Technology is a powerful tool that job-seekers use throughout the employment journey to secure a job they love.
Using the internet, emailing resumes, browsing social media and reviewing job boards online is all part of the employment journey.
Trainees of our SLES (School Leaver Employment Service) use technology to research employment opportunities, job roles and responsibilities. They use technology to plan their travel to and from industry visits and work experience. Technology also helps trainees develop professional resumes for potential employers.
Now, SLES trainers are supporting trainees to go one step further, to use technology to create virtual resumes that can be emailed and posted online. The virtual resumes include graphics, voice recordings, with engaging transitions to present an overview of each trainee’s skills, strengths, and enthusiasm.
Ervin and Myra are the first two trainees to complete their virtual resumes.
Trainees narrate their resumes covering topics such as their readiness to work, the skills they are proud of and their work experience. They also put forward reasons why they would make a good employee, and they include references from their SLES trainers. Trainees’ virtual resumes finish with phone and email contact details for employers to contact them for interview opportunities.
“One of the benefits of sending potential employers a virtual resume is that it allows trainees to let their personalities shine even before they have sat for an interview. Employers get to know trainees on a personal level, their ambitions and skills, and shows the effort that trainees are willing to put in to secure employment,” said Symone Marjanovic, National Employment Supports Manager.
“Once trainees create their virtual resumes, we can copy the link and send it through to potential employers to access, or we can load them onto an iPad to take during industry visits.”
Our SLES service focuses on developing communication, social and work readiness skills. By developing technology skills to create virtual resumes, trainees expand their ability to communicate with a variety of people. It also helps trainees develop confidence in promoting their strengths and eagerness to work, which is a skill that will help them find their ideal job in the future.
Find out more about Afford’s SLES service and how you can get the support you need to find the job that’s right for you.