Five top tips for finding work
- 11 November 2009
- From the section Politics
Almost a million young people are unemployed in the UK, according the latest figure. Newsbeat has brought together a panel of experts to give young jobseekers advice from application through to interview. Check back all week for the latest videos.
DAY FIVE: HOW TO LAND YOUR DREAM JOB
Chris Samuels, 24, dreams of becoming an actor or television presenter.
He says: "I know that media work is unrealistic because it is competitive, but I like making people laugh."
The panel give him advice on networking and using contacts, and how to tailor his CV to suit the type of job he is going for.
DAY FOUR: HOW TO BOUNCE BACK AFTER BEING LAID OFF
Ben, 22, has been finding it hard to get motivated after losing his job and isn't sure what area he wants to work in.
"I've been going for anything that I believe I can do basically. I've applied for retail, I've been trying to look for factory and warehouse work. I've lost count to be honest," he said.
"Finding the motivation to just so much as get out of bed in the morning has become a real struggle for me since I got laid off."
The panel help him come up with a plan to get studying again.
DAY THREE: HOW TO MAKE YOUR CV STAND OUT
Eighteen-year-old George from Bury has been looking for a job since leaving college in June.
"I've found it difficult because all companies want experience," he said. "They just email back saying there are too many applicants and I haven't got through.
"I am stuck in the house because I haven't got enough cash to go out and see my friends."
George is having problems getting an interview, so dragons Shaf Rasul, Kavita Oberoi and Tom Mursell give him some hints and tips on writing a better CV and covering letter.
DAY TWO: GETTING AN INTERVIEW
Nina, 24, from Swindon has been unemployed since losing her job in January.
She is now looking for work in a retail store but has only got through to the face-to-face interview stage on a handful of occassions.
"There is a bit of a hurdle between applying for the job and getting the interview," she said.
"In my area it is very difficult because the unemployment numbers are so high."
Nina wants to know how to nail the perfect interview when she gets to that stage.
DAY ONE: STANDING OUT
Twenty-three-year-old Taahir from Leicester graduated this summer from De Montford University with a degree in marketing.
He has been applying for jobs in the motor industry.
"My passion is cars so I've been looking for a job in that area but companies are coming back saying I just haven't got the experience," he said.
"It feels like employers are cutting marketing departments, especially in the recession."
In a competitive jobs market he wants to know how to get noticed when he applies for a marketing job.
Check back each day this week for more hints and tips from our jobs panel.
NEWSBEAT'S JOBS PANEL
Shaf is one of Scotland's best known entrepreneurs. He runs IT company E-Net Computers and says he earns enough to "justify buying a new Aston Martin every year". He stars in the latest online version of Dragons Den.
Kavita is one of Britain's best known female entrepreneurs. She founded and still runs a healthcare business in Derby. Kavita has appeared on TV shows including The Secret Millionaire and The Apprentice: You're Fired!
Twenty-year-old Tom Mursell runs a website for school leavers called notgoingtouni.co.uk. He was named as a Future 100 Young Entrepreneur in 2008, lives on the south coast and supports his local football club, Southampton FC.