Applying for a Job

When applying for a job, there are many things to consider. These may include:

  • Role - your first step should be to consider the type of job you'd like to do. Would you like to work in an office, or do something more hands-on? Would you prefer a creative or analytical role?
  • Industry - once you've decided on a role, think about the industry you'd like to work in. Many roles are transferrable between industries, for example there are a wide variety of business who have a marketing department.
  • Hours - would you like to work full-time or part-time? Do you have commitments that require flexible working, or term-time only?
  • Location - do you want to be within walking distance? Can you drive to work? How long are you willing to travel for each day - including traffic delays?

If you're not sure how to decide on the role you'd like to do, visit the CareersBox for free, work-related film content covering hundreds of different employment and training opportunities throughout the UK

For information on writing a job application, please visit the Prospects website.


How to Find a Job

The idea of "selling yourself" to potential employers can seem daunting, but it's worth remembering that even the most successful business people started where you are now! 

If you're unsure of how to go about finding a job, take a look at the article below from Save the Student:

10 smarter ways to find a job


CV, Portfolio or LinkedIn?

In years gone by, a Curriculum Vitae (CV) was the standard way to present your qualifications and experience for potential employers. Normally a text document, this would also include your contact information and a personal statement.

In creative roles, it is common for potential employers to ask to see a portfolio of your work. This could include artwork, photography, written content, videos, and audio files. As well as creating a physical version of your portfolio that you can take along to interviews, you may wish to consider using Behance - an online platform which allows you to create a digital repository of your work.

In recent years, LinkedIn has become a nearly essential tool in applying for work. The online platform acts as a social media network for business professionals, allowing you to create a profile which details the information from your CV alongside endorsements and recommendations from your colleagues and employers.

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