getting a job

Getting a job

Ready to take the next step and look for work? Get job hunting tips from experts and young people who know what it’s like.

Everyone who’s tried it knows that getting a job is harder than it sounds! Do you know what kind of job you want to do? Do you know what kind of life and work skills employers are looking for, and how to show them you’ve got what it takes?

You’ll get what you’re looking for – but sometimes it takes time! Work on your confidence, stay motivated, explore your options and shine bright like the Young Professional you are.

How do you find a job?

Once you are 18 or over you can work in a job full-time. Until then, you need to be in some form of education. If you are under 18 but want to brush the school dust off your feet and are itching to get into the workplace, you can always find out more about apprenticeships!

There is no such thing as pointless work experience. Everything helps you grow.

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Know what your future plans are?

If you know what kind of career you’re interested in, visit the career websites of employers you’d like to work for. Search online job boards for related jobs best suited to your level of experience. Tell the folk at the job centre which areas of work interest you. Check relevant recruitment hashtags on social media. And, of course, polish your CV and cover letter so that your education and work experience sounds like a great match for that specific area of work.

Not sure what your future plans are?

Everyone has more than one career choice inside them, and more than one job they’d be great at doing. It’s fine if you’re not sure what you want to do yet.

Try out a few things and give them your all, because even if you don’t want to do that job or work in that industry forever, you’ll be picking up some great skills and knowledge you can use in the future. Achieving success in a job that wasn’t right for you could lead to getting other amazing jobs you might not even know exist yet. And it’s always good to stay sweet with your employers and get a good reference, even if you’re not working in your dream job!

First up, become a Young Professional (it’s free to join) if you haven’t already. It will help you boost your skills and confidence, and it will help you see how to show employers that you’re a great candidate for a job.

Next, make sure your CV is up to date and shows you are motivated to learn and do your best. Then talk to teachers, career professionals, family and friends about what jobs could be a good match for your interests and skills. Go to local jobs and careers fairs to get inspired (and maybe get snapped up by a youth-friendly employer who’s got a great opportunity for you!).

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