Guiding can help you land your dream job

Job-hunting can be difficult but your experience in Girlguiding Scotland can give fantastic transferable skills to wow employers.

We asked Lorna MacMillan, HR Business Support Manager at NHS 24 for her 5 top tips to help you stand out when job-hunting.

1. Make the connections

Wherever you can, demonstrate a link between you and the position you’re applying for. Show how your skills and experience are relevant to the requirements of the role.

2. Think up examples

The job advert will provide a good steer to the competencies that an organisation is looking for. Focus your answers to demonstrate your skills and experience in these areas.

It can be hard to think up examples on the spot so take some time to reflect on what you have done, in previous jobs, at school, as a member of Girlguiding Scotland or in other areas of your life. When you start to think about it you might be surprised by how many examples you can offer.

3. Highlight your transferable skills

From leading girls in a new activity to answering parent enquiries, keeping track of unit accounts to planning camps or trips – guiding offers all sorts of transferable skills that employers will value.

Try to give examples rather than statements.  For example, “I’m an excellent communicator” doesn’t tell a recruiter much about you. But sharing a time you put those excellent communication skills into action will show the recruiter how your experience is relevant.

4. Prepare, prepare, prepare

Once you’ve secured that all-important interview there are a few easy steps you can take to take to make sure you’re as prepared as possible.

Start by reading over your CV or application and the job description to remind yourself all the ways your experience and transferable skills make your right for the role.

Then research your prospective employer. Check out the employer’s website and social media channels to find out their aims and values. You might be asked to share your thoughts or ideas about their products, services, or recent campaigns, so be ready to give your opinion – in a polite and professional way of course!

5. Remember, you can ask questions too

When preparing for an interview it’s natural to think about what your might be asked.  But an interview is also your chance to find out if this job is right for you.

Reflect on what you want to know. Is there any training you’ll need to complete for your role? What opportunities are there to grow and develop?

This helps you to decide if a job is a good fit and shows prospective employers you care about the role and your future.

To find out more about how your guiding experience can help you stand-out download our Guiding on your CV leaflet.