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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Continuing the job hunt!

Right, thats it!
I've had enough!
When you hear about young unemployed people, you assume they are all dole dossing people who can't be bothered to get a job.
In my experience, this is NOT true.
In the past four months, I have applied for over 37 vacancies and have attended 3 interviews.
I've applied for absolutely everywhere, and I'm gonna post on here where/what I've applied for.
  1. Phones 4 u
  2. Greggs (x2)
  3. Webbs
  4. NHS care assistant
  5. Administrative council job
  6. Apprenticeships (x5)
  7. AAlco
  8. Tern consultancy
  9. arcade assistant
  10. Coin processor
  11. Administrative job with Staffs Moorlands
  12. Help the aged
  13. Datatec group
  14. Esporta
  15. Lloyds TSB
  16. ASDA
  17. KFC
  18. New look
  19. James Brindley High school
  20. Swimming teacher apprenticeship
  21. Sainsburys
  22. Select
  23. Odeon
  24. Matalan
  25. WHSmith
  26. FM recruit
  27. Macdonalds
  28. Co-op
  29. Care assitant Mill Rise
  30. Subway
  31. Warehouse assistant
  32. production operative
  33. Shop assistant
  34. Sales assistant
  35. Receptionist
  36. JJB sports
  37. Laundry assistant.
Still NO Job!!
I think the thing holding me back is my experience, but ffs I'm 17, I haven't got any experience!
I've got good qualifications and NO ONE will give me a chance.
My mum doesn't pay for me, and as I'm not old enough to claim jobseekers I have to live on basically nothing. Sam gets £100 every two weeks, but it isnt enough for both of us.
I get up early to take CVs everywhere, I apply for about 2 jobs a day and now I'm really starting to think I'm never going to get one!
Rant Over.
If anyone can think of anywhere else I can apply for - don't hesistate to post a comment!


  1. It's a catch 22 isn't it?! Employers need an employee to have experience but an employee needs an employer to give them experience. I think the majority of young people find themselves in this kind of situation so you're not alone.

    I studied GCSE's, went straight onto A levels and then straight into University. I absolutely hated the first year, quit, had a nervous breakdown and became severely depressed. In this time I applied for benefits (I had an illness which meant I couldn't work); I got Income Support but was denied Incapacity Benefit which meant that they believed I could work and therefore didn't need any benefits (i.e. they stopped my Income Support).

    I was 18, looking for a job and had no valuable experience! I went to my local Connexions and luckily, there was a job for a Clerical Assistant which I applied for, got and worked at for a year and a half. Through this time I realised what I wanted to do with my life (I'd always had an inkling but the passion had died during the depression) so I quit and now I'm back at University. I'm 22 and going into my second year of Applied Community and Youth Work Studies.

    I'm new to your blog (I saw this post on Twitter: so I'm not familiar with your history.

    Did you do work experience at school?
    What qualifications do you have?
    Are you at school / college? If not, do you want to get back into education?
    Do you have an idea of a career you want to go into?

    I'm assuming you need a short term plan (need money NOW) and a long term plan?

    My first port of call would be Connexions. Connexions can be a bit hit and miss - some advisers / centres can be really helpful, others not so much.

    I would also try the Job Centre, although because of your age, they might just point you to Connexions (13-19 years of age or up to 25 if you have a learning difficulty or disability).

    I would also look into volunteering ( as this is a great way to build up experience without really needing experience (depending on the volunteering opportunity of course).

    Hopefully this has helped in some way! If I can help in any other way, just let me know.

  2. Alright Kim.

    It's Becci Gill.

    If you want to get experiance why dont you try Volenteering somewhere? There is a whole range of Volenteering jobs.

    Go on google, and search for Volenteering jobs in your area.
    You Should find plenty. Thats how you gain your experiance, and that way you might also land a really good job.

    Just volenteer for a few days a week, or maybe do a few different things to fill your week.

    Most of them pay your expenses. So your bus fare, and food is paid.

    And you never know you might actually enjoy it.

    Id recomend Volenteering for things related to old people. Because then you can get a good job in a nursing home, and im sure you would enjoy it.

    Hope this helps, and Good luck finding a job.

    Take care. Hope you and Heidi are okay hun.

    xx Bex xx

  3. Hey chick-I would definitely try Connexions if you haven't already. They may find some training or course that you're interested in (which will help with the job hunting later on) and they can help you apply for care to learn to cover any childcare costs (if you're lucky they will help you find somewhere you're happy with too).

    They can also check that you're getting all the benefits that your entitled to. I was a young mum with a partner who wasn't working and it does often seem that all the support is geared towards single mums only which is rubbish if you want to support yourself.

    Connexions should also know about local apprenticeship opportunities, which may be a good option for you, as well as help with your cv, interview skills etc....

    Good luck anyway - this recession can't last forever!?? x

  4. OMG that list is soooo long! I didn't realise that it's so hard to get a job. Well, maybe it's because I don't look for any right now. But I think that my situation would be similar to yours. Anyway, don't stop searching. Eventually you'll find something.
    Take care!

  5. Hello,
    I already volunteer at the British Heart foundation, so I've got a good reference from my manager there. I go to connexions but they can only do so much. I was signing on at the jobcentre but after 3 weeks of signing on they eventually decided to tell me I wasn't entitled to anything. Its getting ridiculous now...


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