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Job for DD(13 Posts)
My 18 year DD worked weekends at a florist since she was around 14/15, going full time after her first year of college from May that year until January the next year then back to part time whist she went back to college.
She worked part time at the florist for about 9-10 months until last year before it got brought by someone new and she and a few other girls were just told "don't come in again after this week" as the new people had their own staff already. Over all she worked there for 4 years.
Since last year she's been applying for every job she comes across with no luck! She's had a few interviews but nothing more. The feedback she gets most is she doesn't have the right experience.
She left college last month and won't be going back now so she really does need a job. She is so keen to get one and is fully flexible so she's so disheartened everytime she doesn't get anything back from the hundreds she's applying for.
Please any and all advice on what we can do will be appreciated!
what sort of jobs is she applying for?
Is she just doing online or in person too?
She she applies and doesn't hear anything does she chase them up? Same with after interviews?
Tell her not to let rejections get her down, she'll find something eventually. People always go on about how there are millions of jobs going so it isn't hard and you're lazy if you don't try hard enough to actually get one but the reality is much different. Now is the hardest time to get a job in decades. It's not just her who is struggling.
Does she get jobseekers?
She's applying for everything she can, she has called after a few jobs she doesn't hear from but they mostly just say they don't keep track of unsuccessful applications.
She is doing it mostly online but does ask about jobs in person too.
I didn't think she was old enough to get JSA yet. I'll look into it. Thanks
Could she do a course in floristry? She's got plenty of experience...would she like to do that?
Retailers will start looking for Christmas staff in a month or so. At the end of September / start of October, she should print out a big pile of CV's (keep it simple, 1 A4 page if possible) and hand one in to every store in town.
PS yes, she's 18, so she should be entitled To JSA
Just a thought but have you checked her CV to make sure there aren't any spelling/formatting issues? We'd bin a CV straight away if it had a typo.
Check her CV dates, spellings etc. Is it relevant to the jobs she's applying for?
When I was reduntant for a job I'd been in for years I made up a CV and started job hunting, not a sniff. I went to the job club at my local library and they helped me to focus it differently add more relvenat details, take out the fluff and reformatted it. I got a lot better response and got a new job very quickly.
Find out what job specific training is available to her, there may be short courses that she can attend that will make her more employable, you can find out at your locla library or job centre
My DS4 (turned 19 in July) was exactly the same.
He applied for everything and anything. I told him to check at our local hospital for apprenticeships. He has been happily working for the NHS for about 9 months....doing apprentice office admin. Day release once a week to our local college. The drawback is the really low apprentice wage for that age BUT thats the only drawback. He found the jobs by googling our local hospital and going onto their vacancy section.
Another vote for checking her CV. I moonlight as a CV writer and some of the errors and poor formatting decisions I come across daily - even among experienced candidates - would amaze you.
Another thought, if she's been out of work at least a month she needs to get some organisation into how she's applying for jobs.
Set aside time everyother day to apply, then record the applications. Chase up on the applications after 3-5 days and get feedback. A lot of employers like an eager applicant and that can be the difference in her getting an interview.
She needs to look at this as if it were a job in itself IYSWIM
But first job is making sure the CV is the best it can be
My 18 year old (unqualified) daughter has been working in a care home over the summer covering staff leave and has remained in the temp pool to do the odd evening and weekend. She managed to get them to offer her the (paid) 2 day introduction to the dementia unit as this is less popular with the other temps
sorry meant to add look at all employent boards.
Reed - also has great advice for applicants
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