Apprenticeships In this section What is an apprenticeship? Why is an apprenticeship the right choice for you? Apprenticeship programmes Higher Apprenticeship Programmes Vacancies Why choose a Higher Apprenticeship? Getting you ready for an apprenticeship Finding your first job Advice and tips to help you find your first job, create an interesting CV and nail that first interview. 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. 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. 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. Be available If an employer asks you back for an interview, make sure you make yourself available. 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. Be proactive Dress smart, print off your CV and visit companies that you would like to work for. 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. 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. 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. Never give up Treat every rejection as a learning curve and, most importantly, learn to pick yourself up afterwards and continue on.