Thinking of getting your first job? Then you'd better get clued-up on what's out there, how to apply and shine in a job interview...
Whatever kind of job you're going for, the way to go about it is much the same... (For info regarding employment law, pay, etc, see the Holiday Jobs factfile).
Jobs are advertised by:
You could also take your CV along your local high street - even if they have no vacancies you can show them how charming you are, so when they do have a vacancy you'll be the person they call.
It stands for Curriculum Vitae, and is basically one side of A4 containing your personal details, skills and experience. Your careers advisor at school or college can help you put a good CV together.
You need to send a cover letter with a CV, and some employers want you to complete an application form. There's detailed info on cover letters and application forms on these websites:
Everyone has to get a first job, and you can big up your transferable skills on your CV. If the job description asks for 'excellent communication skills' or 'organisational skills,' you can mention occasions when you had to use these skills, e.g. being a prefect or getting all your coursework in on time.
If an employer rates your CV and application form, you'll be invited to an interview. The general rules of interviews are: