5 Tips for Job Searching
April 18 2019 , 0 Comments
As a young person, job-hunting can be tricky… we understand. Employers want you to have experience even though you’ve just left school and knowing what you want to do is something people vary rarely know. If you’ve decided university isn’t the route you want to take, then an apprenticeship or a job may be your options. That’s the first step, so well done!
DON’T FOLLOW THE CROWD!
What we mean by this is; don’t do something you don’t actually want to do! It sounds simple, right? Well, a lot of young people can choose a job or route just because their friends are doing, or parents push for a certain option. Always remember, this is your life and your path you’re creating for yourself… do something you genuinely want to do! A good saying is ‘be a shepherd, not a sheep’.
RESEARCH THE JOB!
Another tip you may think is completely obvious, who would do a job they didn’t know everything about? You’d be surprised. Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into before you commit. Some key things to look for are; location, career path, progression, sector performance, sector growth, company growth. Now, these may all sound quite shallow, but do you really want to be going to work for a company in a sector that’s declining? No.
This could potentially be your career and be the beginning of your working life, it’s important to get it right. This is why researching possible progression and career development is important as you need to know you can work your way up and actually have something to work towards.
GIVE YOURSELF OPTIONS!
Don’t be afraid to play the game a little bit and apply for multiple jobs. This will; give you interview experience as well as helping you compare jobs and weigh up the positives and negatives to each in order to make an informed and ultimately, correct decision for you. You may have an instant attraction with the role when it’s described to you in an interview. You may also get along a lot better with one of the interviewers compared to the others. This all contributes to the fact that you’re giving yourself the best option to proceed with something you want to do.
Applying or attending an interview for a single job could be a massive mistake. You may be lucky and get the job of your dreams first time… although this is highly, highly unlikely. Interview experience is invaluable and is a transferable skill that will be incredibly useful throughout your life. Make notes and ask questions, write down the pro’s and cons of each job to weigh up which one you’re going to see as being the best fit for you.
Your CV is vital and often overlooked in terms of priority. Your CV should be the first thing you complete. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when writing, use your family, teachers or any trusted peers to help you. Your CV gets you through the initial door and into the interview room and then it’s up to you. If your CV isn’t good enough… no interview, it’s that simple.
You should include details that show your working attitude and ability to use initiative as well as a drive to succeed. Try and keep it short, aim for a page (1 ½ at most). Condense your achievements, experience and don’t be afraid to show off! Try to avoid someone else writing your CV for you as it’s essentially a way to portray your personality to the employer.
THINK OF THE POSITIVES!
The likelihood that you’ll find a job that you love everything is rare and takes time. You need to learn about yourself and develop before you can know for certain what you want your career to be. For this reason, think of the positives of the job! What skills will you learn that you can use forever? Working in a professional environment will help you grow and further develop social skills and understanding of a workplace.
As a young person, these are crucial skills that are needed for life. You may be wary of some aspects of the job, especially as a young person, but the positives will heavily outweigh the negatives in the long run.
For any information or apprenticeships or early careers please visit the Not Going To Uni website.