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Are you searching for work whilst running your business during the pandemic, or have you decided to move away from self-employment altogether? If so, EnterprisingYou are here to help refocus your career!

Applying for jobs can be a daunting task, especially when 75 percent of resume are rejected before even reaching the hiring manager. From nailing your CV and cover letter to being prepared for interviews, it’s often hard to know where to start, which is why we’ve teamed up with online career support platform Abintegro to give you the best chance of success in a competitive job market.

Abintegro’s unique online platform gives users 24/7 access to over 10,000 online courses, articles and videos to help you succeed, and the best part is it’s free for those on EnterprisingYou’s government-funded programme.

Here are just a handful of the many features on offer:

CV and Cover Letter Support
Not only is having a great CV and cover letter absolutely crucial to securing a job interview, but it’s also your ticket to stand out from the start. Nowadays, many CVs don’t even reach a human pair of eyes, with a staggering 99% of Fortune 500 companies filtering all incoming resumes through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS); such technology can discard a CV for being formatted incorrectly. Abintegro’s job application support resources include a handy CV builder with downloadable templates, allowing you to ‘wow’ in no time.

Interview Help
Interviews can be pretty nerve wracking, with a lot of pressure to make the right impression. At EnterprisingYou, we want you to feel confident in any interview, which is why we make sure you have access to all the best tips and tricks. This includes an online interview simulator, which lets you practice answers to commonly asked job interview questions and watch back your responses, all in the privacy of your own home.

Assessments and Aptitude Tests
To gain your best chance of success when applying for jobs, it can be beneficial to really think about your strengths and weaknesses. Not only is this type of self-awareness helpful when considering what role might suit you best, but it is also worth thinking about in advance of interviews and assessment centres. Psychometric testing is employed in more than 70% of Times Top 100 companies (Abintegro); you can prepare by assessing your personality, resilience, workplace preferences and motivation with Abintegro’s variety of psychometric and aptitude tests. There are also resources to test numerical, verbal and spatial skills, among others. Practice makes perfect!

Develop your employability skills with a fantastic selection of e-learning courses, covering key areas including handling interviews, researching employers, networking, working with recruiters, leadership, LinkedIn support, presentation, and even perfecting your ‘elevator pitch’. These are just a few of the many courses available, and there are also expert videos to watch, by the likes of hiring managers and professional career coaches.

Career Advice
We are living in very uncertain times at the moment, so it’s understandable to feel stressed and confused. For those who feel at a bit of a cross-roads, unsure of which path to take, Abintegro’s career advice is an absolutely invaluable way to further explore future possibilities, decision making and preparing for work, which should help to give you more direction, alongside other resources on the EnterprisingYou programme.

Job Search Tool
Once you have boosted your employability skills and feel confident to start applying, Abintegro’s quick and easy to use job search engine can help you to find exactly what you’re looking for. Search and filter through a variety of vacancies to find the right match for you.

How to access these resources
Those on the EnterprisingYou programme can access all of the above, and more, by logging into their online portal and selecting the ‘careers and job search information’.

Here at EnterprisingYou, we provide fully-funded support to the self-employed and gig economy workers of Greater Manchester to improve their health and wellbeing. To access this kind of support and a variety of free government-funded support offerings, not seen anywhere else in the UK, get in touch with the EnterprisingYou team for a diagnostic and eligibility check onto our programme.

Find out more by calling us on 0161 667 6900 or email to info@enterprising-you.co.uk

About the author

Michael Ayre

Michael Ayre

Engagement Officer at the Growth Company

With an eclectic mix of experience including recruitment, employment support and over 5 years working within the prison service, Michael believes in the strength of communities and collaboration to ensure that everyone at all levels can achieve their aspirations. Michael is a keen runner and has a natural appetite for success, not just for himself but also for the people, businesses and communities around him.