What Work Cambridgeshire and Rutland 2016 - Page 29

Information and guidance for young people aged 13-19 Applying for a job by phone 33 Make sure you know the name of the person you need to speak to. If you’re not sure, ask for the personnel or human resources department or main reception. 33 Prepare the questions you want to ask beforehand and have them written down in front of you. 33 Have a pen and some paper ready to write down anything you feel is important. 33 Introduce yourself clearly and thank the person at the end of the phone call. 33 Make sure you have enough credit on your phone! Getting it right the first time Employers often receive so many applications for a vacancy that they look for ways to sift out those who may not be suitable. If you don’t look out for the following points all that hard work could be straight in the bin... »» Spelling or grammar mistakes »» Too much information »» Not enough information »» Scruffiness »» Not completing every part of the form (put ‘none’ if you aren’t able to fill in a particular section such as previous employment) »» Coloured paper or pen »» An email address that isn’t appropriate for an employer And make sure that you relate your skills to the job on offer. Job adverts: what do they mean? Sometimes employers use words in their adverts that we’re not really sure about. They might do this to attract a certain type of person or because they use a particular type of language in the workplace. To cut through some of the jargon, visit the National Careers Service website (‘How to find a job’ section). Interviews 33 Make sure you know where the interview is being held and that you can get there on time. (Leave some time for delays). 33 Find out about the company or organisation first, for example what they do and how big they are. 33 Prepare some questions that you want to ask about the job. 33 Make sure you have everything you need for the interview such as progress files or certificates. 33 Try to answer all the questions with more than just ‘yes’ or ‘no’. 33 Speak clearly, smile and thank the interviewer at the end. 27