Thursday, January 17, 2019

The art of a good CV 17th January 2019


The art of a good CV






Your CV is designed to be a summary of your experience, skills and education.
In the world of recruitment, people often say that employers will spend a maximum of 30 seconds reviewing a CV.


Your CV should be written with one purpose in mind – to make somebody want to meet you in person.

Target your CV to the job, it is very common to have more than one CV
Consider your layout, your CV must be clear, logical and easy to read.  There are plenty of downloadable CV templates online

Keep it concise, general rule is not to go over 2/3 pages

Avoid cliche's, don’t use statements like “love working as part of a team”, “I’m dynamic” or “have good attention to detail” as they lose their impact, they want to hear about ‘YOU’

Make the content do the talking, not the colours. Save selling your personality for the interview

Proof read thoroughly, make sure your spelling and grammar is perfect
Honesty is the best policy, never be tempted to lie on your CV


The interview will be in the bag!!
 
Keep your personal statement punchy and use it to sell what you could add the business



More information can be found on our website or you can email us hello@jobs4teens.co.uk


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Monday, November 5, 2018

Stockport Mum addresses the issue of teenage unemployment




Michelle Brickell from Reddish, who was brought up in community where everyone knew each other and where the children played out together, believes that today’s young people don’t enjoy the same early opportunities to socialise and gain experience in the work place as she did in her teenage years. In Michelle’s experience, there are huge benefits for young people who can develop a work ethic at an early stage and discover the benefits of earning their own money:

“I was lucky to grow up at a time when Saturday jobs were the norm. It gave me the chance to mix with people of all ages, learn social skills and develop a degree of responsibility. I’m sure that this also helped me to better prepare for the working environment when I left education, something that I feel is often lacking in today’s younger employees, but it is not necessarily their fault.”

The High Street of today looks very different from that in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s where many of the smaller, independently owned businesses have given way to larger, commercial organisations. But Michelle believes that there are still opportunities available and she is launching a website to help businesses recruit young people.

Jobs4teens.co.uk provides a portal where businesses can register as members to gain access to thousands of pre-screened teenagers who are actively looking for a job or employment opportunity, it provides a central source of information for parents, including work directives for young people to gain safe and meaningful employment that is suitable for their age group.

“While my children were growing up I worked as well as looking after a home with my husband. We lived a comfortable lifestyle, nice house, cars and holidays and our children didn’t want for anything. But we wanted them to understand the value of working from an early age as my husband always had some sort of job earning his own money when he was younger too.”
Michelle continues, 

“From aged 13, our children were encouraged to find work, and gain that experience of having some independence, whilst earning money of their own, and to appreciate what it takes to have things they want and not to rely on us to give them everything. We wanted to instill a good work ethic into them which turned out to be a very important thing for them in the years to follow.”


However, when Michelle’s daughter wanted a Saturday job, she struggled to find something; there are many informative sites on what teenagers can do and at what age; hours, days they could work etc. but nothing to actually find a job. This highlighted the need for a website like Jobs4teens.

Launched this week jobs4teens.co.uk is where teenagers would go to find work, and where businesses will get matched to suitable teenagers enthusiastic to find work. jobs4teens.co.uk provides a portal where businesses can register to gain access to thousands of pre-screened teenagers who are actively looking for a job or employment opportunity.

“What I have created is a fantastic website that’s easy to use and full of useful information and giving teens the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience, earn money and gain essential skills and confidence, helping to provide the future UK workforce.”
To find out more or to arrange an interview with Michelle Brickell, please contact her michelle@jobs4teens.co.uk or telephone 07398 325346

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

HOT News!! 17th October 2018



All good things must come to and end.............and be replaced by something far better!!


On 5th November, JOBS 4 TEENS will be making an exciting announcement which is all part of our master plan to make JOBS 4 TEENS even

HOTTER!!!


Set the date in your diary................

REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE 5TH OF NOVEMBER!


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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Taking on a Teen, more than just filling a gap in your workforce, 6th September 2018

Taking on a Teen, more than just filling a gap in your workforce
More and more businesses are recognising the benefits of employing a young person on a part time basis.
A survey carried out by Investors in People last year shows that the top reasons for employers seeking young people are:

- ability to be moulded (32 per cent of employers)
- enthusiasm (30 per cent of employers 
- willingness to learn (20 per cent of employers)

The benefits are MUCH more than just filing a gap where you need a member of staff.




Save you money long term on recruitment. Teenagers can offer a cost-effective way to grow a workforce. If you put time and thought into who you recruit, this can result in a very positive return on investment. Build loyalty with your younger workforce by giving them an opportunity some others wouldn’t and invest some time in them and look at longer term opportunities with them post A Level or post grad. You can save money on recruiting a young person via our employer vacancy portal at jobs4teens by posting your jobs here. And don’t forget, we don’t charge small local companies so please let us know if we can help by dropping us a line


A better corporate image. A better image from clients, shareholders, employees. Are you meeting your Corporate Social Responsibility obligations as a business (whatever your size)? Investing in local teen talent is a low cost, easy and active means of working towards achieving the social and economic element of your CSR. Its great local or national PR. Benefit your local community and boost your brand!

Young People can help develop your workforce. As well as financial benefits, introducing a young person to a team can give your staff the opportunity to develop their own skills, such training and management. A young person can bring in fresh perspectives, ideas and solutions, even increasing friendly competition in a team. Taking on a young person can also give you the opportunity to have greater influence in the kind of employee they become. You can work with them to encourage common values and good practices from the outset, help prepare them for their next move after GCSEs, an apprenticeship, A Levels or a degree.

Are you a Teenager looking for a Job? Then view all our jobs available at jobs4teens

Young people are enthusiastic and full of energy! Yes, they are! Jobs4teens has thousands of them. Most register with a CV have put time and thought into this and present themselves incredibly professionally despite being young and not always having any work experience. Whilst we offer them advice, most don’t really need much. Of course they're motivated by money and their earnings – who isn’t? BUT, many recognise there is much more to an opportunity than the financial gains.

In the right environment and with the right supervision, young people can excel within a company and surprise even the most apprehensive of employers. 


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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

You can’t have done better than your best – GCSE results week. 24th August

You can’t have done better than your best – GCSE results week. 24th August

You can’t have done better than your best – GCSE results week. 24th August

Well done and congratulations to you if you got the results you expected – or better!
If you didn’t get the GCSE results you were hoping for, try not to panic or worry as you have still got loads of options. Be kind to yourself - remember you’re so much better than your grade. If you have genuinely done your best then you can’t do better than that. There are always other options out there and knowledge is power. So read on!

There’s no need to panic.  There is loads of impartial advice available, the BBC has some particularly useful advice and information. Speak to the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or webchat with an advisor.

You have loads of choices….

Don’t rush into a decision or discount any options – talk to your families, teachers and careers advisors about your options. There may be some possibilities you hadn’t thought of.

Resitting Exams  You can resit your maths and English in November, but for all the other subjects you will have to wait until summer 2019 and there may be a cost to sit the exam depending on where you’re studying and the examining board. Talk to your teachers – do they think you are in with a strong chance of a better? If you need to resit a couple of exams then you might be able to do this alongside your A Levels, Btec, other vocational study or apprenticeship.

Are you a Teenager looking for a Job? Then view all our jobs available at jobs4teens


Request a remark! If you’re sure that you really should have and deserved a higher grade than you got, you can request a RoR (review of results) and usually should do this via your school or provider. You can also ask for a copy of your marked exam. It varies from examining board but AQA have some good guidance. Bear in mind, that if your ask for a re-mark your grade may be raised but also could be lowered or remain the same.

What if I don’t get the grades I needed to do A Levels? Call the college or sixth form and ask them! If you’re not far off the grades you needed then they may still accept you. If not, then try other colleges or providers. Worse they can do is say no!

So what if they do say no? You could consider a Btec or a Cambridge National. These are a mix of theory and practical work based around your career choice. They may carry an element or work experience and some are accepted by universities.

Apprenticeships.  Last year, 92% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved as a result of them doing an apprenticeship, reports Prospects. Apprenticeships allow you earn a  wage,  combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. You'll be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week either at a college or a training centre. By the end of your apprenticeship, you will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in your chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level. Or, onto higher education.

At Jobs4Teens we have loads of apprenticeships listed on our jobs search page where you can filter down by jobs type such as part time weekend work, seasonal jobs and apprenticeships. But if you cant find what you’re looking for then the Government apprentice vacancy search should be your next step. You can filter down, search or browse by industry/sector, apprenticeship level and type and register for alerts.

And remember, if you’re in doubt about any of this, speak to your careers advisor or teacher to talk through the pros and cons of each option you are considering.
Once you have settled into your new course or apprenticeship, its always worthwhile thinking about a part time job to get some hands on experience, extra cash, bit more independence and hands on practice dealing with people. You can find all our vacancies for teens  – part time, seasonal jobs, weekend jobs and apprenticeships here

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Results week – how did you do? What next? 21st August.

Results week – how did you do? What next? 21st August.

So, last week we had A-Level results and this week its GCSEs. How did you get on or how do think you’re going to do?

If you got your A Level results and didn’t get what you expected to go onto higher education, don’t be left disappointed or in despair. You can, of course, go through clearing. Clearing is how unis and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses. It's an ideal way for you to find another course. You find courses (with vacancies) that interest you, and contact universities or colleges directly, to see if they will offer you a place. We hope that if this is the case you’re already onto it looking at what spaces are left on what courses across the country, but if you’ve taken a few days to get over a shock, then there is a really useful guide by The Telegraph and you will need to follow the official UCAS guidance

Are you a Teenager looking for a Job? Then view all our jobs available at jobs4teens


BUT, what about the opportunity to gain some high level qualifications, earn a wage, get ahead of your peers and get some hands on industry or commercial experience? An apprenticeship is a debt free education - a degree alone does not guarantee a high salary. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that more than a quarter of graduates in 2015 were paid less than the £11.10 an hour average for those on work-based training schemes. More recently, the Sutton Trust found that people who had completed level five apprenticeships (equivalent to a foundation degree) were expected to earn £52,000 more over their lifetimes than graduates from non elite unis.

Although vocational degrees are on the rise, university study is primarily focused on education and research. Following a theory-based approach you'll learn about your subject through lectures, seminars and workshops, and graduate with a Bachelors degree. You'll then head out into the world of work to test your knowledge and put into practice what you've learned.

Apprenticeships appeal to those looking for alternatives to university as they take a more practical approach to learning. You will focus on training for a specific profession and career and learn your trade by actually doing the job AND earn a wage at the same time.

You'll gain hands-on experience and have the opportunity to apply your skills immediately. On completion you could hold an NVQ, HNC or HND, while higher apprenticeships can lead to a foundation degree and degree apprenticeships can result in a full honours degree.

At Jobs4Teens we have loads of apprenticeships listed on our jobs search page where you can filter down by jobs type such as part time weekend work, seasonal jobs and apprenticeships. But if you cant find what you’re looking for then the National Apprenticeship Service vacancy search should be your next step. You can filter down, search or browse by industry/sector, apprenticeship level and type and register for alerts. 

Prospects have some really useful information and advice for those of you thinking about an apprenticeship post A Level. Read some of their case studies and find out a little more about Edward who works as an apprentice for Redrow Homes. Edward says, “An apprenticeship is a fool-proof way of gaining qualifications and knowledge while getting paid to do a job. A good quality apprenticeship is worth every second of your time and can even fund your aspirations of university study.
The best advice I can give to anyone working towards an apprenticeship is to stick at it, after a few years, who knows where it will lead?”

On Friday this week, we will be looking at apprenticeships for school leavers post GCSE. If you have any questions in the meantime, you can drop us a line.


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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

More than just the money. The benefits of being a working teen. 17th August 2018

More than just the money. The benefits of being a working teen. 17th August 2018

The Princes Trust Youth Index (their annual report)  for 2018 has focused heavily on young peoples ambitions, opportunities and well being. Young people feel ambitious about their career, but a lack of confidence and skills are still significant barriers to overcome.

Having a job when you’re in school or college not only puts some money in your pocket but gives you work experience, independence, confidence and a better idea of the type of career you want. Experience outside of the classroom can boost your chances of being accepted for an apprenticeship, a place at college or university.

The most obvious benefit to getting a job in school or college is that you’ll be earning some cash. Even if the job doesn’t pay well, or relate to your future career, or seem all that fun, there are still loads of benefits to having a part time job.


You will learn the importance of money management. When you start earning your own money, you will gain a better understanding of how to handle it. Working hard for your money will help you appreciate important personal finance such as the benefits of budgeting and the importance of saving.
You’ll Learn New Skills. No matter what your first job is, even if it seems incredibly easy and/or incredibly boring, you’re guaranteed to pick up skills you didn’t have before. These skills can include anything from learning how to work a till, to building customer service skills, to figuring out the knack to balancing all those restaurant plates on your arms at once. The skills you learn may not be that interesting to you, and they may not be anything close to the skills you need for your future career, but it never hurts to gain new knowledge. It may end up being interesting or useful to you down the line.

Are you a Teenager looking for a Job? Then view all our jobs available at job4teens

You will learn how to handle responsibility. Being a good student takes a lot of responsibility but if you learn how to balance school studies/hobbies and a part-time job, you will learn the true meaning of responsibility. As you grow older, your amount of responsibilities will only increase so learning how to multitask at an early age will better prepare you for the future.

You will build confidence. Confidence in lots of areas but by earning some cash, knowing that your employer and colleagues rely on you, learning from new situations and dealing with types of people from all walks of life that you wouldn’t normally deal with, are all great ways of developing and building confidence and pride in what you do. If you’ve waited on tables and dealt with an angry customer calmly and politely, then this all translates to other areas of your personal and professional life.

You will show future employers / college admissions officers that you are motivated to succeed. Most college admissions officers like seeing work experience on an application. To them, working a part-time job shows maturity and conscientiousness and it doesn’t matter if it isn’t a job related to your studies. ANY experience is good experience.

Are you an employer wanting to offer all this to a teenager looking for a Job? Then register with us for free now at jobs4teens

And most of all, use a job as an escape! It can often be a welcome focus from the pressures of studies, homework, exams and even life at home The Princes Trust Youth Index gauged young people’s happiness and confidence across a range of areas from working life to physical health. The latest report demonstrates that young people’s wellbeing has fallen again to a new low this year. You can read the full report here. At Jobs4Teens, we believe that wellbeing, whether its emotional or physical, can be boosted by financial security, self confidence, pride and self awareness – all these things you would get from having a part time job.
Thinking about looking for a job now you know all the benefits? Start your search here

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