with a learning disability, including boosting staff morale, financial costs and improving the public image of your company by demonstrating a commitment to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace, then contact Sixth Sense Training.

To recruit individuals with learning disabilities and to find out what job opportunities are available in your area visit www.sixthsense-training.com for further information.


Additionally, visit Mencap’s website to see if you can make a difference-

Mencap employers’ resources [online] at: https://www.mencap.org.uk/learning-disability-explained/resources-employers

Mencap Learning Disability Week resources [online] at: https://www.mencap.org.uk/get-involved/learning-disability-week-2017

 

Scottish Employment Recruitment Incentive Funding 2017

Modern Apprenticeships for a Modern Workplace

Sixth Sense Training has a history of investing in young people and we are passionate about providing opportunities to those young people that have experienced challenges in life. Time and again we have supported employers in recruiting a young person with barriers to employment and that person has made the most of the opportunity, flourished and became a real asset to the business. A Modern Apprenticeship is a great way for business to grow and for young people living in Scotland to secure a bright future through experience in the workplace, training and the qualification that they attain.

In an effort to promote this valuable chance for businesses to build their workforce whilst providing young people with this opportunity, the government has again opened the Scottish Employment Recruitment Incentive (SERI) for 2017, which targets support at unemployed young people with the greatest barriers to employment to enable them to obtain and remain in sustainable employment including Modern Apprenticeships.


SERI is administered by Our Skillsforce and allows your company to get up to £4,000 when the business commits to hiring a Modern Apprentice (MA). The funding is a contribution towards the additional costs of recruiting a young person during their first 52 weeks of sustainable employment.

The incentive is a co-investment in young people with a view to helping businesses grow. As a national minimum, it is expected that 25% of places allocated to local authorities will support young people who are care leavers, carers, an ex-offender or disabled.

Funding is available from 1 April 2017 to 31 January 2018 to private or third sector organisations of any size. You’ll need to recruit someone who is 16-19 years old and fits one or more of the eligible groups. Our expert recruiters can help you determine whether the candidate is eligible and help you navigate the application process.

Your business will need to demonstrate the ability to offer a young person employment lasting a minimum of 52 weeks during the modern apprenticeship.


More information, along with the Eligibility Criteria can be found here.

Please contact us at info@sixthsense-training.com for more information or to begin the recruitment process.

 

The Apprenticeship Levy And Scottish Businesses

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What Is The Apprenticeship Levy?

In 2015 the UK government announced an apprenticeship levy on all employers with the aim of funding both foundation and modern apprenticeship schemes and eventually delivering over three million apprenticeships with a target date of 2020.

The levy is applicable to all businesses in U.K and is set at a rate of 0.5% of the employer’s payroll. The good news for businesses is that employers will be entitled to an allowance of £15000 to use for apprenticeship training in order to offset the payment. This effectively means that the levy will only be payable on a payroll in excess of £3 million per year.

Smaller companies can still take advantage of available Government funding, which is likely to include an employer contribution.


What Does This Mean For My Business?

Many companies affected by the levy currently either have a small provision for apprenticeships or in many cases don’t provide apprenticeships at all at present. Therefore, many businesses will only be able to reap the benefit of the outlay by implementing a new or expanding their existing, apprenticeship programme.

At Sixth Sense Training we have a fantastic record of taking young inexperienced candidates and, along with great employers, nurturing and training them into valuable assets to the businesses we work with. Who better to partner with and help you minimise the risks and maximise both the opportunities and the value of your businesses contributions that come along with the levy?


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What Can Sixth Sense Training To Do Help? 

  • The levy can be used to upskill existing employees through the SVQ’s that we provide.
  • We can offer a free recruitment service to businesses to hire and train employees working towards a Modern Apprenticeship.
  • Help you define and create your company’s own personalised apprenticeship programme.
  • Advise on any additional funding that may be available.

Further Information Can Be Found At Skills Development Scotland’s Website Here.

 

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