The Christians Against Poverty Job Club is a friendly place where you will get practical help as you seek employment. It’s a relaxed environment with the chance to meet other jobseekers, get support and gain the tools you need to find work.
CAP Job Clubs help jobseekers gain the tools, skills and confidence to step back into employment. Our combined practical and emotional support is why the Department of Work and Pensions highly recommends our service.
Being unemployed can be hard to deal with on your own, but being part of our CAP Job Club means you face the challenge with other people in similar situations. Here in Colchester, we have found that some courses start with a larger group and finish with a smaller group, because some participants have found jobs!
Steps to Employment
Job Club is made up of eight sessions designed to help you find employment, step by step. We run CAP Job Club during term time, meeting once a week for an hour and a half. The course is completely free of charge, with refreshments and snacks provided.
Session 1: Finding your Motivation
We know it can be really hard to stay motivated when looking for a job, particularly if you’ve been doing it for a while. This first step is going to help you find your motivation for keeping going with your job search. You will also find out how this CAP Job Club will help you along the way.
Session 2: Overcoming Obstacles
When you’re looking for a job, you may find that you come up against some obstacles that get in your way. On this step, we will look at how you can overcome these obstacles and move closer towards finding a job.
Session 3: Discovering your Strengths
A big part of finding a job is knowing what you’re good at and then telling employers all about it! On this step, you will identify some of the key skills and qualities that you already have, and learn how to show them off in a way that will catch the attention of employers.
Session 4: Getting to know employers
On this step, you’re going to put yourself into an employer’s shoes. If you’re going to convince them to give you a job, it’s crucial that you understand the things that are important to them.
Session 5: Writing CVs and applications (part one)
You’re ready to start putting all of the skills, positive qualities, and knowledge of employers into a great CV! During this step you will learn some simple tips for ensuring your CV will stand out from the crowd.
Session 6: Writing CVs and applications (part two)
This session is your chance to get some practical help with putting your CV together, ensuring its ready to be sent to the employer you’ve got your eye on. You’ll also learn some top tips for filling in application forms and writing cover letters.
Session 7: Succeeding in interviews
You’ve sent in a great CV and you’ve been invited to an interview! But what do you do once you get there? This step will ensure you feel prepared to answer the questions an employer might ask you at an interview. You will also pick up some key tips for making a great impression.
Session 8: Getting ready for work
Once you’ve found a job, you’ll want to keep it! This step will help get you ready to return to work by looking at some important ways you can be a great employee.