Searching for a job

What should young people consider when searching for a job?

What job do I want?

Here are a few key questions we could ask to narrow down the options:

  • What do I enjoy doing?
  • What am I good at?
  • What kind of job would I feel good about doing?
  • What skills can I offer?
  • What are my positive attributes?
  • What qualifications do I have?
  • What would I like to learn more about?
  • What jobs would open doors for me?
  • How far am I willing to travel?

How do I find a job?

There are many places where we can find out about job opportunities, including:

  • Word of mouth (friends, family, neighbours)
  • Online job search sites, including the UK Government’s Universal Jobmatch
  • Local newspapers
  • Direct contact with local employers

How do I get the job?

There are a few key activities which can help us secure our chosen job:

  • Write a CV – you can customise it towards different jobs
  • Research the employer: why do you want to work for them?
  • Think about what you can offer: why do they want to employ you?
  • Practice your interview skills – and ask for feedback after your interview
  • Keep trying – applying for and interview for jobs are skills you can develop

Careers advice

The UK Government offers a National Careers Service which includes tools to:

  • Find out what different jobs involve
  • Find out what kind of jobs might be suitable
  • Contact a career adviser
  • Advice on job search, networking, writing a CV, and interviews

Local schools, colleges, universities and trade unions may also offer a face-to-face careers advice service.