Jobseekers will have to 'make themselves attractive to employers' before claiming benefit

Esther McVey: 'Employers looking to fill vacancies want people who are prepared, enthusiastic and job-ready'

Esther McVey: 'Employers looking to fill vacancies want people who are prepared, enthusiastic and job-ready'

First published in News Wirral Globe: Photograph of the Author by , Editor

UNEMPLOYED people will have to prepare a CV, set up an email address and register with a Government website before being allowed to claim benefit.

Employment Minister, Wirral West MP Esther McVey, said new rules coming in this month represented a “fundamental shift in expectations.”

Jobless people will be required to take steps “to make themselves attractive to employers.”

Ms McVey said: “Employers looking to fill vacancies want people who are prepared, enthusiastic and job-ready.

“That is why, from the end of this month, we will begin asking jobseekers to take the first basic steps to make themselves employable before meeting with a Jobcentre Plus adviser.

“With the economy growing, unemployment falling and record numbers of people in work, now is the time to start expecting more of people if they want to claim benefits.

“It’s only right that we should ask people to take the first basic steps to getting a job before they start claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance – it will show they are taking their search for work seriously.”

To prepare for their first interview with a Jobcentre Plus adviser, jobseekers will be asked to do things like preparing a CV, setting up an email address and registering for the Government’s new jobs website.

Claimants will also have more regular meetings with their Jobcentre Plus adviser – weekly rather than fortnightly.

Jenny Stewart, chief executive of Liverpool and Sefton chambers of commerce, said: “Employers aren't just looking for skills.

"They are looking for energy, drive and passion. With those assets, any employer can give you the skills to do the job.

“Attitude is the most important thing.”

The new rules take effect from April 28.

 

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10:56am Mon 7 Apr 14

PaulCa says...

In other words...

o obedient
o supine
o non-confrontational
o willing to overlook employer abuse
o a walkover
o not in a union
o wanting to impress

In other words, not having a problematic attitude like your ministerial colleage Maria Miller, eh Esther?
In other words... o obedient o supine o non-confrontational o willing to overlook employer abuse o a walkover o not in a union o wanting to impress In other words, not having a problematic attitude like your ministerial colleage Maria Miller, eh Esther? PaulCa
  • Score: 8

10:59am Mon 7 Apr 14

PaulCa says...

Of course if the worst happens to Ms Miller, she's sacked and can't slide into a cushy number the next day, there's always her ravishing good looks to fall back on
Of course if the worst happens to Ms Miller, she's sacked and can't slide into a cushy number the next day, there's always her ravishing good looks to fall back on PaulCa
  • Score: 7

11:26am Mon 7 Apr 14

JohnON says...

“Attitude is the most important thing.”

How true!
“Attitude is the most important thing.” How true! JohnON
  • Score: 6

11:33am Mon 7 Apr 14

JimmyMercury says...

So some poor sod who has worked for the same firm for thirty or so years and through no fault of their own is made redundant, they are then treated like a criminal or a scrounger?

About time this lot were made redundant but then again they do have large pensions to fall back on, not to mention dubious expenses!
So some poor sod who has worked for the same firm for thirty or so years and through no fault of their own is made redundant, they are then treated like a criminal or a scrounger? About time this lot were made redundant but then again they do have large pensions to fall back on, not to mention dubious expenses! JimmyMercury
  • Score: 26

11:50am Mon 7 Apr 14

JohnON says...

I must admit, they don't seem to be particularly onerous requirements to me.

Anyone seriously job seeking should have no problem with three simple one-off tasks to help them 'stand out from the crowd' .
I must admit, they don't seem to be particularly onerous requirements to me. Anyone seriously job seeking should have no problem with three simple one-off tasks to help them 'stand out from the crowd' . JohnON
  • Score: -6

12:31pm Mon 7 Apr 14

PaulCa says...

What if applicants have fought in any of the crooked UK government / establishment's illegal foreign wars down the years, and been lucky enough to survive, battling on with disabilities ...or otherwise?

Will they have to prove themselves all over again, while a former TV slave to an autocue, airhead, and token female politician sits in judgment on their futures?
What if applicants have fought in any of the crooked UK government / establishment's illegal foreign wars down the years, and been lucky enough to survive, battling on with disabilities ...or otherwise? Will they have to prove themselves all over again, while a former TV slave to an autocue, airhead, and token female politician sits in judgment on their futures? PaulCa
  • Score: 17

12:45pm Mon 7 Apr 14

sonoferic says...

Shock, horror...jobseekers need to prepare a CV. What else would you turn up to an interview with?

I was taught very early on that no one owes you a living. You have to flippin' well sell yourself and what you can offer an employer. This is all common sense surely?
Shock, horror...jobseekers need to prepare a CV. What else would you turn up to an interview with? I was taught very early on that no one owes you a living. You have to flippin' well sell yourself and what you can offer an employer. This is all common sense surely? sonoferic
  • Score: 4

12:49pm Mon 7 Apr 14

sonoferic says...

"Of course if the worst happens to Ms Miller, she's sacked and can't slide into a cushy number the next day, there's always her ravishing good looks to fall back on"

I'm no fan, but whether you like her or not, why should her looks come into this? Strangely enough, irrelevant comments like this never seem to get made about men.
"Of course if the worst happens to Ms Miller, she's sacked and can't slide into a cushy number the next day, there's always her ravishing good looks to fall back on" I'm no fan, but whether you like her or not, why should her looks come into this? Strangely enough, irrelevant comments like this never seem to get made about men. sonoferic
  • Score: 9

1:15pm Mon 7 Apr 14

PaulCa says...

Correct sonoferic. Unfair of me to single out her looks or lack of them - which is a matter of opinion. Next time I'll concentrate on her lack of morality and her new £1.4 million gaff funded in part by our public money, and her newly found attempted dodging of Capital Gains Tax, which is a whole lot uglier.
Correct sonoferic. Unfair of me to single out her looks or lack of them - which is a matter of opinion. Next time I'll concentrate on her lack of morality and her new £1.4 million gaff funded in part by our public money, and her newly found attempted dodging of Capital Gains Tax, which is a whole lot uglier. PaulCa
  • Score: 25

1:23pm Mon 7 Apr 14

the99% says...

The changes are merely a vehicle to sanction and remove from jobless count. The War on the Poor continues
The changes are merely a vehicle to sanction and remove from jobless count. The War on the Poor continues the99%
  • Score: 19

2:02pm Mon 7 Apr 14

JohnON says...

the99% wrote:
The changes are merely a vehicle to sanction and remove from jobless count. The War on the Poor continues
I used to be involved with shorting through apprenticeship applications and, even then, the number of applications far exceeded the amount of time that could reasonably be spent on the actual interviews.

It used to make my blood boil trying to interview applicants some of whom hadn't even bothered finding out what the company made, let alone have a wash or comb their hair.

It was wasting the interviewers time but, worse, it was excluding genuine applicants for whom presenting a CV was taken for granted and for whom getting a free gmail address and spending two minutes registering on a website would have been considered time well spent if it meant more time was available to interview genuine applicants.

When I see jaundiced comments on here based on irrelevant personality issues or because of chips on shoulders, I admit I despair!
[quote][p][bold]the99%[/bold] wrote: The changes are merely a vehicle to sanction and remove from jobless count. The War on the Poor continues[/p][/quote]I used to be involved with shorting through apprenticeship applications and, even then, the number of applications far exceeded the amount of time that could reasonably be spent on the actual interviews. It used to make my blood boil trying to interview applicants some of whom hadn't even bothered finding out what the company made, let alone have a wash or comb their hair. It was wasting the interviewers time but, worse, it was excluding genuine applicants for whom presenting a CV was taken for granted and for whom getting a free gmail address and spending two minutes registering on a website would have been considered time well spent if it meant more time was available to interview genuine applicants. When I see jaundiced comments on here based on irrelevant personality issues or because of chips on shoulders, I admit I despair! JohnON
  • Score: 0

2:30pm Mon 7 Apr 14

PaulCa says...

In the old days,when job tickets were thrown into the crowds on Liverpool docks it was savagery, threats and being good with your fists that ensured you got the work.

Times have changed and the malevolence now comes from the direction of governments, backed up by employers, HR departments, the wider media, changes to the law, scapegoating and the threat of feeling worthless and a burden to others.
In the old days,when job tickets were thrown into the crowds on Liverpool docks it was savagery, threats and being good with your fists that ensured you got the work. Times have changed and the malevolence now comes from the direction of governments, backed up by employers, HR departments, the wider media, changes to the law, scapegoating and the threat of feeling worthless and a burden to others. PaulCa
  • Score: 10

2:33pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Whislt I agree that prospective employees should be well prepared before any interview stage I cant help feeling that there is a ulterior motive here. I firmly believe that the government and indeed most party political politicians are hypocrites and until we get totally independent MP`s and local councils for that matter this country will fester on and on from one scandal to another.
Whislt I agree that prospective employees should be well prepared before any interview stage I cant help feeling that there is a ulterior motive here. I firmly believe that the government and indeed most party political politicians are hypocrites and until we get totally independent MP`s and local councils for that matter this country will fester on and on from one scandal to another. Llamedos 1
  • Score: 10

4:29pm Mon 7 Apr 14

WirralAl says...

I believe that people do need to be prepared for employment and the Job Centres should ensure that these people all complete basic information but as far as I can see the Job Centres need to dramatically improve the matching of skills with jobs and to reduce the amount of unsuitable applicants as that is key to getting employers to use the Job Centres.

Matching people to roles is the key along with providing incentives for employers. Which employer wants to read 500 cv's for every job?

Some people will really struggle with such any technology so does that mean they will lose all benefits for being thick?

A lot of people need basic training and need to be guided as the system used for 20 years is pretty weak and just ticks boxes.

What are employers looking for ?

How can you motivate the employers?

What are the job centres doing to try to find work for the unemployed?

Is it that we have more people employed or have the figures been manipulated.

How many 16-25 year old are looking for work?
I believe that people do need to be prepared for employment and the Job Centres should ensure that these people all complete basic information but as far as I can see the Job Centres need to dramatically improve the matching of skills with jobs and to reduce the amount of unsuitable applicants as that is key to getting employers to use the Job Centres. Matching people to roles is the key along with providing incentives for employers. Which employer wants to read 500 cv's for every job? Some people will really struggle with such any technology so does that mean they will lose all benefits for being thick? A lot of people need basic training and need to be guided as the system used for 20 years is pretty weak and just ticks boxes. What are employers looking for ? How can you motivate the employers? What are the job centres doing to try to find work for the unemployed? Is it that we have more people employed or have the figures been manipulated. How many 16-25 year old are looking for work? WirralAl
  • Score: 8

6:01pm Mon 7 Apr 14

hobroW says...

Firstly I was unaware that presently all claimants don't have CV's. All the advisors emphasise the requirement for a cv from day one.

Secondly .deluging employers with cv's appears not to serve any purpose.

Thirdly, I expect that many claimants will be too poor to buy a new set of clothes and shoes. An offer from the DWP to provide decent suits for claimants to attend their weekly or fortnightly interview must surely be the concomitant of this demand? Or perhaps compliance with the European rules re minimum levels of benefits would assist in this matter?

Fourthly, PaulCa is correct, press-ganging of claimants into work simply encourages bad employers, subservience and low wages

Lastly how will the already hard-pressed civil servants at Dominic House, for example, ever cope with being re-branded as Coaches; claimants as athletes and on top of which a sartorial parade and a doubling of interviews?

And this from a department that in our microcosm allowed the absolute wastage of significant portions of Working Neighbourhoods money with farcical effect. Wait and see for revelations that have been held back for three years almost
Firstly I was unaware that presently all claimants don't have CV's. All the advisors emphasise the requirement for a cv from day one. Secondly .deluging employers with cv's appears not to serve any purpose. Thirdly, I expect that many claimants will be too poor to buy a new set of clothes and shoes. An offer from the DWP to provide decent suits for claimants to attend their weekly or fortnightly interview must surely be the concomitant of this demand? Or perhaps compliance with the European rules re minimum levels of benefits would assist in this matter? Fourthly, PaulCa is correct, press-ganging of claimants into work simply encourages bad employers, subservience and low wages Lastly how will the already hard-pressed civil servants at Dominic House, for example, ever cope with being re-branded as Coaches; claimants as athletes and on top of which a sartorial parade and a doubling of interviews? And this from a department that in our microcosm allowed the absolute wastage of significant portions of Working Neighbourhoods money with farcical effect. Wait and see for revelations that have been held back for three years almost hobroW
  • Score: 8

9:03pm Mon 7 Apr 14

GWB1983 says...

IDS and McVey continue to hold everyone in this country with contempt, they both dream up endless ways of defrauding claimants out benefits and now this load of tosh.

Neither care for any unemployed person, strange how both can dream up yet another attack upon those least able to help themselves, but can find lasting work for those unable to find it.

Sadly both have no idea how real people live nor do they care, it is lies followed by spin followed by propaganda and demonising in order to attack those who as mentioned cannot defend themselves, cowards is not a strong enough word for these two.

These new measure assume people have access to the internet, but low wages has put this beyond them, everything about this new policy is a disgrace, but it is strange how they can make such thing law but not fraud by the friends; who claim they have made a mistake on claiming the expenses.

A law for the rich and a law for the poor, example person out of work forgets to mention to DWP they earned £15, DWP find out person says they made an error in their claim sorry, DWP were taking you to court.

MP claims £90,000 in expenses, then claims she made an error, is order to pay back £45,000, but fellow MP's reduce this to £5,000 and she makes a 32 second sorry, this is accepted and nothing more has been done.

This just shows how much they hold us all in contempt, fraud is fraud and everyone no matter who they are should be held accountable.
IDS and McVey continue to hold everyone in this country with contempt, they both dream up endless ways of defrauding claimants out benefits and now this load of tosh. Neither care for any unemployed person, strange how both can dream up yet another attack upon those least able to help themselves, but can find lasting work for those unable to find it. Sadly both have no idea how real people live nor do they care, it is lies followed by spin followed by propaganda and demonising in order to attack those who as mentioned cannot defend themselves, cowards is not a strong enough word for these two. These new measure assume people have access to the internet, but low wages has put this beyond them, everything about this new policy is a disgrace, but it is strange how they can make such thing law but not fraud by the friends; who claim they have made a mistake on claiming the expenses. A law for the rich and a law for the poor, example person out of work forgets to mention to DWP they earned £15, DWP find out person says they made an error in their claim sorry, DWP were taking you to court. MP claims £90,000 in expenses, then claims she made an error, is order to pay back £45,000, but fellow MP's reduce this to £5,000 and she makes a 32 second sorry, this is accepted and nothing more has been done. This just shows how much they hold us all in contempt, fraud is fraud and everyone no matter who they are should be held accountable. GWB1983
  • Score: 20

9:09pm Mon 7 Apr 14

GWB1983 says...

Not everyone who gets made redundant gets redundancy pay, so what are they meant to live on, it just goes to show you, you can pay your NI stamp and you will just be treated with utter contempt from these crooks.
Not everyone who gets made redundant gets redundancy pay, so what are they meant to live on, it just goes to show you, you can pay your NI stamp and you will just be treated with utter contempt from these crooks. GWB1983
  • Score: 17

9:20pm Mon 7 Apr 14

GWB1983 says...

All new claimants have to supply Sanction Centres with a CV, so this new rule is nonsense and is only their to make sure that person cannot get what they have paid into straight away, going to an Advisor everyday will serve no purpose if the jobs are not their you ain't going to find work.

But the bully's at Sanction Centre Plus will find any old excuse to sanction you, you see it is not about helping you find work but how they stop giving you any benefit; don't believe me then why this new measure
All new claimants have to supply Sanction Centres with a CV, so this new rule is nonsense and is only their to make sure that person cannot get what they have paid into straight away, going to an Advisor everyday will serve no purpose if the jobs are not their you ain't going to find work. But the bully's at Sanction Centre Plus will find any old excuse to sanction you, you see it is not about helping you find work but how they stop giving you any benefit; don't believe me then why this new measure GWB1983
  • Score: 13

10:09pm Mon 7 Apr 14

hobroW says...

It was 1941 when the Atlantic charter issued from the Roosevelt/Churchill meetings on respective battleships. 70 years plus ago a conservative politician and a democrat President proclaimed four basic freedoms

Two were

Freedom from Want

Freedom from Fear

This posturing from the ministers defy both basic principles in that they bully the unwaged, put fear of want into them and can chain them with want.

MP's live in glasshouses...let him without sin cast the first stone.

Generous tax regimes are proven to encourage enterprise and increase the tax take. I suggest that generous welfare will encourage people to get back into the community and work.

Just as there are tax dodgers however generous the tax regime likewise there will remain benefit fraudsters. Govt accepts a residual percentage of the forner and ought to accept a residual percentage of the latter. The IR's write-offs with Lehman brothers would swallow several years worth of benefit fraud--No question.
It was 1941 when the Atlantic charter issued from the Roosevelt/Churchill meetings on respective battleships. 70 years plus ago a conservative politician and a democrat President proclaimed four basic freedoms Two were Freedom from Want Freedom from Fear This posturing from the ministers defy both basic principles in that they bully the unwaged, put fear of want into them and can chain them with want. MP's live in glasshouses...let him without sin cast the first stone. Generous tax regimes are proven to encourage enterprise and increase the tax take. I suggest that generous welfare will encourage people to get back into the community and work. Just as there are tax dodgers however generous the tax regime likewise there will remain benefit fraudsters. Govt accepts a residual percentage of the forner and ought to accept a residual percentage of the latter. The IR's write-offs with Lehman brothers would swallow several years worth of benefit fraud--No question. hobroW
  • Score: 6

7:15pm Tue 8 Apr 14

keen gardener says...

I am now retired but did have reason to attend the Jobcentre a couple of times during my working life. So my comment on this article is: I sincerely hope the Jobcentre Advisors are more enthusiastic and dressed more appropriately now than they were when I last saw them - and that was not so many years ago. I found the whole experience demoralising and made me more determined to find a job myself rather than via the Jobcentre. Perhaps that's the idea??!!!
I am now retired but did have reason to attend the Jobcentre a couple of times during my working life. So my comment on this article is: I sincerely hope the Jobcentre Advisors are more enthusiastic and dressed more appropriately now than they were when I last saw them - and that was not so many years ago. I found the whole experience demoralising and made me more determined to find a job myself rather than via the Jobcentre. Perhaps that's the idea??!!! keen gardener
  • Score: 18

12:12am Thu 10 Apr 14

Jimrob says...

"To prepare for their first interview with a Jobcentre Plus adviser, jobseekers will be asked to do things like preparing a CV, setting up an email address and registering for the Government’s new jobs website"

Now this shows just how little these idiots know about their own ministry's.

As far as I was aware, a "Jobseeker" cannot "register for the Governments new jobs website" until AFTER they have attended their initial interview and been given a code to access the site.
"To prepare for their first interview with a Jobcentre Plus adviser, jobseekers will be asked to do things like preparing a CV, setting up an email address and registering for the Government’s new jobs website" Now this shows just how little these idiots know about their own ministry's. As far as I was aware, a "Jobseeker" cannot "register for the Governments new jobs website" until AFTER they have attended their initial interview and been given a code to access the site. Jimrob
  • Score: 10

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