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Helpful Tips to Land Your First Job

Whether you’re looking for a full-time or part-time job, earning some spends on the weekend or taking that first step on your career ladder, our tips will help you in the hunt for your first job. 

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1. Know Yourself

Think about your interests, skills, and availability. Are you a people person who thrives in a fast-paced environment? Or do you prefer a quieter role that is more about the details? Knowing your strengths will help you find something that’s a good fit, which could mean you’re more successful in securing that job.

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2. Explore Your Options

There are lots of fantastic opportunities out there, from retail and hospitality to volunteering and apprenticeships. Research different types of jobs and industries to see what sparks your interest. 

Remember, your first job doesn’t have to define your future career path, so give yourself the freedom to explore. Every job, big or small, is a chance to learn valuable skills and build your confidence. Remember, even small steps can lead to big opportunities!

3. Create a great CV

Even if you’re young, having a well-presented CV (Curriculum Vitae) is key. Keep it short; one page is ideal, and focus on relevant information like your contact details, education, and any previous work experience (including volunteering or school projects). Use clear language, proofread carefully (you can use free tools like Grammarly in English or Cysill in Welsh), and remember to tailor it to each specific job you apply for. More CV creating tips here.

4. Ace the Interview

First impressions matter! Dress appropriately for the interview (even for a casual job), arrive on time, and greet the interviewer with a confident smile. Be prepared to answer common questions about yourself, your skills, and why you’re interested in the role. Researching the company before your interview shows interest; they may ask you questions about their work. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, too – it shows interest and initiative. They’re likely to ask if you have any questions for them, so having a couple prepared will help.

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5. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Remember, you’re not alone in this! Get guidance and support from friends, family, or a careers adviser at school, college, or university. They can help you with your CV, practice interview skills, and offer encouragement.

Need More Help?

Visit the Careers Wales website or make an appointment with a Careers Adviser. They can help you plan your career, prepare to get a job or find and apply for the right apprenticeships, courses or training.

If you’re facing any challenges in your job search, contact Meic for free, confidential advice and support. Call 080880 23456 or chat with us online. We’re someone on your side. 

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