Finding your first job

Advice and tips to help you find your first job, create an interesting CV and nail that first interview.

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Make your CV a pleasure to read

Make sure your CV is well presented and clear for that 20-second first impression. Use positive language and ensure your grammar, spelling and presentation has been double checked. 

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A sensible email address

Have an email address that you would be happy to put on your CV. Try using your full name as best you can.

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Pick up the phone!

Most companies will use telephone screening to decide whether they would like to interview you face-to-face. If you have applied for any jobs, be prepared to receive a phone interview.

 

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Be available

If an employer asks you back for an interview, make sure you make yourself available.

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Not got any experience?

Everyone has to get a first job, and you can big up your transferable skills on your CV. Do something that shows you are gaining experience e.g. volunteering for a local business or charity.

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Be proactive

Dress smart, print off your CV and visit companies that you would like to work for.

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Spread the word

Many jobs come through referrals from people you know. So it is important to let everyone know you're looking for a job. This is where your parents and their friends, teachers, coaches and other adults can be a great resource.

 

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You are what you tweet

Be aware what you are posting on social media. Companies are increasingly checking social media presences of people they interview.

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The interview

Dress smartly, turn up on time, tell the truth and prepare. Before the interview learn about the company and think about what questions you might ask.

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Never give up

Treat every rejection as a learning curve and, most importantly, learn to pick yourself up afterwards and continue on.