My Top 5 Tips When Looking for an Apprenticeship

Harvey Morton

#NAW2016 – My Top 5 Tips When Looking for an Apprenticeship

This week is National Apprenticeship Week 2016, so I thought that I would share my top 5 tips when looking for an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are proving to be a popular choice today for young people when they leave secondary school as they allow you to earn and learn at the same time. I myself chose to study A Levels in Business Studies, English Language and ICT rather than choosing to follow the route of an apprenticeship, however I looked at various apprenticeships before I left school. I quickly realised that finding the right apprenticeship can be really difficult as there is so much choice and it’s easy to get lost but if you take note of these tips, I’m confident that you’ll be applying for the perfect apprenticeship in no time at all.

1.) Write a first class CV!

Your CV is the document that employers will see before they even meet you so it needs to be excellent. Employers who advertise apprenticeships and other vacancies are likely to receive hundreds or even thousands of CVs depending on the role that you’ve applied for. Writing a CV allows you to get noticed so don’t waste your chance to make a big impression. There are lots of resources and CV templates online that will enable you to get started.

2.) It’s not what you you know, it’s who you know…

Everyone has friends and family members in different industries, so what better way to get your foot in the door with an employer than to ask them? Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help or advice, the worst someone could say is no! Plus, your friends and family are likely to give you an honest opinion of what it’s like to work in a particular profession or industry, so you can be sure that you are making the right choice before you apply for anything. If your school ever invites any employers in too, it’s always a good idea to speak to them because you never know where your conversation might lead to!

3.) Treat each application as a blank canvas

Don’t use the same information for all of your applications! Each vacancy will have a different description, skills and requirements and it is very to easy to tell ŵhen candidates have copied and pasted. Rather than completing a generic application for each job vacancy, do your research on each company that you are applying to work for and tailor your application specifically for each different job.

4.) Make yourself stand out from the crowd!

As I highlighted earlier, there could be hundreds or even thousands of application for each apprenticeship that you are applying for so you need to make sure that you stand out from the crowd. Get all of the experience you can before putting in any applications for an apprenticeship, this experience doesn’t even have to be in the industry that you are applying for an apprenticeship in. Just ensure that you can relate any experience and skills gained to specific situations so that employers can see that you are proactive and willing to take any opportunities.

5.) It’s about quality, not quantity!

To give yourself the best chance of getting an apprenticeship in the industry that you want to go into, apply for lots of different vacancies and keep your options open. However, you need to make sure that you spend the same amount of time on each application and complete it in as much detail as possible. The more detail you provide, the better. Although make sure what you’re writing is clear and to the point, you don’t want to make employers bored when they are reading your application.

Thank You!

For reading my top 5 tips when looking for an apprenticeship, I would like to wish you the best of luck with your applications. Tweet about National Apprenticeship Week using #NAW2016!

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