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.