Looking for a job?
At the moment the number of vacancies on Youthoria is increasing, with new jobs being advertised regularly. However finding a job can be hard work and take lots of time and effort.
One young person who had to work very hard to find a job is Amy, who left school after taking her GCSEs. Here she's written about her job hunting experiences and her tips for success.
'I left school in June 2010 with good grades but no motivation to carry on my studies. In the space of five months I applied for numerous employment opportunities and sent copious amounts of speculative letters. I attended twelve interviews, two telephone interviews and my details were kept on file at five businesses for any future employment opportunities. However some businesses simply didn't respond at all.'
Amy goes on to say, ' job hunting can be a daunting yet rewarding experience. Will power and sheer determination are key attributes as the urge to give up can become very strong'
However after eight months of job hunting, Amy found a job. She is now employed on an Apprenticeship at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.
Here are Amy's top tips for anyone looking for a job;
- Do not be afraid to ask for help - you're only human.
- Do not give up - something will turn up eventually.
- Send out as many speculative letters and apply for as many jobs as possible. Determination's the key.
- Try to get work experience in the field you want to work in. Employers want to see experience as well as qualification.
- Ask for feedback after an interview. This will help you improve on areas you're lacking in.
Amy's final piece of advice is 'believe in yourself'.