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Welcome to a very exciting Youth Employment NEWS e-magazine. As you will be able to see the magazine has taken on a whole new look this month, with thanks to a new edition to our team; Luke Simco. Luke has become a YEUK Youth Ambassador and runs his own Design and Print Company. In addition to Luke, Chris Speedy has also joined our volunteer team, Chris is an experienced careers advisor and will be supporting us with content and editing. Big thanks to both of our new supporters. The September ONS figures revealed that youth unemployment has had a small decrease, the number of young people NEET is now 958,000. Youth unemployment is not reducing at the rates it should be, especially given the £1bn investment in the Youth Contract and other funds and programmes. We are worried that the figure of 958,000 misrepresents the problem in the UK; we believe there are many more young unemployed people not claiming job seekers and missing off the youth unemployment register. In addition there are many more young people who are underemployed or working zero hour and part-time contracts when they really want permanent and sustainable employment. Government has now put in place an All-Party Parliamentary Group that will focus on Youth Unemployment, an action we really welcome at YEUK. It will be great to see how we can help the group and what they come up with. We hope that you will find something of interest in this month’s magazine, it is put together with a team of volunteers and our young writers, we could not do it without them. Kind Regards, Laura-Jane

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Could I study abroad? 10 things you should know. Not all undergrads abroad are middle class – many go abroad because tuition fees and/or living costs are lower. Most foreign universities that recruit UK students teach in English, though you may need to learn the basics of the local language to get by with things like shopping etc. The USA & Holland are both very popular choices as language is not a barrier. Some Lithuanian and Eastern European universities teach in English and link up with universities in America to run joint programmes. You could study in both countries. If you want to study medicine, the Czech Republic is very popular as they offer cheaper tuition fees and the cost of living is much lower than in the UK. Tuition costs vary wildly but most are less than in the UK and, in most cases, EU citizens are entitled to the same help that the local people get. Thus, if the local students get their fees paid in full, then you should get the same. There is a private company called EUNiCAS who can help you in your application for a €28 fee providing contacts, support and updates as well as information on applications. However, do your own research as I’ve haven’t used them. As an EU citizen you would have the same rights as local people to find work within the EU. You need to check the compatibility of the proposed course – will a UK employer accept your qualification? Most employers favour students who have studied abroad as they can be more self reliant than those who studied close to home. At the end of your degree you may well find that you wish to continue living abroad and it could lead to a lot of travel.

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by David Shindler - Dash Coaching Whether struggling to look for a job or desperately trying to leave one, we all have our breaking point. Marina Shifrin went one step further when she filmed herself doing a break dance to make her point. Fed up with being taken for granted and not enamoured with her role or her boss, Marina was still at work one night at 4.30am and decided to tango on the office desks and in the toilets to the music of Kanye West. She later added some no-nonsense captions to the video culminating in a definitive ‘I quit’. The video has clocked up 4.6 million views on YouTube! Check it out here http://youtu.be/Ew_tdY0V4Zo

back to haunt her later in her career? What might be the repercussions of publically dissing your (ex)boss and employer? What will potential future employers feel about it? This can go one of two ways: either Marina will be seen as a potential liability (lock up your offices at night, folks) or a feisty, independent spirit given the right environment. I suspect this is a one off occasion as a repeat won’t have the same novelty value or impact. However, it might just open up doors that would never have opened because she stayed true to herself and took a risk. Although I don’t believe she set out to get millions of hits online, isn’t that about standing out and being entrepreneurial?

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Top tips for getting into the building trade

1. Choose your trade – Take a look around the area you live and see how many building sites there are. New houses, schools and offices are going up everywhere around the UK. Every new build needs a range of skilled staff to make it happen. Look in to the various trades and see what floats your boat; find out about salaries, working conditions, skills required and find out what the future looks like for that trade. Here are just a few of the construction trades available: • • • • • • • •

Plastering Bricklaying Carpentry & Joinery Painting & Decorating Plumbing Electrical Planning Management

2. Get Qualified - colleges offer a range of construction courses, full-time and part-time. Get in touch with your local college and find out what course you need to do, costs, starting dates, if they find you a work placement etc. You could also consider short courses to build up your skills: Health & Safety, Lifting & Handling, First Aid etc.

OR 3. Start an Apprenticeship - they start at any time of year and can be put in place with either your current employer or by approaching an employer. Your college or local training provider will be able to help you find out about construction apprenticeships. 4. Obtain a Construction Skill Certificate Scheme card (CSCS) -This can be applied for online; the test costs around £17.50. You will be given your

test date which you will need to revise for. Manuals are available online. The card (once you pass) costs around £35.00.

Comprises over 280,000 businesses covering some 2.93 million jobs which is equivalent to about 10% of total UK employment.

5. Buy your Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) - These can be bought online or at a builder’s merchant for around (£35).

The construction industry was heavily affected by the 2008 recession but it is now turning the corner. Despite the problems of the recession, the UK remains one of the largest construction markets in Europe.

6. Register with HMRC for a Unique TAX reference number (UTR) - Should you want to be selfemployed this is key; it can take up to six weeks and until you have a UTR number you will be taxed at a higher rate. 7. Build up your tool bag - while you’re learning your trade, build up your essential trade tools 8. Learn from others’ experience - get to know your trade well, it will help you advance to a specialised area. Ask questions from the people you work with and be ready to learn. 9. Work hard and Be Reliable - show that you’re interested and a hard worker; use your initiative around the site and always ask if you can help when you have finished your work. 10. Network and Get into a Gang - Many builders work in gangs, starting in threes. Be sure you build your network, make a good impression and keep in touch with the contacts you make. Get to know other contractors in the business - you never know when you will need a reference or new job.

The UK has a world-wide reputation for construction services such as architecture and development The proportion of employees in construction with a degree, or equivalent qualification, almost doubled over the last decade. The construction sector is an important provider of apprenticeships. Employers in the wider construction sector are more likely than average to offer formal apprenticeships: 17% compared to the all sector average of 13% But because of the effects of the recession this has fallen and recent analysis shows that some 86% of employers in the construction sector said they would be unlikely to start an apprentice in the next 12 months. Project management skills are in high demand in the sector Data taken from Dept. for Business, Innovation and Skills “An economic analysis of the sector” July 2013

With these in place you find long term work in the trade.... Construction Facts: Construction is one of the largest sectors of the UK economy. It contributes almost £90 billion to the UK economy.

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Whats Next Tips on Preparing for Your Next Adventure

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What is your next step? Are you heading to Sixth Form, applying to College or University, or applying for apprenticeships, internships and jobs? If taking your next step ever feels daunting or scary, remember to think about your long term (5 to 10 years) goals, this next step will take you towards your end goal and should be exciting. What do you need to take with you on this adventure? (personal statement, CV, references, certificates) Who can help you prepare for it? (parents, friends, alumni, mentors, professional associations) Why is this adventure important to you? (your dreams, goals and values) Whether your next step is into further education, an internship or job applications, many of the things you need to think about are the same. Tip One: Know yourself, be yourself What have you most enjoyed about your studies this year? What would you like to do more of? What did you discover you found boring, or just avoided doing? Tip Two: Look how far you’ve come! Take the time to think and write about some of your proudest achievements this year. Not just because it will boost your confidence and make you smile, but also because it will help you get noticed by colleges and employers. It can be tough to get started, so here are a few questions to help: Q1: Were you a member or leader of a team this year, in sports or in other activities? How did you contribute to its success? Q2: What challenges, failures and setbacks did you face this year? How did you overcome them and find the motivation to carry on? Q3: Did you receive an award or prize or some positive feedback? How can you best mention this in your applications? Tip Three: Ace your applications Only now, having focused on what you want and why you are a great candidate, should you start writing your applications. Be original Give examples Nicola Tanner is a careers education trainer and coach with InspireEducation.

Liam Taylor an apprentice from the Apprentice Supermarket took some time out to talk to us about his apprenticeship experience. What is your background, how did you get on at school, did you go to college, what were/are your career ambitions? I went through school with no real clear goals in mind; I had no clues as to what to do for my immediate future. I averaged my GCSE’s and stayed for 6th Form. Leaving school with sub-par grades, not really knowing what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. Why did you choose an apprenticeship? I needed work experience, and this gave me a qualification along with experience in a working environment. How did you find your apprenticeship, what was the process like, did you need certain qualifications or experience, was there an interview? I was initially on a work experience/training “Boot Camp” course with the Apprentice Supermarket. They didn’t want any qualifications, because the idea was to teach me everything within a working environment. At the end of the four weeks we all had interviews to see if we would be kept on for apprenticeships.

What is your apprenticeship like? What’s a typical day, what is the qualification side of the work like? It’s just like working, but with someone there to tell you what to do and how. It takes a massive load of pressure off; every day is a new learning experience. As for the qualification, you hardly notice it’s going on. We had an assessor come in maybe once every two weeks. Do you get much support from your employer or training provider? Everyone is there to help you. I could go up to anyone at any time with any problem and they would do their best to help me. Also, the amount of time and patience my employers and managers set aside for me still baffles me to this day. Do you enjoy being an apprentice? Being an apprentice has been an experience I have thoroughly enjoyed. What are your plans for when your apprenticeship is complete? I now have clear ambitions within the workplace. What advice would you give to someone thinking about starting an apprenticeship? Just go for it. Nothing bad can come of an apprenticeship. Even if you decide it’s not the job for you, you’ve been paid a wage while learning, gained a qualification and had fun doing it.

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CV’s. I already had a CV and I didn’t think they had anything of value. However, during my PGCE course the careers advice team helped me with my personal statement and gave me interview tips. They also had great workshops. Had I sought advice before then - who knows where the path would have taken me!

STUDENTS HAVE YOUR SAY Recently the BBC published a story declaring that fewer university students have part-time jobs than ever before. We were curious as to why? During my time at university, more students had part time jobs than didn’t; not only to boost income but to also help settle into a new town and meet new people. However, research shows that there has been a large decline in students working. The NUS say that “there is not the demand for student labour” and there are suggestions that students are under so much pressure with their studies that they “don’t have the time” to take on employment. Does working during your University years compromise your ability to succeed? Or do you think with youth unemployment being so high that it is actually more important than ever to have a job alongside your studies? Tell us how it is for you... To work, or not to work? Let us know here are YEUK: email us at: admin@yeuk.org.uk

Name: Becky Carr Age: 24 Qualifications: Psychology Degree & PGCE Can you give us a brief summary of your background? I finished school with really good GCSE’s and an International Baccalaureate. During Sixth Form I had two part time jobs. I then went on to study Psychology at University. While at University I was made redundant so I took a short contract in the Loire valley cleaning and tutored French once a week. Following that I couldn’t find any work due to “lack of experience”. Once I had graduated with my 2:1, I went back home where I secured a year’s contract as a teaching assistant. I met my now husband and moved, and applied for numerous jobs with the same results as before. I finally got a job in Sainsbury’s, applied to do a PGCE course and volunteered in a Primary School. Once I finished my PGCE, due to “lack of experience” I couldn’t get employment teaching so took a short contract as an ESL teacher. I’m currently working as a supply teacher. Did you apply for or consider any graduate schemes? I considered going into HR, based on advice that it was a pathway from a Psychology degree. However, they refused because I didn’t have HR degree or experience in the field. I also considered retail management. Did you do any volunteering while you were at University? Not during, but volunteered before going to University to do a PGCE, this helped me get onto the course and built a strong relationship with the school. They give me the majority of work now. It’s good to get out there ASAP! Everyone talks to each other! What careers advice did you seek during your University study? During my first degree, I spoke to family and friends, I thought the careers advisors would be useless based on the way they advertised, writing

How did you find job hunting postUniversity? How long was it until you found work? I found it a challenge. It seemed to me that there was no respect for the fact that I had balanced work and a University education during a time when employment was unsteady and the economic climate was declining. Also, employers used the “not enough experience” excuse too often. I applied for over fifty jobs in ten different industries and it took three months to find a job. I believe it would have been easier if I picked one industry and focused on getting employment there. This way I could have focused all my efforts and built up more experience. Have you done any unpaid internships? Do you think they are valuable schemes? No, but the principles are similar to volunteering. Employers talk and research with the people around them in the same industry. If you give 100% and use your initiative when suggested, then your reputation is there for future employers. I hold volunteering and unpaid internships in very high regard. I know it seems less than desirable to work for no money which you need to survive but the long term reward is worth it. Are you employed now? I do supply teaching so technically I’m employed by six schools who call me when I’m needed, it isn’t ideal. The schools have been brilliant in giving me experience and support. I’m hoping I will be in full time employment next academic year. Could you tell us how your employer supports employment? The school is positive with helping; they’re always looking for volunteers and are very supportive of people looking to join the profession. Plus there are education summer camps which are good fun and also look good on your CV if you are going into education. What advice would you give to people who are searching for employment? Get out there, chose which industry you want to work in and do everything to get experience. Volunteer; take short contracts as summer jobs, internships or job shadowing. The list of things you can do is inexhaustible. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t get the first job; keep working on your portfolio.

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Career Advice in Schools is Unsatisfactory, Ofsted Finds By Holly Motion Ofsted has found that only 12 out of 60 secondary schools and academies have been doing a satisfactory job with careers education, according to a report published this month.

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The Apprenticeship Guide is a fantastic publication designed to give young people quality information and support around the world of apprenticeships. The guide is published every year with the support and backing of the sector skills councils. Each new publication brings the very latest updates around funding, frameworks and new apprenticeships. It is a very Youth Friendly read, it is easy to understand, inspirational and excellently produced. Young people and careers advisors alike love it. Here at Youth Employment UK we are delighted to announce that the creators of The Apprenticeship Guide have seen the value of our campaigning and membership work and have now become big supporters. The Apprenticeship Guide has joined our growing membership and in addition has applied for and has been awarded the Youth Friendly badge, showing their full commitment to helping tackle youth unemployment. “Having the support of The Apprenticeship Guide means a lot to us at YEUK; it is a great endorsement when someone who is already heavily invested in helping young people, sees the benefits in joining with us. Creating more positive noise about youth employment” said Laura-Jane Rawlings founder of YEUK

ukCES Twitter campaign brewing up mass support for youth work experience by Holly Motion The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) have launched a Twitter campaign to champion work experience for the 958,000 unemployed 16-24 year olds in the country. Under the hashtag #notjustmakingtea, the UKCES has gained considerable support as hundreds of people have tweeted about their own experience of brewing tea and trying to impress on placements. Since its launch last week, the campaign has attracted attention from large organisations and those who have made a success of their weeklong chance to make themselves indispensible. One follower tweeted: “Sophie, who was but our humble intern not six months ago, will be directing her first piece of work for us this Friday #notjustmakingtea” UKCES are encouraging others to join the # campaign and get the cause trending. Reema Malhotra, UKCES policy manager said:

“We really wanted to get these messages out and persuade employers to recruit and develop more young people.” The long-term decline in the types of jobs young people tend to do and the structural barriers in the labour market are believed to hinder 16-24’s ability to gain the experience they need to enter employment. Ms Malhotra said: “We must go beyond the narrow definition of work experience as 2 weeks doing menial tasks during the summer term.” UKCES said the response had been better than anticipated and many people had agreed about the importance of giving young people the chance to do more than just make tea.

YEUK’s view Here are some of the key facts from the UKCES campaign we wanted to share with you: How many employers offer work experience? According to the UKCES only 1 in 4 How is this broken down by sector? Education – 63% Health – 50% Business – 28% Transport – 25% Agriculture – 21% Financial Services – 20% Manufacturing – 19% Hotels & Restaurants – 17% Construction – 15%

The Ofsted report, “Going in the Right Direction”, has declared major failings in the schools assessed as it declared that they are “not working well enough” to provide careers advice to pupils. Only one quarter of the schools visited were found to have provided students with sufficient information on a wide range of career possibilities. Charlotte Runner, a recent school leaver said: “We were pushed to go to University but not given any other options.” Having informed the career adviser of her desire to work in primary education, Miss Runner was told she should pursue a career as an estate agent instead- something she professed to have no interest in. Miss Runner said she felt disappointed and upset by the consultation and was offered no follow-up interview or additional advice. The Department for Education was also criticized by Ofsted for failing to provide clear enough guidance to schools about how to provide independent and impartial guidance. The National Careers Service, responsible for providing telephone and website support to people up to the age of 18, was also told to review the accessibility of their website and market their service more effectively to young people. Janet Colledge, of Careers Defender, said: “I think careers advice needs to be flagged up as more important than it currently is. “I feel a lot of students refuse help simply because they don’t know what’s on offer.” Mrs Colledge said an increase in the number of private companies and charities getting involved in careers education would likely occur in the next five years. Ofsted recommended that government provide clearer, explicit guidance to schools on what constitutes a comprehensive careers guidance programme. The report also said that schools should develop and implement a clearer strategy to ensure a wider range of progression routes are promoted.


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Careers Information & Support The National Careers Service is the government’s portal for all things Careers and Advice; you can connect with them online or talk to an advisor over the phone. You can browse over 750 different career profiles, check your skills, build a CV and much more - 0800 100 900 Youth Employment UK – Of course you can join our social media pages Facebook Twitter and Pinterest where we promote latest news, views, advice and opportunities. Be sure to also register to be a Youth Member as you will then get access to a load more resources and info. YEUK Members Employability Hub Colour Your Success Your Career Mentor Bright Track Revolution Hive Shaw Trust

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You can search for thousands of College or Universities through the UCAS website and Unistats

The obvious starting point is the National Apprenticeship Service you can find out more about apprenticeships, funding and search for vacancies and training providers near you.

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Are you an employer? Have you ever thought about the benefits of working with young people? Did you know that... You can develop your own staff skills by training and mentoring? Mentoring is the process of sharing valuable knowledge, skills and experience with an inexperienced mentee, to encourage, guide and motivate them to aspire to reach the best of their capabilities and abilities.

What’s in it for you, the employer? Inspire, challenge and up-skill employees leading to enhanced productivity. By understanding the learner the mentor is able to support effectively which impacts on reduced costs of staff retention. An enhanced and motivated workforce who are loyal and grow with the company with the same shared values, goals and plans. Retain and advance talented employees. Open up new channels of communication. Demonstrate that the organisation invests in people and encourages opportunity for an equal and diverse workforce. Increases autonomy and accountability for all staff involved in the process. Mentors help improve a young person’s self-esteem, attendance and absenteeism.

What makes a good mentor? Someone who wants to help other people achieve their potential. Someone who is reliable, honest and can secure the trust of others and who understands the need for confidentiality. Someone who has great coaching skills; active listening, gentle questioning and probing, non-judgemental. Someone who can put themselves in another’s shoes. Someone who is able to build the confidence of another and encourage them to lead and make decisions. Someone who has experience within a particular area and can impart their knowledge in a positive, motivational and inspiring way.

How can I set up mentoring in my organisation? Firstly you need to think about the purpose of your mentoring scheme, what you want it to look like and what success would look like. You then need to get the buy-in and commitment from your staff, encourage them to shape the programme. Matching mentors and mentees is a process that needs careful consideration, you need to look at the skills within your team and the personalities to understand which mentors would inspire and support which mentees best. It is important that you have a training plan in place for your mentors, help them to understand how to be the best type of mentor and develop protocols for potential problems, encourage your mentees and mentors to design the training and the protocols With your team, create a mentoring commitment so that everyone is investing in the process. Encourage the mentors and mentees to identify goals early on so that they can see where they are heading and track progress. Evaluate what is working and what needs refining throughout the process.

Mentoring is a great way of supporting your young employees but your staff may also like to consider one of the many external mentoring programmes, where they support students in a local school or through a third party mentoring organisation that will link them up with young people interested in a specific job, or from a particular background etc. Remember! If you are supporting young people, your organisation could be awarded with the free national Youth Friendly Badge! 20

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This is a summary of their September Report on Jobs; we would like to thank the REC for their support to YEUK and for allowing us to share this data. September saw another rise in permanent and temporary appointments, the greatest number of permanent appointments happened in the North and for temporary staff it was the Midlands at top of the table Both private and public sector demand for staff rose. The number of candidates registering with recruitment agencies has fallen. Salaries for both permanent and temporary staff placements have been on the increase. Which sector recruited the highest number of permanent staff? Construction, Engineering, IT & Computing Executive/Professional, Accounting/Financial Secretarial/Clerical, Nursing/Medical/Care Blue Collar, Hotel & Catering Which sector recruited the highest number of temporary staff? Engineering, Blue Collar, Nursing/Medical/Care Construction, IT & Computing , Secretarial/Clerical, Accounting/Financial Executive/Professional, Hotel & Catering What skills were in demand or in short supply? Accountancy/Financial: Accountancy, Banking, Finance, and Insurance. Blue Collar: Semi-skilled operators, Skilled trades. Construction: Project managers, Quantity surveyors. Engineering: Automotive, Design engineers, Electrical, General engineering, Geotechnical, Heavy engineering, Mechanical, Rail, Revit technicians, Structural, Subsea. Executive/Professional: Business development, HR, Marketing. Hotels/Catering: Chefs, Front of house. IT/Computing: Business analysts, Cloud, Developers, Digital marketing, GWT, Java, .Net, PHP. Nursing/Medical/Care: Clinical diagnostics. Secretarial/Clerical: Legal secretaries, office support. Other: Customer service, Languages, Sales.


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We had a look at all the routes to get qualified in the UK today. From apprenticeships to college or the traditional university route The cost of learning to you and the average yearly cost of living... Apprenticeships Apprenticeships are a great way to earn while you learn. Entry level is typically level 2, minimum wage is £2.68. This increases in line with the national minimum wage once you are 19 to £5.03.You can start an apprenticeship at any time throughout the year; if you are currently in employment and wish to qualify you can ask to do an apprenticeship with your employer. College Colleges of Further Education offer vast numbers of courses typically ranging from level 2 courses to those that can open university doors. In addition to this, NQV qualifications are on offer as are post-19 access courses. Once you are clear on which qualification you need for your future career there are learning costs to consider. University The traditional university route comes after A levels. However, you are now also able to do this with a level 3 vocational diploma. Leaving for university is for many 18/19 year olds the first step towards independence. Moving to a new town/city and becoming responsible for living costs. Here is a comparative breakdown of the three routes to qualification....

apprenticeships

college

university

Cost of education per year

£0

Cost of education per year

£7,000

Cost of education per year

£10,133.00

Cost of living rent, rates, food, social life

£0.00 live at home for free £1,300.00 travel £1,560.00 social

Cost of living rent, rates, food, social life

Cost of living rent, rates, food, social life

Expenditure per year

£2,860.00

£1,300.00 rent (Some parents will want to take a little bit of your wages for rent) £1,300.00 travel £1,560.00 social

Expenditure per year

£11,160.00

£4,834 for rent, £1,956 for food, £316 for household goods, £42 for insurance, £2,074 for personal items, £1,524 for travel and £1,310 for leisure (According to NUS)

Approx earnings per year

£5,156.32

£0.00

Expenditure per year

£22,189.00

Approx yearly salary on completion of qualification

£18,000 per year

Approx earnings per year Approx yearly salary on completion of qualification

£17,000 per year

Approx earnings per year

£0.00

Approx yearly salary on completion of qualification

£26,500 (according to bigchoice.com)

Note: These are approximate figures only, salaries and costs will vary depending on qualification, location and employer. How was it for you? Get in touch and share your cost of learning stories with us here at YEUK emag@yeuk.org.uk


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• Always make sure you type and present your CV professionally. • Keep to a maximum of two pages. • First impressions count - CV’s have been known to be entirely written in capitals. Don’t make the same mistake! • Make sure you save it and back it up to a memory stick. • Double check it for grammar and spelling mistakes - this goes for company and people’s names along with streets and towns. Then get someone to check it for you! • Take time when you can to update your CV - then when that amazing position comes up there are only a few changes to make. • Don’t exaggerate grades - these will be checked. • Don’t pretend you were the head of a department - every member of staff is valuable and the skills you have learnt will be what you future employer is most interested in . • Hobbies: Use this space wisely! References to reading and socialising with friends doesn’t tell the employer much about your ability to carry out the role or that you are an interesting and active sort of person. In fact, if you think about it, it shows the opposite! • References - make sure you choose people who actually like you and that you have their permission. Double check you have their correct address or the letter may not get there. It’s polite to let them know to expect a letter or phone call. • Use your name, not your nickname - another common blunder that will end up in the bin! • Make the effort to set up a separate email for job hunting rather than the one you made up to impress/shock your friends and linked to all your social media sites . • Make sure your voicemail is turned on for missed calls and is also professional. These small details can mean getting the job or not!

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