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Job hunting - a young person's experience

Finding a job can be hard work and take lots of time and effort. You need to spend time searching for vacancies, putting your CV together, filling out application forms and preparing for interviews. Sometimes though, no matter how hard you try, you feel you're not getting anywhere.

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.

'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.

I left school in June 2010 with really 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.

Finally after eight months of hunting, and lots of support from Connexions, I am now employed on an Apprenticeship at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

My top tips for anyone thinking of looking for employment are:

  • 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 some work experience in the field you want to work in. Employers want to see experience as well as qualifications.
  • Ask for feedback after an interview. This will help you improve on areas you're lacking in.'

Amy's most important piece of advice - 'believe in yourself.'

Here are some top tips to help you succeed in finding a job.

  • Don't be afraid to apply - if you don't you won't get the job!
  • Read and follow instructions carefully.
  • Research the company.
  • Check both the job and person specifications.
  • Complete the application as neatly as possible.
  • Tailor your answers to the job you are seeking.
  • Don't leave any blanks - fill in the whole of the application form.
  • Get someone else to read your application.
  • Proofread your application before sending it.


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