How do you know if you are ready to enter the World of Work? Here at The Ruth Gorse Academy, we help our students to develop the employability skills they will need to enter the job market when they finish school, including support with producing a CV, writing a cover letter, completing a job application and preparing for an interview!

REMEMBER: The ‘Mag 10’ school rules apply to ALL of the areas mentioned below, as neatness, presentation and accurate SPAG are all basic requirements for any job that you might want to do in the future!

A CV is often the first step in applying for many jobs and apprenticeships – starting one be quite daunting for students, so as well as the resources and templates available below, Mr. Webb is always available on breaks or lunchtimes to help students start, change or complete their CVs

How to write a CV – A guide from
As technology has changed the way that people apply for jobs and made it easier and easier to send many applications at once via email or a job search engine, it has become even more important to stand out from the crowd and that is what a cover letter can allow you to do! Check out the links below for more information about cover letters and how to write them or come and see Mr. Webb at breaks or lunchtimes for help getting started:

How to write a Cover Letter
There are many ways to fill in a job application today, from the traditional paper application to the much more common online application – these can involve completing all sorts of details about yourself, from education and work history through to your greatest achievements outside of school and sometimes even involve online skills tests or personality quizzes to help the employer get a better idea of what you are like as a person! Have a look at the links below to find out more about job applications and have a go at completing the attached template if you are feeling confident!

Filling in application forms
Writing a successful job application
Preparing for an interview for a job, college course, apprenticeship or any other opportunity can often feel incredibly daunting, particularly if you haven’t done one before! As well as the great tips and advice found on the Barclays LifeSkills website below, you will also get the chance to practice your interview skills while at school in mock interview scenarios and can arrange to see Mr. Webb for an appointment if you are preparing for an interview and want some extra help and support:

I want to prepare for an interview – Barclays Life Skills
As mentioned in the ‘Job Applications’ section above, Skills Assessments are becoming a big part of the application process and often require people to think quickly to answer a number of questions under timed conditions – these could be:

  • Psychometric – designed to test your personality and whether you would be a good fit for the company you want to work for.
  • Literacy – designed to test how quickly you can read and understand information – important if you are going to be handling information and communicating via email with other employees!
  • Typing – designed to test how quickly you can process information and the speed of your typing – vital if you have to communicate via email or type up lots of reports in your job!
  • Numerical – designed to test how quickly you can process mathematical problems and understand data – very important for any job where you might be handling money or customer information!
  • Spatial – designed to test your problem-solving skills by getting you to answer logic questions against the clock! These skills are crucial for any job!

Check out the link below to practice Skills Assessments for real, or speak to Mr. Webb if you want to find out more about what Skills Assessments are and how they work!

Skills Assessment Online Practice Test – Barclays Life Skills
Over the course of your career, you may not only want to work for companies and organisations – you might also want to run your own business or work for yourself as a sole trader to sell products and services to people your own way! These guides from Prospects and The Prince’s Trust can help you to understand what it is actually like to be self-employed and some of the things you might have to consider before starting up your own business in the future:

Self-employment vs Emplotment