Finding work

Finding a job

There are many different ways to find job vacancies including looking online, in newspapers, using Universal Jobmatch and local recruitment agencies.

There is a variety of support available to help you to find a job. You might find it helpful talking to an employment mentor, or benefit from attending a job club or a drop-in for young people.

CV

Your CV (or curriculum vitae) is your chance to show a potential employer you have the skills and experience they are looking for. Most CVs should include the following sections:

• Basic information
• Personal profile
• Skills and achievements
• Work history
• Education and qualifications
• Work related qualifications/training
• Additional Information and Interests

Writing a good CV and covering letter is an effective way of securing an interview for a job.

CV tips

• Use a clear font (e.g. Arial size 12) and remember to use spell check!
• Keep it brief (two sides maximum)
• Make it appropriate to the job you are applying for
• Ask someone to check your CV

Interviews

Be prepared preparing for an interview will give you the best possible chance of success. Do you know where you going and how long it will take to get there? Who are you meeting and what is the format of the interview?

Common questions – think about what you might be asked and what you can say in response so you don’t get stuck. Most interviewers will ask you about yourself or a question that enables you to talk about the skills you could use in the job you are applying for, such as:

• What can you bring to this role?
• What are your strengths/weaknesses?
• Why do you want this job?

Think about what you want to say to sell yourself and what the interviewer wants to hear in relation to the job. Spending time thinking about likely interview questions and your answers is time well spent.

Research – knowing some facts about the company will help you in the interview. You may be able to use some of the information when you answer a question and this will show that you are keen.

Appearance – consider your appearance and what you will wear to make the best possible first impression.

Ask something – think about something to ask to show you are interested in the company and have thought about the job in detail.