Services for Young People Hertfordshire Services for Young People

Supporting your child - finding a job

Many jobs now offer training at work or time off for part-time study. This allows a young person to earn and learn at the same time. Learning at work can lead to an nationally recognised or industry qualification

Things you could do to help:


When looking for vacancies

 Encourage them to:

  • Register with the National Apprenticeships Service
  • Check local newspapers each week for vacancies
  • Ask family and friends to let them know if they hear of any jobs
  • Write speculative letters to employers they are interested in
  • Use local employment agencies
  • Look on the internet at job search websites


When writing a CV or completing an application

 Remind them:

  • That their email address and answerphone message must be professional
  • That they need to make any phone calls themselves


Offer to help them:

  • Identify their key skills and qualities and think of examples to illustrate when they have used these
  • Think of outside interests and achievements which could strengthen their application
  • Tailor their CV or application to the job by including relevant information
  • By double-checking spelling and grammar


When going for an interview

 Make sure they:

  • Have researched information about the company
  • Dress appropriately
  • Have planned their journey and how long it will take


Parental Guidance - a website written by the Careers Writers Association for Parents and Carers, or those supporting young people with their future decisions