Finding your first job
Getting your first job can be a scary prospect but there’s plenty of help at hand.
Looking for your first job can be quite a worrying experience, whether you’re taking your time to search for the perfect opportunity or whether you just want to start working and earning as soon as possible.
However, there’s lots of help available, so don’t panic! If you’re under 19 (or under 25, if you have learning difficulties or disabilities) you can get help from Advisors and your nearest Early Intervention Hub.
Looking for vacancies
The first step in most job searches is to start looking for vacancies. You can search on this website for opportunities that are particularly suitable for younger jobseekers.
Apprenticeships are a great way to earn as you learn. All apprenticeships must by law be listed on the Apprentice vacancy Matching Service website, where you can can register, search for apprenticeships and apply online.
You can search for Job Opportunities online via Job Centre+ online search.
There are lots of other places to look for jobs online and in your local area. You can find out more at your local Job Club, but here are some suggestions to get started:
- local newspapers, magazines and websites
- shop windows, particularly in your High Street
- local noticeboards
- Job Clubs and Centres.
- asking friends and relatives
- looking on the websites of local companies and organisations for jobs, training courses, work placements or even volunteering.
To be successful in your job search you will need to show that you have the necessary skills (or at least a willingness to learn them). You can talk to an adviser or download these worksheets:
Clicking on these links will open worksheets on each topic.
- Finding Job Vacancies
- Telephoning about a job
- Applying in Writing
- Writing a covering letter
- Some example CVs
- Filling in Application forms
- Practice Application form
- Going for an interview
- Taking selection tests
- Getting training
There are also some simpler worksheets for younger job-seekers
- Writing a covering letter
There is also a really useful website called LifeSkills which helps you get the skills and experiences you need to enter the world of work. Created with Barclays it covers the key money, people and work skills, careerssupport and experience you need to get ready for the world of work. Find out more on their website www.barclayslifeskills.com.
General job-seeking sites
A few free sites to get you started
www.icould.com - Inspirational videos, engaging
growingambitions.tes.co.uk - Growing ambitions (previously Jobs 4 U)
Key Routes - different pathways for jobs
How I found my job’
I started looking for a part-time job by walking around the town centre and enquire in different shops if there were any vacancies. One shop gave me an application form and I filled it with a lot of detail as I thought it was a good way to stand out from other applicants. I was given an interview shortly afterwards. I dressed smartly and brought a notebook which had a few questions in it – for example, the pay and the uniform. I also brought my Record of Achievement because I could show them certificates and photos from my hobbies. I tried to be confident and not give one-word answers or look at the interviewer, not the floor. A week later, I was offered the job
Hannah, 16, Witney