Using courses to get the edge in the jobs market

Due to the nature of the current job market it’s more important than ever to make sure you stand out from the crowd. Jobs specifications are fast changing and more people are taking steps to enhance and refresh their skills. With the number of applicants per job on the rise, recruiters say it’s essential for job seekers to go the extra mile to improve their chances of getting hired.

Get the skills!
A key way of adding value to your CV is by continuing your education, and enhanced levels of skills are often the clincher when you’re fighting for selection.

By upgrading your skills you’ll stay up to date with the latest advances in office technology, giving you the edge over your competition.

Improving your skill-set by taking up a course shows dedication and commitment, and adds a large amount of value to your CV in the eyes of an employer. They’ll be impressed by your enthusiasm and see that you would easily fit into their working environment.

Plus, if you can demonstrate key skills for your target job, employers know that you’ll need a shorter induction period and less supervision than someone who hasn’t developed these skills.

With employers now having a large pool of candidates to choose from, many will now add typing and Microsoft skills to their selection criteria. Most people will consider their abilities in these subjects to be adequate or even excellent, yet most have no formal training in this area since studying ICT at school.

Shilpa Wymer of Holborn Training says, “Most people complete our Microsoft Office Courses in 4-6 weeks, depending on how much studying they can fit into their daily routine. We also offer a Microsoft Office fast track Diploma which gives you key skills in just 3 weeks study time. We also have a wide range of courses on offer, all of which provide you with an armoury of transferable skills. You can see the full list at”.

“The best way to check whether your office skills are what employers are looking for is by visiting one of our Pitman Training Centres in Holborn, Notting Hill or Manchester where we have a number of free tests which can assess your skill levels and advise you on the most appropriate course.”

Perfect your interview technique

When you’ve got the skills and the dazzling CV, your chances of getting an interview will have increased dramatically.

By completing a course, you’ll often improve your confidence in your skills and ability; resulting in a much-needed boost at the interview stage.

If you need an extra helping hand, Pitman Training offer a course called “Go Get That Job”, designed specifically to help you on your job hunt. It’s popular because it’s quick and low cost, and will give you lots of practical information on how to stand out from the crowd.

With 20+ years of experience writing CVs, it still puts a smile on my face when I hear a client has secured an interview Lee Tonge - Founder and Director


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