employmentEmployment Advice and Support
Writing a CV
A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a form that you fill with information that employers want to know. It includes your:
Contact details (email, phone number)
Education history (for example, schools you attended)
Qualifications (for example, GCSE’s, BTECs, A levels)
Work experience (if you have any)
References from previous jobs (if you have any)
When applying for jobs, it is a good idea to make your CV specific to the job you are applying to. Often this is easy because you only need to change a few words!
If you have a basic CV already written, you can change a few words on it to make it specific to that particular job. For example, you may have a CV that says, in your skills section, that you are very attentive. If you were applying to be a waitress, you could just add a few words saying “I am very attentive and pay attention to detail, and therefore, I will be able to correctly takes customer’s orders”. Employers really appreciate when your CV is job-specific, it helps you stand out. Standing out can be especially important as, nowadays, employment is very competitive. Job specific CVs show extra effort and that you have really thought about the job you are applying for.
There is more information about how to write a great CV here: https://www.cv-library.co.uk/career-advice/cv/how-to-write-a-cv-tips/
Writing a Cover Letter
Most jobs also ask for a cover letter. This is similar to a CV, but it does not include your personal details, skills, education history or qualifications (because that is already written in your CV). Cover letters should always be job specific too. The cover letter should be addressed to the manager. If you do not know the managers name, you can ring up the place you are applying to and ask for it.
Cover letters are almost like an extension of a CV – they are a way to introduce yourself and also a way to tell the employer why you and your skills are right for the job.
Cover letters should be short and sweet – you want to make sure you include all relevant information, but when a manager has to read lots of these letters you don’t want it to be too long!
There is more information about how to write a great cover letter here: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/cvs-and-cover-letters/cover-letters
Where to find employment advice
The National Careers Service is a website that can help give a wide range of advice; whether you’re just starting your job or wanting to further progress your career. It can give you advice about taking a gap year after sixth form college, more information about CV’s and cover letters, finding courses that could help you gain qualifications for a job and assessing the skills you already have, to see which job you could get with your current qualifications!
The Job Help website, by the JobCentre Plus, can also help get you started – from advice for job-seekers to job search ideas, from the latest vacancies in each of the job sectors to a page dedicated to under-25 year-olds and starting out in your career; no matter at what point in your career you’re at, Job Help will have advice for you.
If you are already employed and have a job, and you want to know more about your rights, please check out this website: https://www.gov.uk/pay-and-work-rights
Getting Support Whilst Job-Seeking
Universal Credit will give you the support you need to prepare for work, start work or earn more money. By claiming Universal Credit, you will also be able to participate in the Kickstart Scheme, which helps 16 to 24 year olds access job placements. You can apply online at:
1st Appointment: ID checks, Security questions, etc. Honesty about any health issues and concerns is important, as Work Coaches can put individuals at ease and/or refer them to appropriate help.
2nd Appointment: Informal discussion about individual job search including tailoring commitments around what they can do to look for work and discuss the support available. The individual will then attend the two parts of a Microsoft Teams virtual workshop.
3rd Appointment: Employment, skills and CV review.
4th and ongoing appointments: Weekly work search reviews to discuss their job search (usually 10 mins).