What if you don't have internet access at home?
Research shows that the most successful young job-seekers are people who:
- Have access to the internet
- Run regular searches for jobs
- Apply early and often to lots of jobs.
If you don't have internet access at home, you need to find a good place where you can access the internet for cheap or free. If you have your own computer, your or your friend's home is the best, because you can take your time and keep what you are doing private.
If you have your own computer, Wi-Fi hotspots allow you to access the internet from a public location like cafes, shopping centres, buses and more. You may find that access is limited or unreliable. Make sure you save your work regularly. Be aware of the need to keep your information private.
If you don't have your own computer you can also get online at a library, Children and Family Centre, or internet café. Public access computers are popular. You may find it difficult to get access for long periods of time. Always make sure you have all your information for applications prepared beforehand.
Crucial: You might be able to fill in an application form using a phone or tablet with 3G/4G data or wifi. But check if the form displays properly on your device before you get started.
As well as application forms, CVs (Curriculum Vitae) show employers your skills, qualities, education and experience.
Some employers may ask for a CV as part of an online application so it’s useful to write yours so it’s ready if you need it. CVs are also useful when you are looking for an unadvertised job. You can pop into a shop or business you think you could work at and leave a CV for them to read.
- Keep it to one or two sides of A4 paper
- Match your CV to the job description, make sure you put on the relevant interests and skills.
- When writing, try to use action words to promote yourself.
- Make sure your spelling and grammar are accurate.
- Have someone else like a parent, carer, or teacher read it over to check you’ve written things properly and included everything.
- Keep your CV updated with qualifications, volunteering, and work placements.
- Don’t lie about your level of experience, skills or anything else
Take Action: Some people like to show off their design skills when making their CV. Some use a simple CV Builder like this one from Barclays LifeSkills. Even though most jobs require you to apply online, having a CV makes sure you have all your information in one place and ready to be adapted and updated every time you apply for a job.
If you have a criminal record
Employers are legally required not to discriminate against people with a criminal record, but they will need to think about whether any conviction makes you unsuitable for a job. In some career sectors, such as working with children, employers will need to do a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check which will turn up any criminal records you may have.
Specialist support is available to help you take positive steps into education, training or work. These are specialist advice services just for ex-offenders:
Keep on applying
Most people go through a stage when they are making lots of applications, but not getting a job. This can be discouraging, but keep on trying. The right job is out there.
My Experience: I applied for a Business Administration Apprenticeship, which intrigued me as it was something in which I had no previous experience. I applied and was then asked to sit some basic Maths and English tests, which were all done within an hour. I passed the tests and was then offered an interview. I then attended the interviews, for which I spent a good few hours practising and preparing for. Thanks to this things went well and I was offered the apprenticeship which I accepted. I had no office experience so doing an admin role seemed slightly daunting, however I have been helped whenever I have needed it. I have been able to pick up key skills in a short space of time, in a friendly yet driven environment. I have been given an array of tasks, to challenge me and to better my progression. There is always something new you can learn, always something that can help you develop as an employee and as a person. I would thoroughly recommend that any person tries to get on an apprenticeship, as they can really benefit you, and you develop skills which are crucial in the working world. Shelley, 21, Oxford