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Finding employment

Useful job hunting tips

  • There are many websites which advertise job vacancies - see the useful links.
  • Go to the National Careers Service website.
  • Look at the recruitment pages in local newspapers.
  • Ask friends and family if they know of any jobs or have any ideas or contacts.
  • Try the local job centre or recruitment agencies.
  • Look out for adverts in shop windows, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and hotels.
  • Contine your part-time job
  • Seek advice from the careers department at your school or college
  • Write a CV and covering letter to show employers.taking a direct approach – why not send a CV and speculative letter to an employer?
  • If you are phoning employers, or have an interview, prepare by find out what the company does and the sort of jobs they offer. If necessary, write a prompt sheet with notes and what you want to ask.


Apprenticeships offer work and studying for a qualification, such as an NVQ Levels 2, 3 and 4 all at the same time. They are offered by small local companies and large national organisations. You can register and search for local and national vacancies at

Don't leave it too late – December to March is the critical time when most large companies advertise their vacancies.

Training schemes at large organisations

Training schemes are often offered at large organisations. They are similar to apprenticeships, but employers are looking specifically for candidates with A Levels or equivalent qualifications. At these schemes, you could progress to degree level and beyond and it may lead you on to a career at that organisation.

Opportunities such as retail management traineeships at large department stores and supermarkets; accountancy traineeships at local firms and large national consultancies; or traineeships with retail banking firms are up for grabs. There are local opportunities, but if you are prepared to move away from home there will be even more available. Some employers even fund your university degree while you work for them. But be prepared - these schemes are often very competitive and you may need to go through a rigorous application and interview process.

Be on the ball – December to March is the critical time for adverts and applications


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